In 2008, the Summer Olympics was held in Beijing. Showing to the world an increasingly confident, open, and powerful country, the Beijing Games belied the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) regime’s lack of regard to human rights. Eleven years since the Games, the world has now learned their appalling violation of human rights: concentration camps for the Uyghurs, the suppression of Muslims and Christians, the imprisonment of human rights activists and lawyers, including Liu Xiaobo, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who died in jail, a walled-off internet which tolerates no dissent, and more recently, the heavy-handed approach in response to the protests in Hong Kong.
Politics may, and should, have no place in sport, but when Daryl Morey, the general manager of Houston Rockets, provoked angry reactions from China after he voiced his support for Hong Kong’s protesters, the world must make it clear to CCP that enough is enough. Seventy years since the rule of the CCP, tens of millions of people had been killed, exceeding even the Nazi Germany, yet the world stood by and did little. In 2022, Beijing will be hosting the Winter Olympics, and we believe it is a mistake to let it happen. Thus we hereby demand the the revocation of Beijing’s right to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Article below by Akshay Narang, TFI Global, Nov. 17, 2021. Edited and re-written in places by Think for Yourself; graphics by Think for Yourself.
If there is a country today that closely resembles Nazi Germany [aside from North Korea], it is Xi Jinping‘s China. Both are socialist totalitarian dictatorships (National Socialism is a form of socialism). Just as Hitler perpetrated a genocide, Jinping is guilty of the genocide of ethno-religious minorities, the Tibetan Buddhists and Uyghur Muslims. The CCP also persecutes, tortures and murders Christians, the Falun Gong, and democracy activists. Both regimes are guilty of extreme human rights violations.
The People’s Republic of China (PRC) is as much an expansionist a power today [through the Belt & Road Initiative] as Nazi Germany was in twentieth century Europe [though by different means, inasmuch as Hitler used open war to build his empire, whereas the CCP is using asymmetric war].
The CCP is trying to seize Indian territories in the Himalayas, Japan’s Senkaku Islands, several disputed islands in the south China sea (part of the dispute with Taiwan, which the CCP plans to invade), and the Russian Far East. Taiwan is comparable to Hitler’s expansion into Poland, except that the latter instigated a world war while the West, preoccupied with its own culture war, seems relatively indifferent to Taiwan’s fate.
Despite his obvious militarism and aggression, the civilized world initially failed to stop Hitler from hosting the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The IOC president at the time said that “politics has no place in sport.” Despite that, the 1936 Olympics was used for political gain by the Third Reich. Similarly, the world is making an equally big mistake by letting China organize the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. It is being used to legitimates China’s despotic regime and to whitewash its crimes against humanity.
Hitler approached the International Olympic Committee (IOC) with a request to ban Jewish athletes from competing. There was an international boycott movement in the United States and other western nations against the Berlin Olympics. Hitler skirted around the criticism by ordering the removal of anti-Semitic content in Berlin just days ahead of the 1936 Games. The international press at the time helped create the illusion that talks of racial segregation and expansionism were exaggerated. This helped quell criticism at the time.
Historian Barbara Burstin wrote that the 1936 Games “provided Hitler with a showcase . . . It was a propaganda bonanza for him.” It gave his regime legitimacy. Burstin states that the Olympics gave Hitler “the opportunity to appear sane, rational and tolerant.” Hitler, who had a penchant for rallies and political theatre, used the Olympics for propaganda, through a famous film by Leni Riefenstahl:
The Berlin Olympics were the first to feature a torch relay and also the first to be broadcast on television. Hitler made it a point to oversee the opening ceremony of the Olympics, and also made a public statement at the same.
There is speculation that the Third Reich somehow manipulated the events from behind the scenes after two Jewish runners for the U.S. team, Marty Glickman and Sam Stoller were pulled by their coach from the 4×100 meter relay a day before the event. This “has been widely viewed as an American effort to avoid embarrassing or offending Hitler, who had been directing anti-Jewish discriminatory policies since 1933.”
Due to China’s ongoing genocide of the Uyghurs and other human rights violations, as well as the CCP’s role in creating and spreading and then lying about SARS-CoV2, many have called for a boycott the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. One could also added that China’s ongoing asymmetric war against the U.S. is provocation enough.
Had Trump been re-elected he might have lobbied for a boycott. All that Biden has managed to do is to work out a partial ban whereby US government officials won’t attend the ceremonies. Biden, in response to the question of the Uyghurs, excused the CCP by saying that the genocide was China’s “cultural norm.” Another point of comparison is Xi’s personality cult, similar to Hitler’s. And both are lifetime dictators: Jinping abolished term limits early into his tenure.