February 1, 2022

Dr. Thomas Sowell, undated, public domain

Dear Editor,

With once semi-democratic and freedom-loving Hong Kong effectively “fallen” (along with Tibet) into totalitarian Red China’s inexorable and veracious liberty-devouring grasp on the watches of both Donald Trump and Joe Biden, ringing loudly are sage words of great, leading-from-the-front-in-battle-soldier and conservationist, American President Teddy Roosevelt: “Talk softly, but carry a big stick!”

US President Barack Obama was as weak as water (while Donald Trump held more positions on Crimea, and Russia generally, than Joe Biden has on US southern border control) when saying the US would not have a new cold (or hot) war with Russia over despotic, Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea. Now, appearing quite hapless, present-day US President Joe Biden (with the positively hyena-like, salivating/drooling, and lip-smacking over Taiwan, Chinese Communist Party looking on) is looking as weak (in fact,  impotent) over Russia’s impending invasion of the Ukraine as the Obama administration was over Crimea (and Benghazi when the American Ambassador was assassinated).

Great African-American Korean War Veteran and economist/philosopher Dr Thomas Sowell appears to well sum up the attitudes of Obama, Trump, and Biden towards Russian aggression with his own:

“Freedom has cost too much blood and agony to be relinquished at the cheap price of rhetoric.”

And after – absent from the 2022 Australian Open! –  Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai’s obvious volunteering to play exhibition matches for Red China’s minority Uyghurs in democratic Xinjiang Province “holiday camps,” no doubt the “we love all minorities” spirited Tennis Australia’s Board and CEO Craig Tiley, along with the furtive Red China “Belt and Road Initiative”-loving Victorian Daniel Andrews and James Merlino-led Labor Government, would belatedly agree with the late, but still very great, freedom-loving American President Teddy Roosevelt?

Yours,


Howard Hutchins
Victoria, Australia

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