09 August 2008
Ominous Parallels ~ Olympic-Size Propaganda
I'm not the only one who sees the spectacle in Beijing 2008 mirroring a similar situation in Berlin 1936...China's "Peaceful Rise" is great propaganda, but it is an inescapable fact that the current leadership in the Middle Kingdom are the direct political descendants of Chairman Mao, whose mad dictatorial policies murdered as many people as all the combatants of World War II did -- combined. And people in Communist China today are as oppressed and un-free as anyone in Nazi Germany back then, consumerist and capitalistic trappings notwithstanding. Bottom line: there's something unseemly and outrageous about dignifying dictatorships with Olympic hosting rights.