It’s not at all surprising the communist Chinese dictatorship has picked up on something the Nazi’s dreamt up – the Olympic Torch Ceremony.
“Hey Comrades, if we parade the torch through key countries with a happy smiling rent-a-crowd cheering “go China”, everyone in the world will just know we have become a country that has ‘made it’ and they’ll respect us, and that will give our corrupt dictatorship a tonne of street cred”… duh.
Unfortunately the Chinese ‘Government’ has the finesse and sophistication of an old jandal when it comes to Public Relations. I can only assume that they are so self deluded that they genuinely believe that the rest of the planet will accept the rubbish that they feed the local brain-washed population. Any sane organisation would have got an interational PR agency or someone like Tony Blair in to assist. When you look at it I really do think you could almost put enough spin on it to make the whole thing look positive and have certain parts of the media fawning all over the Chinese ‘Leaders’.
You really have to suspend belief when completely out of the blue Chinese citizens gather in their thousands outside French supermarkets in China to protest… what no tanks??? oh wait, it’s not about the Chinese ‘government’ it’s those nasty westerners – and if it allows the oppressed citizens to let off a bit of steam then maybe that’s a good thing. I’d like to see the same people try and protest against their ‘government’, the miss-treatment of Chinese farmers, or in support of religious freedom. I somehow don’t see the same level of accommodation.
If the Communists achieved one thing, it was to put foreign governments in an uncomfortable position, being seen to condone the events in Tibet by putting on a massive and expensive Police guard to protect a stupid flame.
I would imagine some people in democracies must be wondering exactly why so many Chinese have been coming out in support of a regime that in 1989 was quite comfortable about machine gunning it’s own citizens, and no doubt wouldn’t hesitate to do it again.
This was neatly summed up in this article today http://www.stuff.co.nz/4497123a10.html when you have a couple of generations who have been systematically brainwashed, what on earth do you expect.
I have always thought the Olympics was a crock, and this years will be no exception.
If the unelected dictatorship that run’s China really thought that throwing up a few flash buildings and holding a sporting event, would give them legitimacy both abroad and at home, they are going to be pretty disappointed at the end of it. Once the party’s over and the buildings are crumbling Chinese citizens will re focus their attentions on the many problems internally.
And Tibet, well just like Taiwan, give people the vote and they will make their own decisions. If you look around the world their are plenty of examples of previously ‘inseparable’ parts of a ‘nation’ going their own way, especially once they feel economically comfortable, look at Scotland.