According to at least one fool, yes. From this AP story, the fool’s name is Joseph Bellina:
At the lobby ceremony, building manager Joseph Bellina called the lights a high honor and said he was proud of the relationship between “our countries and our people.”
I believe we need to maintain a relationship with China and its people. The Chinese have a long and great history; the Chinese people are a force to be reckoned with, and I mean that in the most positive of ways.
Their current communist government that seized power 60 years ago, on the other hand, is directly responsible for the deaths of tens of millions of their own citizens. Yes, the regime is not nearly as bad as it once was. It is still pretty awful; stinks on ice awful. It oppresses its people, and is not free by any stretch of the imagination.
By all means, let’s engage with China; let’s trade, in the hopes they will continue to liberalize. But let us never honor communism or any communist government. And let us never fool ourselves into thinking that because we trade with China they are like us in our love for freedom.
A much better “honor” might have been to light up the tower with the Tibetan colors. But, we are cowards on this score. Don’t wish to anger our Chinese trading partners.