Friday, July 11, 2008

The ugliness of naked force . . .

. . . was on full display both in Communist China and it's Korean colony today.

The countdown to the Beijing Games continues with more nail biting (Boycott 2008) - and deportations of anyone the Communists think might cause a problem (Washington Post). Communist interference with dissidents and opponents extends from Hong Kong (Epoch Times) to New York (Epoch Times) and even into orbit (well, sort of - Boycott 2008 and Epoch Times). Meanwhile the Stalinist regime shot and killed a tourist from South Korea (BBC, CNN, and One Free Korea), even as the democratic South softened its policies toward it (BBC and CNN).

What brings this all together is the context. Communist China is preparing for a propaganda bonanza courtesy of the Games, but it can't seem to stop its repressive and criminal behavior. Its Korean colony, albeit for different reasons, has a similar opportunity with the world community - and it chose to shoot dead one of the very people who represents that opportunity.

Thus the basic nature of these regimes are on display for the rest of the world to see. Who will open their eyes? Who will keep them closed?

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