Letter to the Editor: Military precision at the Olympic games
I was mesmerized at the militaristic precision with which the opening ceremonies for the Olympic Games were conducted. It gave me pause to conjecture that such military precision could only be achieved in a totalitarian state like the Peoples Republic of China.
It brought back memories of Mao Zedong's Cultural Revolution in which 65 million people perished, an event which induced the fear to perform precisely today in the minds of the performers. Not well-known is that the first American to die at the hands of Mao's thugs was Capt. John Birch, an intelligence analyst for General Claire Chennault's Flying Tigers.
The Chinese regime is still officially communist, even though the totalitarian "ism" called communism has been responsible for the deaths of over 100 million innocent human beings during the last century.
It is hard to imagine that the 1972 Munich Olympic Games would have been held there if Germany had still glorified Hitler in 1972. Yet the 2008 games are being held in China despite its continued glorification of Mao.
The president of the United States will, by his presence and his silence, extend the hand of friendship and legitimacy to the Chinese communists at the Beijing Olympic Games. I think that Americans should be outraged.