The 2008 Beijing Olympics
Posted by Ryan on August 8, 2008
Berlin 1936: Hitler’s Nazi Germany hosts the Olympics not only to showcase the prosperity which National Socialism had brought the Reich in the middle of the Great Depression, but also to bask in the attention given to such clean streets and orderly very white people.
Beijing 2008 will not sell such a facade. We all know the deal with China and have not been living through a period like the 1930s. China offends than it impresses people. The changes China has made which it would like to showcase are those that make China look more Western, more like the rest of the world. Yet, the smog cannot be whisked away at whim, which serves as an appropriate pall over the games — as if even the air in China is somehow sending a message that not all is right in the Middle Kingdom. I applaud President Bush for making human rights statements while IN China, like he did today at our new embassy.
I’m going to watch some of the games, rooting for America to win some gold. I appreciate the notion that being more engaged with China will put the appropriate pressures on them with the appropriate forces so that our ideals may be achieved with a maximum amount of political stability for China, but I can’t help but root against them and their form of totalitarianism.
So: Free Tibet, Falun Gong, and everyone else in those Chinese jails there for simply expressing their human dignity in the face of a pseudo-fascist commie state!
Photo snuck out of China in a toy panda bear placed at the bottom of a rusty transport ship on a non-descript dock in Shanghai… not really, it’s AFP.