Must speak up for humanity

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 13 May, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 13 May, 1999, 12:00am

The reaction of indoctrinated and information-deprived mainlanders regarding the Chinese Embassy bombing is hardly surprising.

I am however disappointed with our local politicians. Since the very beginning of the Nato attacks nobody in the Legislative Council has had anything to say about the atrocities that have been and are at this very moment being carried out against the Kosovo Albanians, and if they have, it's been so low key that it's been unnoticeable.

Now, since the embassy bombing everyone is suddenly very opinionated and very upset with Nato. This leads me to believe only one thing. Our local leaders do not really care about the systematic rapes, executions, robbings and countless other inhuman acts committed by Serb military and police against Kosovo-Albanian men, women and children.

Even politicians who I highly respect such as Martin Lee are now saying things like 'The US is tampering with Chinese sovereignty'. Every reasonably informed person knows that the bombing of the embassy was a tragic error and not a calculated attack and of course China deserves a sincere apology from the US. But why is the fact that three people who have been killed by accident, overshadowing the worst war crimes in Europe since World War II? All civilian casualties, whether they are Serb, Albanian or Chinese are at the end of the day equally tragic. Why should it be sad only when a Chinese person gets killed? Somewhere around a million Kosovo-Albanians are now homeless, stripped of their belongings, money, dignity and countless people have seen family members murdered in front of them.

I can't speak for everyone, but to me it's pretty clear who has had to suffer the most in this whole ordeal. We need to start speaking up for humanity and not just our own race.