Weblog- WEF Davos- Times Online: Different strokes for different folks
The Times comments on Yahoo, Google and Microsoft caving into the Chinese in order to be able to conduct business in China. It's obvious that money is much more important to them than human rights. Even Bill Gates has defended the stance of these three companies bowing to the demands of the Chinese government.
I wonder how proud the employees of Microsoft, Yahoo and Google are to be participants in repression? To say that the employees of these companies are unaware of what is going on would be like saying that German citizens in 1944 were unaware that their country was at war.
Speaking of war, I'm reminded of Dow Chemical's stance during the Vietnam war that the sales of napalm to the U.S. military were hardly amoral as they only accounted for six percent of Dow's profits.
I presume that the present and future income from China is of a significant amount to outweigh any concerns about minor things like freedom of speech or freedom of religion.