It’s Not Just About Tibet.

Chinese security men at London torch relayFrom 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.


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4 Responses to It’s Not Just About Tibet.

  1. Adriana says:

    In the past it was the Left who had misty eyed views of the China regime. Now that they have come to their senses (a sizeable number of them, anyway), it is the Right’s turn to turn misty eyed (or just blinded by the promise of riches to come – unfortunately in the Right venality seems to be the only constant ideology these days).

    But the regime does not change – and the sooner people stop their noises about “Oriental values” and “Oriental way of doing things” and take a good look at what they are facing, the better.

    Shades of the Thirties, Forties, and Fifties, when there was deep philosophical discussion about Marxism and Communism, to the point that no one noticed that Stalin was just another cruel and crafty tribal chief, but with an entire country to play with.

  2. Ned Kelly says:


    As a sage whom we both admire has said, the American Left have become jaded and senile while the American Right have become puerile. I’d say the same applies to Britain, although not so much to Australia. Kevin Rudd has been showing his mettle when it comes to China, not overly confrontational, but he’s got real backbone. Evidently most of the ruggedness and fortitude of the English was imported to Australia, leaving Britain an anemic shell of what it used to be, if Gordon Brown’s recent kow-tow is anything to judge by.

    The presence of China’s Blueshirt thugs on foreign soil has nothing to do with any traditional “Oriental” values, or traditional Chinese values for that matter. Traditional Chinese values do not include boorishness or intractable hubris.

  3. C.A. Yeung says:

    According to Timesonline:

    China’s blue-clad flame attendants, whose aggressive methods of safeguarding the Olympic torch have provoked international outcry, are paramilitary police from a force spun off from the country’s army.

    In other words, they are PAPs, similar to the paramilitary forces that have been deployed to restore order in Tibet. Thanks to FOARP for the link.

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