Political Reactions and Responses on Liu Xiaobo: Birds of a Feather Flock Together
The proverb “Birds of a feather Flock Together,” is in use from 1554. The general explanation by Ornithologist about this particular birds’ behavior is that, they do so, for the purpose of safety in numbers. What about when human beings imitate this particular behavior in relation to the reactions or responses on political perspectives relating to political issues. Is it just for the purpose of safety in numbers? Answer is no. There are more motives for political reactions and responses. Let’s look at the political reactions and responses to Liu Xiaobo being awarded the 2010 Noble Peace Prize. What does Liu Xiaobo stand for politically?
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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Political Reactions and Responses on Liu Xiaobo: Birds of a Feather Flock Together The proverb “Birds of a feather Flock Together,” is in use from 1554. The generalexplanation by Ornithologist about this particular birds’ behavior is that, they do so, for thepurpose of safety in numbers. What about when human beings imitate this particularbehavior in relation to the reactions or responses on political perspectives relating topolitical issues. Is it just for the purpose of safety in numbers? Answer is no. There are moremotives for political reactions and responses. Let’s look at the political reactions andresponses to Liu Xiaobo being awarded the 2010 Noble Peace Prize. What does Liu Xiaobostand for politically?Liu Xiaobo, Symbol of Human Rights in China Why Liu Xiaobo is considered a criminal by China? What was his last activity that ledto his imprisonment? According to Aljazeera, in “December 2009, Liu was jailed for 11 yearsfor ‘inciting subversion of state power’ for his role in the petition and for online essayscritical of the Communist Party.” Note that, there are other events before 2009. Liu Xiaobo is not a common criminal, who robbed Chinese farm houses, sold drugs orpornography on Chinese streets, drove in reverse while drunk or raped Chinese schoolchildren. He is called a criminal because he was, “critical of the Communist Party.” He wascritical on issues of fundamental human rights in China. That is all. Thus, Liu Xiaobo is apolitical prisoner, who has been unjustly labelled as a criminal, for democratic politicaldissent. Liu Xiaobo’s imprisonment is a symbol of the incarceration of democratic humanrights principles and human rights activists in China. And this is confirmed by the 2010 NoblePeace Prize awarded to him.Noble Peace Prize for Liu Xiaobo The Nobleprize.org site declares that Liu Xiaobo was given the 2010 Noble PeacePrize "for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China". It wasnot given for: Any criminal activity… Any abuse of the Chinese people… Any usurp of theChinese people’s political power … The 2010 Noble Peace Prize for Liu Xiaobo was for his long, non-violent struggle forfundamental human rights in China. Let’s face it. China is definitely not an example on issuesof human rights. Liu Xiaobo incarceration is China’s foremost demonstration of its humanrights violations. Its seeking to suppress international recognition of Liu Xiaobo is furtherevidence of its practice of oligarchy authoritarian politics. All the rhetoric’s of China reflectsonly on the insistence, that other countries must follow its oligarchy authoritarian ways. So,now, we come back to the original question. Do human beings imitate the behavior of birds of a feather to flock together inreactions or responses on political perspectives relating to political issues? Answer is, “yes,they do.” And it is more than just for the purpose of safety in numbers.
Birds of a Feather Flock Together BBC World News in its article entitled: “Nobel peace prize: Who is boycotting theceremony?” The link is: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-11879731. In it, BBC has given alist of countries, what they said and its analysis of what was said. In reading it, one can seehow human beings imitate the behavior of birds of a feather to flock together in reactions orresponses on political perspectives relating to political issues.Birds Of A Feather Agree Together… Spokeswoman for China’s Foreign Ministry said that "As far as I know, at present, morethan 100 countries and organisations have expressed explicit support for China opposing theNobel Peace Prize, which fully shows that the international community does not accept thedecision of the Nobel Committee," So human beings flock together to show their agreement or disagreement on politicalissues. The question of the legitimacy, illegitimacy, rightness or wrongness of the involvedissue (Liu Xiaobo being awarded Noble Peace Prize) is not the focus of China. The focus ofChina, is, its claim that 100 countries and organizations support its rejection on the decisionof the Nobel Committee. It is a game of statistics. In China’s view the more statistics it hason its side, the more right it is. Is this so? Also, now the question is why 100 countries andorganizations seemingly support China?Birds of a feather agree together for??? BBC news analysis gives at least two specific insights to this question. All theanalytical reasons can be summarized into two groups. They are: 1. Practice of Authoritarianism. Certain countries agreed with China because they themselves practiced authoritarianism according to human rights groups. In this respect, the birds truly have the same feathers. 2. Political, Defence and Economic Links. Certain countries have political, defence and economic associations and links. According to this factor, the process and practice of in-groups and out-groups determines the political, defence and economic game. In-groups have to scratch each other’s back while covering each other’s back from the outsider (out-group). This includes political, defence and economic in/out group practices. In short, it is not just for safety (defence), that countries band together in theirreactions and responses to political issues; it is also for politics and economics. So the 100hundred countries and organizations that China claims as supporting it might do so forvarious political, economic, and ideological and defence reasons. It has very little or nothingto do with the legitimacy, illegitimacy, rightness or wrongness of the involved issue of LiuXiaobo being awarded Noble Peace Prize.
Conclusion Human rights issues are fundamental to all human beings. Its practices or non-practices shape the character of a nation. It decides whether a nation will becomedemocratic, oligarchy authoritarianism or dictatorship. So the fight for democratic dissentby persons like Liu Xiaobo is representative of the fight of democracy against tyranny. Each time, politicians of a country trade democracy and its principles for gains inpolitics, economics or defence, they are in reality selling the fundamental human rights’ oftheir people on the market of gain. And the gain is definitely not for their people. And whatis not for the people will be against the people. So, the real political criminals are those who go against the fundamental humanrights of the citizens of a democratic nation. The real political victims are persons like LiuXiaobo who oppose these kinds of political criminals who sell the fundamental rights of thecitizens of a democratic nation. In human rights’ perspectives, the political criminals arethose who practice tyranny. The victims are those who brutalized by tyranny. Viva Democracy, Viva Democratic Countries! And its democratic leaders, its independent judiciary, its people-centred armed forces and police forces and its great people whose political freedom is what collectively create a peaceful world. Viva! Viva! To Democracy