"The rage of Steven
Spielberg is not in itself conclusive. But it is significant for what it
announces. Spielberg is Hollywood. And Hollywood is an arm of the Democratic Party
… The Chinese have no luck with the calendar. The Olympics open on August 8th,
shortly before party conventions in the United States, when the political
temperature across the Atlantic will be running very high."
The Olympic Games is the
greatest event of global sport and one human activity that can best bring
together the races and the continents. This summer the event is taking place in
Beijing and marks China's return as one of the world's major powers. A boycott
of the event would be like rejecting a quarter of humanity. Of this there can
be no question.
For the organizing country,
the Olympic Games hold out the promise of unparalleled international
visibility. And the media coverage is such that sport is merely an excuse for
where to shine the spotlight. So the domestic situation of the host country in
regard to human rights and its foreign policy, among other issues, cannot
escape attention; in China even less than elsewhere.
The Chinese regime knew when
it sought to organize the celebration that it would be an opportunity for the
country to flaunt its success. Impervious to any notion of democracy, it owes
its legitimacy to the phenomenal growth rate of its economy and the
covetousness that such a performance elicits. And what could be more motivating
for the Chinese masses than the spectacle of the entire world assembled in
Beijing at state-of-the-art facilities?
But for the Chinese Communist
Party, this huge celebration comes at a price. Tibet, Taiwan, the death
penalty, the fate of dissidents or the Falun Gong sect, and lastly, Beijing’s
role in Darfur are all issues that mobilize human rights activists around the
world and the Olympic Games offer them, too, unparallel visibility. And they,
too, will obviously benefit from it.
China has prepared for this.
It is muzzling its opponents now to avoid doing so in six months. But its
diplomacy is more accommodating. In Darfur, it thought it had deflected
criticism by approving the deployment of peacekeepers. But Beijing has done
nothing to put pressure on the Sudanese regime, which survives only due to the
oil China buys.
The rage of Steven Spielberg
is not in itself conclusive WATCH . But it is significant for what it announces.
Spielberg is Hollywood. And Hollywood is an arm of the Democratic Party, which
is in full campaign mode for the U.S. presidential election.WORLDMEETS.US
The Chinese have no luck with
the calendar. The Olympics open on August 8th, shortly before the party
conventions in the United States, when the political temperature across the
Atlantic will be running very high. All evidence suggests that such issues as
Darfur, human rights and policies toward China will be at the heart of the
battle between Democrats and Republicans.WORLDMEETS.US
For us, the timing is
delicate. It so happens that France will represent Europe at the time of the
Games [it will hold the rotating E.U. presidency]. In Great Britain, Germany
and the Nordic countries, the debate on China and human rights is already being
watched. When the day arrives, Nicolas Sarkozy will be doing the maneuvering.
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