if dreams were lightning & thunder was desire, this old house would have burnt down a long time ago.

There's been a lot of talk about international protests regarding the worldwide traveling of the Olympic torch. Multiple arrests, violent conflicts (constructively viewed and documented as being perpetrated as much by the authority figures as the protesters themselves), lead the Olympic committee to be forced to piss or get off the pot.

The Chinese, however, in typical "Evil Russians from "The Mighty Ducks"" fashion, are being as hard-nosed as one could expect an evil world power to be. Denying the reality of the situation, condemning everyone worldwide who calls an end to blatant Human Rights violations, and refusing to negotiate is a standard position held by the Might in the Wrong (see: Communist Russia, Nazi Germany, the Japanese in WW2, and the US in Iraq). For their response, and a comical look at Eastern Bureaucracy, I urge you to Click Here .

Beijing was decided as the location to host the 2008, ostensibly because of China's growing "Economic and Political powers", says the committee. But isn't rewarding a country for becoming more economically and politically powerful, in the face of (and apparently in direct correlation with) their horrid and nightmarish treatment of anyone who dares disagree, whether it be on their continuously abhorrent treatment of the situation (Genocide) in Tibet, to their forced subversion, subjugation, and in some cases, outright murder of intellectuals, artists, spiritual leaders, foreign journalists, local protesters, poor chicken farmers with radios, children and orphans, mothers, fathers, puppies, Christians, Jews, Muslims (Did I leave anyone out? Are you getting the point here? EVERYONE?) only going to reinforce the position that the global world powers will turn a blind eye towards your soul-crushing practices as long as you're willing to dump some slippery cash into the situation and back up the US in our (I use that term shakingly, and with remorse) reverse Manifest Destiny (MOVE EAST, CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS, MOVE EAST)?

This is a time of political upheaval, when the US gets to see that not everyone in the world is going to treat international evils with a blind eye or an apathetic stare. We've dropped the ball in situations that were ridiculously hard to maintain (The middle east and African genocides to name two). These were situations that any country would have a hard time getting into. But our efforts were deplorable, and nearly insulting. The Beijing Olympics are a pretty cut-and-dry example of an instance where we as a country and a rationally-minded group of caring people can say "Nope. Sorry". If only there was a precedent set. If only we could look back at a situation and say "Hey we really made a mistake back then, in exactly the same scenario". It's a shame that nothing like the 1936 Olympics took place in history.

I'm sorry, this just in from Google: "For two weeks in August 1936, Adolf Hitler's Nazi dictatorship camouflaged its racist, militaristic character while hosting the Summer Olympics. Soft-pedaling its antisemitic agenda and plans for territorial expansion, the regime exploited the Games to bedazzle many foreign spectators and journalists with an image of a peaceful, tolerant Germany.

Having rejected a proposed boycott of the 1936 Olympics, the United States and other western democracies missed the opportunity to take a stand that — some observers at the time claimed — might have given Hitler pause and bolstered international resistance to Nazi tyranny. With the conclusion of the Games, Germany's expansionist policies and the persecution of Jews and other “enemies of the state” accelerated, culminating in World War II and the Holocaust.
" Oops. So hey, government, take this opportunity to do the right thing. It's commonly stated that "History repeats itself". But usually not word for word, step by step, within one person's lifetime. WE ALREADY HAVE THE PLAYBOOK ON THIS ONE.

I understand that there are two sides to every story, and I would like to give the Chinese standpoint on this one. Turns out, it's "WE'RE DOING NOTHING WRONG. LOOK AWAY. DO NOT MIND THE BLOOD ON THE FLOOR."

For a surprisingly all-encompassing, rational-minded, and non-partisan look at the ongoing Chinese Human Rights violations, Maybe You Should Click Here . christusrex.org did a pretty stand up job, again. Thanks, gents. (Guh? Dan sending readers to a Christian website? Call in the horses, boys, show's over?) They fact checked with Amnesty International. So I'll give them one, and you a quick list. SPOILER ALERT.

Restrictions on Independent Organizing
Restrictions on Free Speech and the Media
Suppression of Religious Freedom
Torture and Ill-Treatment of Prisoners
Lack of Judicial Independence and Due Process
-Arbitrary Detention
-Conditional Releases with Continued Deprivation of Rights
Death Penalty Increase
-Violence Against Women
-Abduction and Trafficking of Women
-Discrimination in Employment and Education
-Violations Resulting from Family Planning Policy
-Violations Against Female Children


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