Thinking what to put in the blog today, I had the idea to take some photos. Wuxi is rapidly changing because of all the construction. So I should do my best to try to chronicle this, because otherwise, I will be doing nothing but doing Wuxi China Expatdom or Wuxi China Expatdom blogging.
- Here are photos taken in late March 2011 on Zhongshan Road and at Nanchang Temple Market.
- The student reaction to the intervention in Libya is interesting. Last night, I asked if the students if they had heard about it, and they all seemed to indicate that they had. Asking if the intervention was necessary, I got the general impression that the students were thinking "America is in another war for oil!" I next asked the students if they thought Qaddafi was a good man, and I heard a wide range of reactions. The first student said Qaddafi was a great man for his people, comparable to Chairman Mao. I didn't know how to take it that -- was he serious or being sarcastic? The next student then said Qaddafi was a bad man. The other students talked about him being a good man for his people, mixed in with a few "so-so" opinions about him.
- My two cents worth, for what it's worth, about Libya is that foreign policy pronouncements can be tricky. I have yet to see what I see as a consistent rationale for all America has done through its history, foreign-policy wise. But then America has had different presidents who have had different takes on what their foreign policy should be. I will say that America's foreign policy, more than any other nations who have had the power, has had a humanitarian aspect to it. For instance, George W. Bush, despite many who would say otherwise, had a big humanitarian element to his foreign policy. Obama, no doubt, has decided to employ U.S. forces in Libya for humanitarian concerns, though I have Chinese students telling me he is doing so for oil. And it is easy to find previous Obama statements on foreign policy that are inconsistent with what he has decided to do in Libya. The one rationale, I have heard from Obama supporters for what he has done in Libya, is that he is not Bush in how he is doing it, or more simply he is not Bush. Obama is probably closer to Bush on foreign policy than many would care to admit. (Ralph Nader, strangely enough, is now saying both Bush and Obama have committed war crimes.)
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