I can’t wait for the Olympics to start — can you?
It wouldn’t be a problem if the wait lasted forever.
Whoa. You don’t want to be dazzled by the magnificent opening and closing ceremonies? You’re not interested in watching individual record performances and rooting for the home team?
Sort of. What I’m not particularly interested in is watching — and going ooh and aahh at — an Olympics staged by one of the great weird and repressive regimes in the history of mankind.
China? The planet’s new industrial giant? Come on.
OK, listen . . .
Today’s China remains a terror-based operation, run by the Communist Party. We talk about the Cold War being over — just as, in the 1920s and ’30s, there were grateful sighs of relief about the end of the Great War, the World War. Then of course came World War II. China may be gearing down for Cold War II with its massive military buildup and serving as black-market arms merchant to guerrilla groups and cutthroat goons across the globe.
But what about Richard Nixon’s vaunted opening to China?
He did it largely to irritate the Soviets (remember the Sino-Soviet rift?). The Chinese suckered the U.S. into being a useful fool. With its repressive practices, the regime could compel the world’s largest population to carry it to the global economic heights. It can produce or manufacture anything, and through quotas and tariffs prevent its people from buying foreign goods. Its practices mock the very phrase “free trade.”
I can’t imagine —
Imagine this. The World Trade Organization still classifies China as a “developing” nation, enabling China’s kakistocrats to insist — as they emphatically do — that that can set their own quotas and high tariffs on imports. Most foreign goods in China are either noncompetitive or nonexistent.
And that’s hardly the beginning.
The regime throttles its own people, having originated the “re-education” camp and highly refined the concept of the (slave) labor camp. It was vicious to obstreperous Tibet, often killing or castrating the men and sending in divisions of the Chinese army to rape the women — thereby quickly altering the Tibetan genetic strain.
It refuses to accept the reality of a free and independent Taiwan. It wields its heavy colonialist hand in practically every African country — from Sudan to South Africa, from Angola to Algeria, from Nigeria and Kenya to Eritrea and Sierra Leone. Since at least the Korean War, North Korea has been a Chinese lackey, a stooge, a puppet state.
Ross Mackenzie lives with his wife and Labrador retriever in the woods west of Richmond, Virginia. They have two grown sons, both Naval officers.
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