In 1936, human rights activists unsuccessfully argued for the U.S. to boycott the Berlin Summer Olympics to protest the Nazis’ ongoing persecution of German Jews. However, foreshadowing the “Holocaust? What Holocaust?” stance that preceded the U.S. entry into World War II, FDR gave Adolf the propaganda bonanza he sought, and no, Jesse Owens couldn’t spoil it. Now the Biden Administration is similarly engaged in contrived ignorance regarding China, which is making Hitler’s Olympic Games look like Oktoberfest. All right, there’s a “diplomatic boycott,” but that’s meaningless since spectators are mostly banned anyway. This tweet is apt:
The main reason we are there, as many have pointed out, is to accommodate the giant broadcasting companies and corporate sponsors who view the Games as a money-making opportunity. It’s a dilemma: my refusal to watch a second of the Games prevents me from knowing who to boycott. But then no ethicist, or anyone who cares about ethics, should watch the Olympics wherever they are being held. We know they are corrupt; they no longer celebrate “amateurism,” and U.S. athletes continue to use them to insult their own country, which paid to let them compete.
Nancy Pelosi got the Games off to a rousingly unethical start—wait—can one behave unethically regarding Olympics in China? Isn’t this a case where Bizarro World ethics apply, which hold that in a Bizarro World culture, normal ethics often don’t work, and may be futile? It’s unethical to be ethical in a place like China! That seems to be the Speaker’s position. the Pelosi said, “‘’”
“I would say to our athletes, ‘You are there to compete.’ Do not risk incurring the anger of the Chinese government, because they are ruthless. I know there is a temptation on the part of some to speak out while they are there. I respect that, but I also worry about what the Chinese government might do.”
If they are so ruthless, why is the United States participating in their Olympic Games? The U.S. Olympic Committee always muzzles, or tries, our athletes, but Pelosi is a high government official telling Americans to shut up because it may make a totalitarian government angry. If I were competing, Pelosi’s statement alone would be enough to make me speak up. We shall see if any of our athletes have the courage to speak up for real human rights abuses when they know the nation they are criticizing, unlike their own, might take serious action against them.
My guess: no.
In response, Joy Behar, the reigning moron on “The View,” stepped up in the absence of Whoopi and reached new idiotic heights, defending Pelosi with this:
“She’s being maternal I think. You know Nancy is momala. You know she’s always like ‘I think about the children. It’s for the children.’ She cares about the kids. That’s her.”
The New York Times clearly has its marching orders. Right around the time the opening ceremonies were starting in Beijing, the Times published an article highlighting the upside of China’s totalitarian response to the pandemic—yes, it was even tougher than in Michigan. The strict lockdowns and other acts of state coercion have been a major success, the article told readers. (Not like the wimpy, mildly Constitution abusing measures those conservatives are whining about!) China’s strategy, it says, shows what a society can do when it makes the prevention of “Covid” its “No. 1 priority.”
Really? And how would the Times know that? The Times knows dictatorship is successful with viruses because China says it has one of the lowest pandemic death rates in the entire world, though the story notes that the Chinese data “can be suspect.” Ya think??? Never mind: China has “almost certainly” done better than the democracies, even if the official numbers are “artificially low.” No kidding: China has reported 3 deaths per million from COVID, compared with almost 2,700 in the United States. Do you believe that? Does anyone? The Times doesn’t believe it, and still is publishing this bootlicking junk.“China’s success at controlling Covid had turned into a public relations triumph for the regime,” write reporters David Leonhardt and Ian Prasad Philbrick. “President Xi Jinping uses China’s management of the virus to bolster his global campaign for influence, arguing that China’s system of government works better than Western democracies do.” True, the Times concedes, China’s containment measures have “disrupt[ed] daily life even more than in other countries,” especially the silly ones that value “individual rights,” where citizens are allowed to “disagree vehemently” about government policy.
Does the Times think it might be appropriate to mention where the WUHAN virus came from? Nah. The regime’s brilliant management of the contagion just happened not to kick in until China had infected the world, resulting in the deaths of millions and inspiring the U.S. to wreck its education, commerce, economy and society. The Times does, however, concede that China’s containment measures have “disrupt[ed] daily life even more than in other countries,” especially the ones that value “individual rights,” such as the United States, where citizens are allowed to “disagree vehemently” about government policy.
NBC, which is broadcasting the Games, is parroting the mandated Chinese talking points as well. “Today Show” co-anchor Savannah Guthrie declined to point out the cynical nature of the choice of a supposedly Uyghur athlete from Xinjiang province to light the Olympic torch.
“This moment is quite provocative. It’s a statement from the Chinese president Xi Jinping,” said Guthrie. “It is an in-your-face response to those Western nations, including the U.S., who have called this Chinese treatment of [Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang] genocide and diplomatically boycotted these games.”
“It has to be said that the Chinese government emphatically denies all of this,” NBC commentators said later. “They say that accusations of genocide are the lie of the century.” But it isn’t a lie at all.
Over the past ten years, as documents have been leaked to the press and more Uyghur activists have escaped the country. Beginning in 2014, China has persecuted the Muslim ethnic group, forced then to intermarry with other non-Muslim populations, and worked to dilute their presence and power.the government. China has subjected hundreds of thousands of Turkic Muslim women to forcible IUD insertions, sterilizations and abortions. The Uyghur center of Xinjiang contains just 1.8 percent of China’s population, yet in 2018, it accounted for 80 percent of all IUD insertions in the country.
In 2017, China began building detention centers, euphemistically described by Chinese government officials as reeducation camps. Uyghurs are arrested and placed in these camps for praying, attending religious weddings, or visiting a mosque. The camps have held between one and three million in total, making them the largest mass internment of an ethnic-religious minority since World War II.
Given this context, the torch-lighter is at best a traitor to her people, and at worst a fake. How would we remember a Jewish athlete who lit Hitler’s Games’ torch in 1936? The China Olympics are like a nostalgia trip back to Munich. Oddly, NBC did not choose to inform its viewers of any of this.
After all, you never know “what the Chinese government might do.”