Despite the fact history has clearly shown that “engagement” with repressive and murderous dictatorships to convince them to stop being repressive and murderous has been a complete and total failure, there are those who continue to advocate for that failed approach. One would think the following examples would finally prove to these advocates of engagement the abject failure of their scheme. But alas, that will most certainly not be the case. If they have not learned of the futility and folly of “engagement” with repressive tyrannies from decades of history, they will not learn from recent history.
A Glitch in the Engagement Narrative
This week, Human Rights Watch released its 2014 World Report.
The following two headlines grabbed our attention, as we’d been told by “experts” that the China and Vietnam models of U.S. engagement and economic “reforms” inevitably lead to political reforms.
Except the opposite is happening.
Here are the headlines:
Vietnam: Communist Party Tightens Grip
Activists were increasingly targeted by the Vietnamese authorities in 2013, worsening a trend of politically motivated convictions against peaceful critics.
China: New Leaders Fail to Embrace Genuine Reforms
The Chinese Communist Party reinforced its monopoly on power in 2013 through tough new measures and hardline rhetoric, dashing hopes that the country’s new leadership would engage in deep systemic reforms to improve human rights and strengthen the rule of law.