Tuesday, August 15, 2006

God Bless Freedom

For those of you who don't know me, I work as a security officer at Saint Martin's University (until August 27th). It’s an easy job that pays the bills... most of the time. Tomorrow I am going to be escorting a group of Chinese exchange students to Sea-Tac for their flight back home. I am going with them to ensure none of them flee, and try to hide out in the US. In essence, I am there to stop anyone from defecting to the United States.

When I was in high school, there was a Chinese foreign exchange student, Shabi (I have no idea how it is actually spelled). While she was here, she got a lawyer to inquire about her gaining asylum. The Chinese government found out about it, withdrew her visa, and demanded she return to China. She was arrested and put on a plane to LAX for the return flight. While at LAX she escaped and vanished into the crowd. Last I heard, which was years ago, she was hiding out somewhere in New Mexico.

Here in America we take our freedoms for granted, forgetting that the American life is not the norm around the world. We forget that there are people who will abandon their families and homes just for the chance to escape from their government. These Chinese students are a perfect reminder of that.

We do not know what oppression is. The whole Western World has forgotten what it is to live in fear, and dream of freedom. When another country cries out for help, we ignore their pleas. Almost all of Western Europe was against the liberation of Iraq, while almost all of Eastern Europe, where the memory of Soviet tyranny is still fresh in their minds, was in favor of it. We no longer heed the cries of the oppressed; instead we sit back and complain about American influence destroying foreign cultures, regardless how evil and sinister that culture is.

Tomorrow I am going to drive up to Sea-Tac and do my job. I am going to watch these Chinese students get onto a plane dragging them back to the domination of the Chinese Government... But if one decides to run, I will give them a head start.

God Bless America, and God Bless Freedom.

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