Fred Hiatt on the Dalai Lama and the Obama administration

Even a broken Hiatt is right occasionally:

Throughout the autocratic world, there are people fighting back — priests and poets, honest reporters, incorruptible lawyers. Most of us will never know their names. But they watch what happens in the White House. When a dissident is turned away, they take note. When a dissident is welcomed, they take heart. To them, no gesture is empty.

“Of course, your government has to decide what is the best strategy,” Anwar said during a visit to The Post last week. “But the perception also is important. Because once you give a perception that you are softening on human rights, then you are strengthening the hands of autocrats to punish dissidents throughout the world.”

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