Matt Archbold graduated from Saint Joseph’s University in 1995. He is a former journalist who left the newspaper business to raise his five children. He writes for the Creative Minority Report.
There is a blind man in China who made a mess. A big one. And the most powerful people in the world are doing everything they can to make it go away or just ignore it.
Chen Guancheng is a blind human rights activist who has protested his country's forced abortions and sterilizations. After months of beatings at the hands of his guards, Chen pretended to be sick and laid up in bed. He and his wife studied the movements of the guards, according to ABC News. In the middle of the night, Guancheng slipped past nearly 100 guards stationed around his home and escaped into the night.
This would seem like a near perfect ending to a Hollywood movie accompanied with soaring music and rolling credits as Guancheng reportedly made his way into the U.S. embassy in China.
The United States Secretary of State was getting ready to board a plane for a high profile meeting with Chinese officials. And the blind human rights lawyer makes that meeting a little...awkward.
China doesn't yet even want to acknowledge Guancheng escaped. And the U.S. doesn't want to upset China.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in the hours before the meeting with China declined to speak directly about Guancheng and only said the U.S. sought an “effective, constructive, comprehensive relationship” with China.
She refused to elaborate.
President Obama also declined to comment on the Chen case Monday.
In 2009, while the blind man suffered in prison, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was quoted as saying that any discussion of human rights with China "can't interfere with the global economic crisis, the global climate change crisis and the security crises,"
Hey, you've got to have priorities.
Vice President Joe Biden said of China's human rights abuses last year, "You have no safety net. Your policy has been one which I fully understand -- I'm not second-guessing -- of one child per family."
President Obama is in the midst of a struggle to force religious institutions to act against their conscience by forcing abortifacients.
So you could see why this might be a little awkward for all involved.
In a video message to Premier Wen Jiabao just last week, Chen called on the Chinese leader to protect his family. "If you continue to ignore this and do nothing, what will the people think?" Chen said.
Yes. What will people think about those who ignore this?
Let's all pray for a hopeful resolution.