A tragedy or merely tragic?
In lukewarm US support of Chinese dissident, a lesson in strategic interests
In the 1983 movie “Educating Rita,” aging British Professor Frank Bryant teaches his young, commoner student how to read Macbeth. Comparing Shakespeare’s character with someone who is killed by a falling tree, he notes coolly “we must not confuse tragedy. . . . with the merely tragic.” It’s a tragedy “for the poor sod under the tree,” she replies. I’m finding myself in the same linguistic dilemma over the plight of China’s blind lawyer and dissident Chen Guangcheng.