Thursday, March 02, 2006

Say No to the Communist Olympics

Now that the Winter Olympics of Turin (or Torino) have ended, the eyes of Olympic watchers are turning to the next Olympic host city, which for now is still Beijing, the capital of Communist China. Not content with the Hitler Olympics of 1936 and the Brezhnev Games of 1980, the International Olympic Committee chose to fete a dangerous, anti-freedom, and murderous dictatorship yet again. However, we can still show our determination not to let freedom be slighted by either the IOC or the Chinese Communist Party. The democratic world can demand that the 2008 Games be moved, and that if they are not moved we (the U.S., Canada, and the rest of the democratic world) should not let our athletes step foot in Communist China for the Games, but instead will conduct an alternate sporting event on our own.

Why am I raising the issue now? For starters, it would take time to move the Olympics, or to establish the alternate event. An alternate city must be chosen and made ready in either scenario. Additionally, the Communists will soon begin a two-year propaganda warm-up for the Beijing Olympiad, so it would be best to make the case against it sooner rather than later.

The reasons for moving or boycotting the Games are clear. No regime has more blood on its hand than the Chinese Communist Party. It has murdered over 60 million people in just over a half-century. Moreover, its murderous ways (contrary to popular belief) have not let up one iota, as shown in the persecution of Falun Gong and the Hanyuan County massacre.

Additionally, Communist China is a menace to the democratic world. The regime is the largest benefactor of terrorism on earth. To this day, it has propped up the Stalinist regime of Kim Jong-il, who has himself starved millions to death in northern Korea. Just recently, the regime granted itself permission to conquer the island democracy of Taiwan, and recent reports reveal that the Communists will do just that by 2012 at the latest. The fact that the upcoming Olympics are a critical part of the pre-war propaganda campaign should be reason enough to move the Games .

Of course, not everyone is looking to move or boycott the games. In part, this is due to historical amnesia on the Berlin Games of 1936. While in America that Olympiad is best known for Jesse Owens four gold medals, in Europe it was seen as a Nazi organizational triumph and geopolitical bonanza. Moscow was headed for the same glory with the 1980 Olympics until President Carter pulled the U.S. out of those Games (easily one of the most admirable acts of his entire political career).

Another fallacy used to defend the Communist Olympiad is the theory that the 1988 Olympic games somehow pushed South Korea toward democracy. Nothing could be further from the truth. The protests against the South Korean regime took place in 1987, not 1988. The pressure to democratize came not from the prospect of the 1988 Games, but from the Reagan Administration and the South Korean regime’s hand-picked choice for President, who adopted the democratic reforms of the opposition as his own platform and threatened to refuse the Presidency if said reforms weren't enacted. The grateful people of South Korea elected him President, democratically, six months before the Olympics even began.

No such circumstances exist in Communist China. The Communists do not rely on the U.S. for its protection (as South Korea did), but in fact see America as an enemy. The cadres are focused exclusively on justifying their regime’s survival to an increasingly restive people. The proper historical model is not Seoul, but the aforementioned Moscow or Berlin.

There is still time for the democratic world to take a stand for freedom. Both of Beijing's major competitors for the 2008 Games (Toronto and Paris) missed out on 2012. Either could serve as an alternate site; while Canada may be skittish about this, given the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, France might be willing to step forward once Jacques Chirac’s successor is elected next year.

Yours truly has been pushing for a Beijing boycott from the moment the Communist capital was awarded the Games in 2001. At this point, with so many athletes' plans already in full swing, an alternate event is the only fair outcome should the IOC not be convinced to move the Olympics. Still, a "Democracy Games," as it were, would be an excellent alternative to the Beijing Olympiad.

Whatever option is taken - boycott, relocation, or an alternative event - the athletes of the democratic world should not be turned in tools for Communist propaganda. If the IOC members will not stand for freedom, the U.S., Canada, and its fellow democracies must do it for them.

