“I’m all for human rights and the freedom of speech,” Dulmog announced over the newspaper he was reading, “and what’s happening in China about Internet use by the Chinese is alarming. The Government there have imprisoned those asking for political change on the Net. That’s a peaceful way…Would they prefer it on the Tiananmen?”

“There’s a line from LadyHawke that explains it all, Mog: Great storms announce themselves with a simple breeze, and a single random spark can ignite the fires of rebellion. I think the Chinese Government places a clamp on dissidence before it gets out of hand.

“China has a population of about 1.3 billion–the largest in the world. They say it’s easier to discipline a family of two rather than a family of five. Can you imagine if mother China allowed everyone to run amok with his or her ideas? But the government should exercise some form of moderation.”

“But you know, that Bastion of Freedom and Liberty has done the same, Yaw. One of their citizens went to Iraq to act as a human shield to protest against her country’s idea to go to war there. Her American Government now threatens her with imprisonment. Who defines freedom of expression?”

“Americans do have two different definitions of freedom, Mog, depending on who it’s applied to. They cry hell and high-water if freedom is restricted by a foreign country, calling it a breach of freedom and human rights. But when it comes to their own citizens, they call it breaking the law.”

“Then their laws restrict freedom, Yaw…”

“Yes.”

Human Rights in China