The reports on the possible release of Chen Guangcheng and then also He Peirong contain a crucial lesson as Reggie Littejohn states:

“Some say that quiet, back door diplomacy is the way to deal with the detention of Chinese human rights defenders.  But human rights activists have found that high profile, public pressure is far more effective.”

LifeSiteNews learned long ago that such public pressure is frequently the only way to get results on moral issues conflicts simply because corrupt liberal leaders, when it comes to such issues, are often manipulative and dishonest. They will only take responsible action if undeniable, disturbing facts are made very public and a campaign is organized to force needed resolution. That is the real world on the street which political operatives are well aware of.  Getting many persons involved in determined public campaigns will create far more effective pressure than only a few persons foolishly acting alone.

Trying to work “quietly behind the scenes” with political manipulators tends to be a disastrous strategy, placing those who attempt such strategies, and who usually hugely overestimate their influence and skill, at a big disadvantage. Next time you hear from a leader, “Everything is being taken care of. We are working quietly behind the scenes”, challenge him or her and ask what assurances they really have that this is indeed the best strategy. Ask them to give examples of when it has worked well in the past on such issues. I doubt they can.

Steve Jalsevac
LifeSiteNews.com