The timing of Tibet's independence protests against China is not surprising. This was probably planned all along.

The CCP bosses are very upset right now — being made to look bad just before the Olympic torch carry ceremony is to start.

This could cause serious fissures in the fabric of Chinese society as mainland residents don't like the reputation being created by their party's Draconian crackdown measures.

It will be interesting to see how this unfolds in the weeks ahead. There will likely to be many more deaths before it's all over. And it's becoming increasingly difficult for the Chinese to hide such human rights violations from the outside world.

Capt. James Carlyle Green

past China resident

Cedar Hills