Tuesday, February 8, 2022

The 2022 China Olympics Should Go Down in Infamy Alongside the 1936 Nazi Olympics

All that is missing from the 2022 China Genocide Olympics are the Chinese versions of Leni Riefenstahl's "Olympia" and "Triumph of the Will," but there is little doubt that the Chinese Communist Party is working on their own homegrown propaganda to match what Riefenstahl created to whitewash the atrocities of Nazi Germany as Adolf Hitler and his minions hosted the 1936 Olympics. The international community cast a blind eye to China's horrific policies by giving China the opportunity to host the 2008 Summer Olympics, and it is sadly evident that the international community has not grown a backbone or found a conscience in the intervening 14 years.

At least we can count on self-proclaimed "progressives" and groups like Amnesty International to speak out on behalf of the estimated 1 million Uyghurs who are being "reeducated"--corruption of language is the first step toward destruction of people--by the Chinese government.

Oh, wait--Amnesty International is too busy libeling and demonizing the only democracy in the Middle East to have much time to shine light on China's ongoing atrocities, and self-proclaimed "progressives" are too busy with promoting their own narrow-minded agendas to have much time to focus on real world issues and problems. Far too many people do not understand one of the major problems with false historical narratives: you might think that it does not matter to you if Amnesty International attacks Israel, because you are not Jewish and feel indifferent toward Israel and the Jewish people--but this is precisely what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. meant when he declared, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." An attack against Israel and the Jewish people not only menaces Israel and the Jewish people, but it also diverts attention and energy from people whose suffering demands action before it is too late.

Sadly, self-proclaimed "progressives" have a singular obsession with ostracizing Israel/berating Jews, and this obsession renders them unwilling and/or incapable of helping people who really need help.

It should have been eye-opening when Chamath Palihapitiya, a minority owner of the Golden State Warriors, declared, "Nobody cares about what's happening to the Uyghurs, OK. You bring it up because you care, and I think it's nice that you care. The rest of us don't care. I'm just telling you a very hard, ugly truth. Of all the things that I care about, yes, it is below my line." Palihapitiya has been justifiably criticized for what he said and how he said it, but few people are willing to admit that his blunt words spoke a deep truth about the NBA, a league that pats itself on the back for being "progressive" but in reality mainly cares about profits and, as I previously noted, adjusts its public stances on a variety of issues based on profits, not principle:

If the NBA thought that it could make more money by having someone read excerpts from The Communist Manifesto before each game then the NBA would do it in a heartbeat; if the NBA thought that paying customers did not care about the National Anthem then the NBA would drop the National Anthem in a heartbeat.

For now, playing the National Anthem is a better financial decision than not playing the National Anthem. 

There is no principle at work here other than maximizing profits. There is nothing inherently wrong with maximizing profits--provided that no laws are broken and no people are harmed--but it is obnoxious when a multi-billion dollar business repeatedly makes money-centered decisions while at the same time touting how progressive it is.

The NBA does not care about genocide in China, because doing business with China is a significant revenue source that the NBA is determined to maintain and grow.

Have you ever asked yourself why is there an international movement for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) directed against a tiny country that is the only democracy in the Middle East, but yet the self-proclaimed "progressives" who are so active in BDS make no effort to help the Uyghurs? Why do members of the obnoxious "Squad" constantly issue statements attacking Israel but say nothing about China? 

If you analyze behavior carefully and objectively, and place actions in historical context, then you figure out that the "Squad" could not care less about human rights, much less the rights of Muslims in general or Palestinian Arabs in particular; the "Squad" has an obsessive, unhealthy focus on attacking Israel. China's persecution of Muslims does not even register to the "Squad" and to other self-proclaimed "progressives" because going after China (1) could hurt their own self-interest in various ways and (2) does not advance their antisemitic and anti-Zionist goals. It is not possible to fully understand the self-proclaimed "progressives" without acknowledging how deeply intertwined their thoughts and actions are with antisemitic thoughts and actions.

Anti-Zionism is irrational not only because it is based on lies, but because if the anti-Zionists achieved their goal of destroying Israel this would not help the people they supposedly are trying to help: if Israel disappeared tomorrow, there is not one Muslim or Arab on Earth whose day to day living conditions would improve; in fact, the day to day living conditions of Muslim and Arab citizens of Israel would immediately worsen, because they would fall under the control of Hamas, the PLO, and/or the Iranian/Syrian axis. In contrast, if the Chinese government were replaced by a democratic government then the lives of over 1.4 billion Chinese people would improve (with, perhaps, the narrow exception of Chinese Communist Party functionaries who have become wealthy by exploiting their country's people and resources--those CCP functionaries are the true role models for many American self-proclaimed "progressives" who dream of reshaping our country's economic and political systems while, of course, helping themselves to what they consider their fair share of the pie by taking from those who they consider to be unworthy). 

The next time you hear a politician or a social justice "warrior" attack Israel, even if you don't care at all about Israel think about China and the Uyghurs, and ask yourself why the person who is speaking refuses to focus on real life and death issues. This is not just about the self-proclaimed "progressives," either, and it is important to heed the wise words spoken by Garry Kasparov in a recent interview

During the interview, Kasparov made a very insightful comment about the sad state of American political discourse. America used to be about striving for excellence, he explained, but the last two Presidential elections have been about choosing the lesser of two evils. Kasparov rejects both the American Left's embrace of socialism and the American Right's embrace of Donald Trump, and he implores our country to get back on the path of providing leadership to the Free World, which he notes was a bipartisan goal from 1945-1991. Kasparov asserts that during that period Democrats and Republicans disagreed about methods but not goals, but that since the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War the two parties no longer agree about goals, which has set America adrift and threatens our leadership role in the world by damaging our moral authority.

The American public should not face a binary choice between self-proclaimed "progressives" and Donald Trump. We deserve better from our leaders, but we must demand better from our leaders.

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