I searched through the leftwing blogs I know about and not one had anything critical to say about the current repression of peaceful demonstrators in Tibet by Chinese troops. I always wonder about the sincerity of the left when it couples intemperate criticism of the United States and the forces of decency and civilisation in this world with conspicuous silence concerning abuses by the largest totalitarian power on this planet. It is a part of the left's fundamental stupidity that reflects its racist, self-hatreds. The events in Tibet are a tragedy and the Chinese must answer for this tragedy.
Despite the lies of the Chinese government the Tibetans do not want Chinese people or Chinese culture in their country and who could blame them given Chinese invasion of Tibet, the Chinese treatment of Tibetan nationals as second-class citizens in their own country and through the fostered emigration of large numbers of Chinese to Tibet.
Unfortunately even with the Tibetan craftiness in staging demonstrations in the leadup to the Beijing Olympics I have no doubt that, if pressed, the Chinese will settle this issue with a bloodbath.
If they do all countries - including Australia - should withdraw their athletes from the forthcoming Beijing Olympics.