Originally Posted by Illmatic
Dude, that's totally taking it out of context. Everyone has been bad in the past, but China continues to do it today--that's the difference.
I'm not going to go and say that America has been the most innocent country, but at least we allow free speech.
"China continues to do it today", you know, China didn't have much of a chance to do it before when the US and European nations were staking claims in Africa and Asia because all of the Imperialist nations were using their 'Spheres of Influence' in China, they were the ones subduing the Chinese and forcing a country to become 'civilized' (the irony is that the Chinese were around much longer than the European countries/US, then the UK marches in with their opium, their special brand of civilization). The way I see it, maybe the Chinese are just taking after the people that were controlling them at one point.
That aside, politics aren't supposed to have any effect on the Olympic Games. The event was designed to bring nation's closer together, and give each nation an opportunity to understand one another, the incessant bashing of the Chinese heritage and culture isn't going to change anything, the Chinese are just as full of pride as the United States, they're not just going to keel over and bend to the wishes of protesters.
I'm Taiwanese, definitely not a fan of China, but even I think that this sort of attitude toward China is unwarranted.
If you want to talk about human rights, give the native Americans their land back, set an example for China if you really want them to change. Just to clarify, Illmatic, we still keep native Americans on reservations as you so nicely put it, "today". I fail to see the difference really.