Monday, March 24, 2008

IOC's Confidence in China Appears Misplaced

When awarding China the Summer Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee expressed confidence the world would see a much freer country by 2008. It turns out, TV broadcasters aren't free to televise in Tiananmen Square, the site of huge but deadly pro-democracy demonstrations in 1989.

That could change between now and August 8th, but don't count on the heavy handed Chinese government to loosen up anytime soon. They've painted a man devoted to non-violence and peace as the leader of an deadly insurrection. Once the first shot is fired and the nearest skull cracked, one cannot predict what the people will do. However, it is predictable that Freedom's Watch will stay firmly on the sidelines.