Michael Totten

Free Tibet

Jay Nordlinger in National Review implies that conservatives are behind the Free Tibet movement.

You will recall that, in previous columns, we have spoken of Meghan Howard, the Harvard kid who stood up to the Chinese Number One when he appeared at that school. Miss Howard is a supporter of the Tibetan cause. And the Harvard administration has come down on her for her disruption. Because, you know, that’s what it always does: penalize students for disrupting various events for political reasons. (That was a joke: Leftist students who do such things are patted on the head for their conscientiousness and good citizenship.)

Hang on a sec. Is “Free Tibet” a conservative idea on the East Coast?
In my part of the country it’s a left-liberal thing. I went to the University of Oregon in Eugene where every third hippie had a “Free Tibet” patch sewn into their backpack. Conservatives never seemed to pay the slightest attention to it.
Maybe it’s different at Harvard. Who knew? I certainly didn’t.
Is it true? Or is Mr. Nordlinger a little off base here?
UPDATE: Nathan Hamm thinks Jay Nordlinger is off base, and he has a lot more to say about the Chinese oppression of Tibetans and the rarely thought-about Uighurs of East Turkestan.