According to numerous press reports, President George W. Bush plans to attend the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics in Beijing, China later this month. Bush said that it “would be an affront to the Chinese people” if he stayed away…
Other world leaders, including Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and Prime Minister Gordon Brown of Britain, are choosing to not attend the opening ceremonies in the communist country.
It is hard for this writer to laud President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but in this case, even the socialist Roosevelt showed more integrity than our so-called “conservative” President, George W. Bush. When the 1936 Olympics were held in Berlin, Germany, President Roosevelt refused to attend those ceremonies for fear that his presence would give honor and prestige to the notorious Adolf Hitler. And so it would have. And, by the same token, when President Bush attends the opening ceremonies in China, he is giving honor and prestige to the bloody butchers of Beijing who have persecuted, tortured, and murdered multiplied thousands of the Chinese people since the communist regime took power in 1949.
President Bush said it would be an affront to the Chinese people if he did not attend the Olympics. Wrong. It would be an affront to the Red Chinese tyrants. And they deserve to be affronted! Instead, by attending the Olympic ceremonies, Bush is choosing to affront the hundreds of thousands of Chinese victims who have suffered brutality and barbarism at the hands of the very people Bush will be wining and dining with. Actually, by participating in the Beijing Olympics, President Bush is an affront to freedom-loving people everywhere.
For example, the Chinese government has already created profiles of thousands of foreign journalists coming to cover the Olympic games. Communist officials will also be spying on virtually every visitor from the moment they arrive in China. Red Army surrogates will monitor virtually all Internet activity. One Chinese security official vowed “to punish anyone who takes part in a political, religious or ethnic demonstration or protest ‘in any form’ at an Olympic site during the 2008 Beijing Games.” (Source: The Washington Post)
In fact, Red China has been increasing its crackdowns on “dissenters” throughout 2007 and during the first half of this year in preparation for the Olympics. “There was a 20 percent increase over 2006 in convictions of citizens under China’s overly broad state security law that is often used to silence government critics.” (Source: The Washington Times) In other words, the approaching Olympic Games have served only to intensify the Beijing government’s oppression of the Chinese people.
The many thousands of freedom-loving people in persecuted lands across the globe (including China) feel betrayed and abandoned by President Bush--and rightly so. As President of the United States, Mr. Bush had an opportunity to send the loudest and clearest of messages to the people of the world that America was on the side of freedom and liberty, and that it respects and appreciates the thousands of persecuted people struggling for freedom under totalitarian governments. Instead, by choosing to sit beside the communist officials at the Olympic ceremonies, Mr. Bush has given credence and, at least, tacit support to a bunch of murderous thugs who are the modern-day symbols of oppression and tyranny.
Shame on you, Mr. Bush!