Sent a letter to Boeing this morning, thought I’d share with you.
After Boeing has profited (directly or indirectly) from every single foreign war the US has been involved with, and most of those wars have (at least publically) been about protecting or gaining freedoms, democracy and human rights for the citizens of less fortunate countries, it could at least pay lip service to those ideals. Instead, Boeing yields to the slightest pressure from China to withdraw VP Annette Lu’s invitation to visit Boeing. In doing so Boeing not only insults Ms. Lu and the 22 million largely pro-American Taiwanese, but also dishonors all the efforts of America, violent and non-violent, to uphold the ideals it so publically embraces and promises to promote. It’s very well known that Beijing seeks to strip Taiwan of it’s self-determination and isolate it internationally, going so far as to bar it from international groups as benign as the WHO.
In withdrawing Ms. Lu’s welcome, Boeing has not only slapped the face of the Taiwanese and their supporters, it also further undermines the sympathy we had for the US and even for Boeing after 9-11, and make a further mockery of the invasion and occupation of Iraq. Usually I ridicule reactionary moves such as the boycott of products from an offending country or company, but in this case I do indeed hope the Taiwanese government cancels it’s current and future contracts with Boeing and takes it’s business someplace else, like Europe.
While the rest of the world often wonders about the aims of US foreign policy, that of big business remains painfully transparent… just get the money and never mind who we’re dealing with.