A Central Asian Terrorist Group killed 16 Chinese soldiers near the borer of Chinese Turkestan and Tajikistan the other day.Â In the ensuing uncertainty, China beat several journalists….Â and then apologized:
Chunichi’s newspaper photographer Masami Kawakita, 38, and Nippon Television’s reporter Shinji Katsuta, 37, suffered light injuries after they were taken from their hotel by police and beaten, Kyodo said today. Kawakita’s equipment was partially destroyed, Kyodo said.
The border police have apologized after they “clashed” with the journalists who were trying to film a restricted area under police control, Xinhua said.
The journalists have accepted the apology and police offers to pay for repairs to their damaged equipment and medical bills, the Chinese state news agency said.
Meanwhile the Democratic Party is already mobilizing to oppose the War in Afghanistan:
If the going gets rough in Afghanistan, will a party that wanted to pull out of the Iraq “quagmire” at the first sign of trouble really back President Obama as he wages war, or will Democrats fracture as they did over the Vietnam War 40 years ago?
A Gallup Poll last week showed signs of potential trouble. While Americans generally believe — by a margin of 68 percent to 28 percent — that it was correct for the U.S. to send troops to Afghanistan, a full 41 percent of Democrats believe it was a mistake.
Only 55 percent of Democrats believe it was a correct move, as compared with 88 percent of Republicans and 65 percent of Independents.
Almost certainly, Democrats will heavily dominate Congress next year. They — and Obama, too — have extensive domestic priorities to meet and will face a huge budget deficit at the outset. Will they want another war to dominate their agenda?
It’s not clear how Obama means to “rout” the terrorists. Certainly, the 10,000 U.S. troops he wants to add to NATO’s current total of 62,000 (including 32,000 U.S.) will not be enough to control Afghanistan, which even 120,000 Soviet troops could not do.
It has been said the Chinese will miss George Bush.Â If Obama wins, that certainly will be true.Â Our relationship with China is based on trade, globalization, and increasingly the War in Central Asia.
An increasingly sizeable fraction of the Democratic Party opposes all three.