Cross-posted to the Shotgun

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

i dont know why everyone hates on china. the only difference between the west and china is that we can afford to send our rebels to jail and label them criminals... while in china, they are so poor that the only logical thing to do is kill them. soon enough china will be able to afford to send demonstrators to jail instead of killing them, and they will be just like us. i think you need to stop wasting your life on china, and focus on the bigger picture, maybe then, we can get something accomplished here.

Anonymous said...

You know why they are poor? Because the Chinese Communist Party only care for themselves and don't care about the people. It's not hating China, it's rejecting communist dictatorship in China. I hope you can see the difference.

John said...

If your organization is dedicated to exposing the abuses of human rights, thats fine. The human rights issue is certainly shitty.

But you seriously need to reconsider liberally claiming China as a perpetrator of holocaust-scale mass genocide. I find this claim to be extremely infuriating and I'm sure this is the same for those who are even remotely Chinese. Also, by using Hitler's atrocities as an example to further your political agenda, you are only abusing the pain and sufferings of holocaust victims. The atrocities carried out by Hitler (and the Japanese in WWII) is unmatched in history and should not be trivialized.

In addition: "China is a dangerous, anti-freedom, and murderous dictatorship"? You should stop using sensationalistic language and blow things out of proportion.

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Unrelatedly, why are you grouping everything under "Communist China"? A lot of shitty things are clearly done at a local level with no involvement of the government party. When a bank robber uses rifles that are readily available at Walmart to kill people and police officers, and after an exchange of fire the state police accidentally kills an innocent bystander, ... should we hold the America's "Republic Party" responsible for killing an individual? Should we hold Bush personally responsible? Would you label such an unfortunate incident as typical of "American Democracy"? I wouldnt, and neither should you. The same applies for the general heading of 'communist china' you are so keen on using.


No offence, but this whole site sounds like a PETA version of human rights. Your entire site is extremely biased.

D.J. McGuire said...
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D.J. McGuire said...

John.

I am, sadly, quite confused as to why you took so long to comment on this. I'm more deeply concerned that you chose to remain anonymous, especially as you have your own blog and e-mail address. As it is, this may get to you sooner.

I am truly sorry you are unable to face the truth about Mao Zedong and his successors, if for no other reason because they have done and are doing far more damage to the Chinese people than any of my posts. As for the historical example of the 1936 Games, I can't wish it out of existence, nor can I ignore the propaganda value those Games gave the Nazi regime. To call that trivializing the atrocities of all the Axis powers (Japanese Empire included) is, to put it mildly, a stretch.

As for my use of Communist China as a lable for the regime, it is specifically to seperate the regime from China itself. Otherwise, I would be implying that all 1.3 billion Chinese wish to see terrorists kill Americans, the freedom of the residents of Taiwan vanish, and the cadres continue to get rich at their own (the people's) expense. I refuse to tar an entire society with the stain just earned only by the corrupt criminals who imprison them.

As to that "government party," the fact is, the Chinese Communist Party, at all levels, is shot through with evil and corruption. The facts on the ground bear it out. Again, I'm sorry if you are unable to face the truth.

That said, many Chinese are able to face it, for they have faced Communist persecution. I have come to know many of them. Perhaps you have been spared that. I hope it is so, as I wouldn't wish it on anyone. My greater fear is that you have written me with such rhetoric precisely because that fear fills you, even today in Toronto. If so, you have my deepest sympathy.

Anonymous said...

I Think you should at least go to China yourself and try to find a communist yourself.
There is no stupid communist at all as you mentioned. Don't know where you get all this.

superjack said...

I believe exactly the same as you are saying. China itself is not bad in the sense as a people, it is just the extremely corrupt communist officials that give China its bad name. I also have been thinking for some time now that the Communist gov is trying to use the Games as a huge political tool to gain support from their people which really have no idea what's truthfully going on in the rest of the world because of state censorship of the media, to further its own ambitions. Which i am positive invlove at least some kind of military conquest.