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Horror show in Beijing

August 14, 2008

Yehuda Wegman (Israel)
YNet News
August 10, 2008

China's fascist tendencies, as displayed in opening ceremony, should
concern us all
Yehuda Wegman

The fireworks and show at the Olympic stadium in Beijing Friday made
it clear that the opening ceremony was a production on behalf of a
regime showing fascist tendencies, on all this entails. In an era
that is characterized by historical ignorance combined with obsessive
focus on the "here and now," it would be advisable to make the public
aware of the dangers to the Free World represented by the ceremony.

In the not-so-distant past we saw regimes that were able to produce
stunning shows based on the movement of thousands of people with
inhuman precision. The last two such regimes were the Nazis and the
Communists. The perfect obedience to orders and the complete
precision of the performance that were used to produce giant displays
by these regimes were the same ones that enabled them to embark on
wars or engage in domestic "purges" that killed millions of people
and brought great destruction.

We should keep in mind the very short road from the grandiose
productions and the totalistic value system they represented to
concentration camps in Germany and the Soviet Union.

Shows where the individual is no more than a small cog in a giant
machine that operates with stunning accuracy are a well-known
indication of a regime that conditions its citizens' right to exist
on them being obedient servants of the regime's and ruling class'
needs. Such regimes have no room for diversity of opinion, political
parties, and freedom of expression which constitute the basis of the
part of the world that refers to itself as "free." History taught us
a frightening lesson about the conduct and terrible demise of such regimes.

Message of complete control

The Chinese regime chose to display its power and impress the entire
world with a show based on thousands of gymnasts and dancers who
moved in harmony that imitated a giant monster, which changed its
shape and colors constantly. The event conveyed a message of complete
control not only over the bodies of the thousands of participants,
but also over the bodies and souls of the millions of people living
outside the Chinese stadium.

The opening ceremony on behalf of the Chinese government conveyed a
clear message -- this is a regime whose value system must arouse
great suspicion before we applaud and praise its performance. The
excited viewers would do well to ask themselves about the human and
government motives that led organizers to put on a show that, based
on historical lessons, may be referred to as the "Beijing horror
show" in the near future.

The organizers of the next Olympics in London are advised not to try
to compete with the 2008 opening ceremony in Beijing. A different
kind of show, one that would emphasize the human values of the
democratic British regime, would distinguish it from the totalitarian
Chinese regime as it chose to present itself at the opening of the
Olympic Games – this would be an incredibly important and balancing
message to the billions of viewers worldwide.

Colonel (Res.) Yehuda Wegman is an expert on military doctrines and IDF history
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