The Chinese Olympic experience

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America needs to endure, if for no other reason than to preserve human freedom.

The biggest threats to American pre-eminence -- China, Russia and Islamic fundamentalism -- are also, not coincidentally, the biggest threats to human freedom.

Consider China's decision to censor the Internet for foreign media during the Olympics.

The Chinese government wants to control its people. It wants to do that by controlling the information they receive. Whatever. In many ways, the creaking, rust-covered communist regime is helping us by holding China back.

But suffocating Olympic visitors is another thing entirely. It's proof that, unchecked, Chinese influence would choke human freedoms wherever it could. We'll decide what you need to see and know, their attitude is.

That kind of attitude is a toxin to the American body. Nor is it much of a stretch to say it's anathema to the Olympic spirit of human striving and achievement.

"We will provide sufficient access to the Internet for reporters," a Chinese Olympic spokesman says. Sure you will. Of course, it's the Chinese government that will decide what is sufficient and what is not.

What a sad, horrible thing to be so afraid of ideas.

On Tuesday, China had to apologize for roughing up two Japanese journalists covering the terrorist bombing there. Another glimpse into Chinese sensibilities.

As the most powerful free nation on Earth, America may be all that stands in between freedom and the Chinese Olympic experience of censorship and intimidation.

We already know the best thing about this Olympics: leaving China when it's over.

God bless America.

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 08/06/08 - 07:04 am
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Let's see how the left wing

Let's see how the left wing journalists react when they encounter the utopian society they aspire to...government control everywhere, even a true "fairness in broadcasting" program (everyone's treated the same). Of course, someone else will determine what's fair and what's equitable.

I4PUTT
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I4PUTT 08/06/08 - 08:43 am
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Why would any free nation

Why would any free nation that has concerns about human rights attend? Daily, it seems, we are finding that China has shipped goods here that are harmful. I'm sure this is no accident. Stay home. Turn off your TV. If you're an athlete, don't compete. This has to end somewhere.

willistontownsc
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willistontownsc 08/06/08 - 11:22 am
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China is only aspiring to

China is only aspiring to become just like what Bush/McCain and the GOP have become in the last five years: communists.

john
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john 08/06/08 - 03:14 pm
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Willis, you should have

Willis, you should have stayed in school

rufus
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rufus 08/06/08 - 03:51 pm
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willis, did you get your

willis, did you get your check this month?

willistontownsc
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willistontownsc 08/06/08 - 07:46 pm
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I got my diploma, john. On

I got my diploma, john. On May 31, 2002. Thank you for your ignorance.

I am thinking about not even watching this year's Olympics, even though my favorite Olympian, beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh, will be competing.

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