Free Tibet in every packet
Tibet seems to be the latest decent cause du jour (as noted at the Decentpedia). Since my own knowledge is pretty limited, I'm going to limit myself to a couple of observations. First, the Decent narrative is, as ever, one of a people yearning to be free who are crushed by diabolical totalitarians. Well maybe. But note the contrast with other contexts where the Decents line themselves up on the side of the forces of modernity against the the remnants of medieval servitude. If the Decent tardis went back to 1949, who is to say that they wouldn't have been denouncing the lamas in terms currently reserved for Qaradawi and the Taliban and lining up with the Chinese Communist Party, as the representatives of "progress"? (cf also the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, of course.) Second, I note that they are busy recycling the claim that the Chinese have killed 1.2 million Tibetans. A few moments googling tells me that this claim is hardly uncontroversial, to say the least. More to the point, how come the Decents recycle such factoids uncritically when it suits their agenda, but express pop-eyed incredulity when standard techniques produce answers they don't like for Iraqi excess deaths?