Hypocrisy is a disease that easily afflicts corporations, especially those that rake in $24 billion of revenue annually and run by self adulating execs. I find it very funny and annoying at the same time when I read posts talking about how morally upright (sic) Google is in standing up to the Chinese government.
It also amazes me that Google believes it can take on the Chinese government. Very funny. Not even the US government can take on the Chinese government. Their economy is the worlds third largest and about to takeover Japan for the second position. They are at the forefront of pushing the global economy out of recession. $24 billion is much money, but very insignificant in relation to the *country* Google is seeking to take on.
Google, you are a great company, and I really love your splendid products. But you are not God. Not run by God and cannot be God. Do not aspire to be. If you go into a country, follow the laws there. If you cannot, do not go there in the first place. China and its 1.2b populace have little to lose after your departure. You are not the only SE out there. Bing is coming. Should you not mend your reckless way of dealing with the laws of sovereign countries, you will someday land yourself in a Bing trouble.