There's really only so much to be said for standing your ground. What good does it do your cause if you are killed, imprisoned or indefinitely detained?
No doubt these were the thoughts going through the mind of Chinese dissident writer Yu Jie before he fled his native country and took up residence in Washington D.C.
Yu Jie says it will be at least a few years until he returns to China. He claimed the Chinese government has threatened him with punishment as a subversive if he continues posting comments critical of their policies and writing stories which put the spotlight on what he considers the injustices committed by officials.
Yu Jie is just the latest in a long line of Chinese writers who have been outspoken with regard to the practices of the Chinese government. He risked his own life and the lives of everyone who knew and supported him in order to bring to light things which he believed were undermining Chinese society--the majority of which were committed, he said, by the Chinese government.
I am not here to take one side or the other. These arguments are best left to people who understand what is actually going on; who live there day after day; see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.
However, the fact Yu Jie felt so threatened he had to flee his country for a land on the other side of the world says a great deal. It also says something for his skills as a writer. China currently has what is arguably the largest military apparatus in the world. The fact they consider a single man, armed only with a laptop, a threat, is very telling indeed.