Monday, February 11, 2008

Who hates China? I do, I do.

Buried beneath the Obama-soaked headlines today was a little-noticed piece coming out of Britain. Apparently, the British government was at the precipice of instituting a gag order on Olympic athletes who would speak out about Chinese human rights abuses.

Read that again. I am not exaggerating. I am not making it up. That was the plan... Until people got (understandably, for crying out loud) hissy about it. Raised a dander, so says the author.

See, China imprisons those who speak out against their communist government, or who practice religion, or who defecate to frequently... Any port in a storm when it comes to oppression, eh? They harvest the organs of political enemies as well. Dander-worthy, if I say so myself. China is poison.

That China won the right to foist it's Godless nightmare of a national ethos on the rest of us is a tragedy in it's own right. The British, in the name of, I dunno, being European dolts, wanted to ensure that none of their cherished athletes would...

Well, what, exactly? According to one British official, "This clause is intended to stop overt statements such as wearing a Free Tibet shirt." God forbid.

Americans (the good people at Google excepted) would do well to recall the European nations do not recognize the right to free speech. They and China have that in common. In fact, that's part of why we defeated the British. We must continue to defeat them, along with their stupid ideas, in perpetuity.

If the presence of democracies (or, in the case of Britain, theoretical democracies) in a murderous region such as China is to have any positive effect, if the very thing of participating in the games they absurdly own the right to host is to bear any fruit, then athletes ought to be encouraged to question the practices of the Chinese government. If anything, such protests ought to be mandatory.

As Jesse Owens made a mockery of Hitler, so too should our athletes wear "Free Tibet" t-shirts with pride. If it costs them a medal, they have gained ten-fold the right to share a piece of real history. If the International Olympic Committee finds humiliation in such acts, all the more should our athletes find dignity.

The British are too short-sighted to see that opportunity. They always have been. But, then, that's why God made America and, to a lesser extent, Canada.

So, as an American (hoping not to be censored by Google, whose blogging software I utlize) I say Free Tibet, both before and after the Olympic games. And, while were at it, free China too.

5 Comments:

Blogger Roger said...

No athlete's going to give up the chance for a medal so that they can make a political statement. They've been training their entire life for what is likely one shot at fame. That the Olympics happen to be in China, which the athlete probably couldn't predict when they started down this road oh so many years ago is just dumb luck for people who would like to speak out.

That's my prediction, at least.

5:55 AM  
Blogger Ted said...

I think you underestimate the importance of China's strangle hold on Tibet to the English. It means they get cheaper tea or something ridiculous about it.

What I find so funny is that the same people who rail against any form of censorship over "Civil Liberties" are the same people who love, and I mean freaking love, China.

You know why the rest of the world hates us? Too many of us champion civil liberties while praising China. We sound like hippie morons.

As long as communism is in China the people in western China will be viewed by their own government as secondary livestock that you are not supposed to eat.

8:33 AM  
Blogger karlquick said...

Kevin - looking for a good alaskan king crab dinner for V-day. Stella's Fish Cafe in Uptown and Kincaid's in either St. Paul or Bloomington look promising. Any recommendation?

1:00 PM  
Blogger Kevin Sawyer said...

Kincaid's has terrible service on a good day. I'd opt for Stella's, since it is big enough to handle the V-day rush. Plus, it will be cheaper. I have also heard that the Sea Salt Eatery at Minnehaha is divine, but you might be a bit late for Resos.

2:16 PM  
Anonymous Adam said...

I love how Kev is a walking encyclopedia on good places to eat. He even knows good places to go in Chicago.

11:55 AM  

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