Repeat After Me, China Bad, USA Good

Binyam Mohammed

A British woman held in China for three days without charge after a Free Tibet demonstration is to be released and deported, Downing Street has said.

Mandy McKeown, 41, from Bristol, had been expected to be detained for 10 days following the protest in Beijing.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown raised her case when he met Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao on Friday.

No 10 said China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs had taken notice of the “personal interest” of Mr Brown.
(Source: BBC News)

Hmmm… let’s see…

Mandy McKeown gets arrested and held with no charges. Gordon Brown is incensed and personally steps in. Hooray! The PM standing up for the average Brit imprisoned falsely, with no charge.

Binyam Mohammed gets kidnapped by the CIA and transported to the torture camp at Guantanamo. What does good old Gordon Brown do?


Ah well, it took three days to get Mandy McKeown released. Maybe he’ll get round to Binyam?

After all he’s been held with no charges for six years.

So, here’s how it works:

When China imprisons a Brit with no charge, that’s outrageous! We must get them released immediately! Three days is a nightmare, how dare the Chinese do this!

However, if the USA kidnaps a UK resident, tortures them, and then holds them in horrific conditions with no charges, Gordon Brown will keep quiet. For 2,190 days.

Yep. Seems entirely fair to me.

And just to clarify I’m not a supporter of the Chinese government. The Chinese state is a vicious, murderous regime that stifles dissent and disappears anyone it doesn’t like the smell of. All I’m saying is that the US government is no different, despite what you might see every night on your telly.

So why do China’s crimes count where the USA’s don’t?