From today’s Daily Mirror (UK):
The tracksuited Chinese security men guarding the Olympic torch are highly-trained killers from crack military special forces units, the Daily Mirror can reveal….
Thirteen Chinese security men surrounded the torch as it was carried through London and wrestled with one protester as he tried to grab it from TV presenter Konnie Huq.
Konnie said: “The men in blue perplexed everyone. Nobody seemed to know who they were. They were very robotic, full-on, and I noticed them having skirmishes with our own police and the Olympic authorities.
Now, without naming any names, we have noticed some of the notoriously more “fair and balanced” elements of the China Blogosphere sniveling in the most exquisitely amoral tones over how mutual Chinese and Western misperceptions and misrepresentations of the Tibet situation are (or so they imply), the principal reasons for the avalanche of outrage over China’s Torch Relay.
No. It’s not just about Tibet. And at this point, there are more practical reasons for the civilised world to become even more alarmed by China’s behaviour than its internal human rights violations. China has seized this Olympic year and the publicity surrounding it – at the centre of which is the Torch of Shame – as a means of setting precedents for imperial expansion and military intimidation, including attempts to intimidate major world powers such as Britain and France. The presence and, even more alarmingly, the extra-legal exercise of physical force by these “Blueshirt” thugs in London, is exhibit number one of China’s escalating campaign of setting precedents of using military force in other nations, including precedents to justify invasions and either total or partial military occupations.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, you have stated that the Commonwealth of Australia will not allow any Chinese military or police to participate in the Canberra relay. It’s no longer just about Tibet; now it’s about national sovereignty and national defense. Mr Rudd, we’re counting on you not to back down.