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Arrested in Tiananmen, Deported from the Birdsnest, Possibly Paralyzed in San Francisco, Islamists plotting Terrorism

American Christians were arrested in Tiananmen Square for protesting against forced abortion and the persecution of the church. They were held and later released.

British protesters were arrested and deported for flying a ““One World, One Dream, Free Tibet” banner from near the Nation Stadium (the Birdnest).

An attempted invasion of the Chinese consulate in San Francisco ended with an American woman possibly paralyzed.

The next terrorist attack in China will be from these guys.

Update: The Turkestan Islamic Party, in their own words:

All People Who Support China Should Support the Olympic Protests

I support China. That is why I support the Olympic protests.

Since Deng Xiaoping’s rise to power, the Chinese Communist party has lifted more people out of poverty than any government in the history of the world. China’s continuing economic growht means that she is not done. China continues to create jobs and “middle-classness,” both at home and abroad. Under President Hu Jintao’s idea of the “harmonious society,” economic development in China is increasingly focused on the historically poor inland provinces of that country. Further, China’s appetite for raw materials is creating jobs everywhere from the Iron Range of Minnesota to the lumberyards of Siberia.

China should give the world even more goods in the future, as well. As China’s investment in Africa continues, China will naturally move from merely providing jobs to providing security. From supporting local police forces to even putting “boots on the ground,” China will soon be in a position to do more good for Africa than anyone since the European empires of the last century.

And like any growing country that does good in backwards regions, China will face trouble. There will be protests and riots. 50 years of failure in Tibet will doubtless continue until a new direction is taken, meaning the world will see more soldiers kill more monks in 5, 10, and perhaps 15 years. There are many peasant riots in China these days — ignored by the media because the locals are too earth-bound and ignorant in their demands to capture much sympathy — that will grow to a larger scale. Further, just as there were riots in Africa against European colonalism, there will be riots in Africa against Chinese influence.

There’s are not hopes. Indeed, they are barely predictions. They are things that will come true.

Is China ready?

The answer is no. While certainly China was justified in protecting innocent people from rioters in Tibet, the People’s Armed Police made the situation worse. Soldiers entering a monastary to take down a picture of the Dali Lama — and killing monks in the process — is emblematic of China’s unsophisticated and stupid handling of the Tibet crisis. Making the situation worse and enraging global public opinion is fine for now: China is rich and growing, and can afford to alienate its friends (such as Australian PM Kevid Rudd, who announced the Blue Men will not be welcome in his country). However in the future China will face a protest/riot crisis at a moment of weakness. If China is unable to handle the situation effectively then, the results could be bad for China and the world.

So, how to preprae China for the future?

The answer is to help China learn now. If China believes what she is doing now is working, it will not change, and next time she will behave the same way. This is the nature of governments. However, if China believes what she is doing now is not working, she will behave a different way. So the important thing is to help the Communist Party recognize failure.

So, how do help the Communist party recognize failure?

The answer is to provide feedback to the Communist leadership in a way that does not materially hurt our relationship with China. So a government-led trade war or total Olympic boycott would be foolish. However, people-powered protests that get noticed are cheaper. This is why it’s good when protestors extinguish the Olympic flame, as they wil hopefully do in San Francisco today: it gets noticed, it creates feedback, and its entirely symbolic.

There is evidence that pressure is working. For instance, Ai Weiwei [艾未未] is an outspoken critic of the Communist Party — and the designer of the Beijing National Stadium. Weiwei’s recently criticized the Communist Party’s handling of the situation are noted that the real problem was ethnic tension caused by Han intolerance on insensitivity… he did all this on his State-censored Sina.com.

Ai Weiwei\'s Beijing National Stadium

We should support China. The best way to support China is to convince the Communist Party that its policies are failing in Tibet. The best time to do that is now. The best way to do that are for common people to join in Olympic Protests, up to and including the extinguishing of the Olympic Torch.

Support China!

One World, One Dream, One Protest.

The Strange Men in Blue

I wonder if parts of San Francisco will likewise find itself under Chinese law, at least when those strange Men in Blue are there…

Questions raised over mysterious ‘men in blue’ – Home News, UK – The Independent
Shortly after Konnie Huq finished her brief leg of London’s farcical Olympic torch relay on Sunday, she called a friend on her mobile phone. “Did you see those blokes in the blue tracksuits?” the former Blue Peter presenter whispered down the line. “They were bloody aggressive, weren’t they?”

Huq had just been involved in a tussle with a protester, so it was surprising that what appeared to concern her most was the praetorian guard of Chinese officials who formed a wall around her during the short dash, rather than the demonstrator intent on wrestling the Olympic torch from her grasp.

But for any of the athletes, protesters, journalists and even police who found themselves guided, barged or fighting with this particularly committed group of Chinese minders, the identity and function of the “boys in blue tracksuits” was of paramount importance.

Little is known about the mysterious guards accompanying the flame on its “harmonious journey”, apart from the fact that they are well-trained security officers under the remit of the Beijing Games co-ordinators, who have sweeping political powers in China.

Officially the minders are “flame attendants” employed by the Beijing Olympic Organising Committee (Bocog), which has organised the global relay. Their role, in theory, is to be constantly on hand to ensure the flame never goes out. At night and during airline flights, when the torch is kept in specially-made closed lanterns, three attendants guard it at all times. Should the flame be extinguished during a relay, they are responsible for relighting it.

So far, so good. But, although Commander Bob Broadhurst, the Metropolitan Police officer in charge of the route, insisted that flame attendants had no executive powers in Britain, their behaviour on Sunday indicated otherwise – or at least hinted that they were being allowed to overstep the mark.

Given the history of cooperation between the FBI and the Chinese government when it comes to counter-terrorism, it is likely that the Blue Men are in western countries legally, and that Western governments are turning a blind eye to their abuses, much as few people care when a paparazzi is manhandled by a star’s bodyguard.

Strange Blue Men

But advocates for a more harmonious China are not paparazzi. If the Men in Blue are really going to follow the Olympic torch everywhere it goes, no wonder they are thinking of shortening its world tour. It would be the objective of every protester to be blooded by these Blue Men.

And that’s a risk of embarrassment the Communist Party would be brave to take.

Embarrasing China

Internal dissent:

The Weekly Standard
Tomorrow Beijing will put on trial one of its most ardent human rights campaigners. Hu Jia, 34, faces charges of “inciting subversion of state power.” Evidence to be used against him includes articles he posted on an overseas Chinese-language website and statements he made during interviews with foreign journalists.

For his work as an activist, Hu, a devout Buddhist, has been called “modern China’s conscience.” He called attention to the plight of AIDS orphans whose parents were victims of a scandal involving tainted blood at public blood banks. In June 2004, he was detained for attempting to lay a wreath on Tiananmen Square to honor the victims of the 1989 crackdown on democracy demonstrators.

In February 2006, Hu was abducted by agents of the Beijing public security bureau, driven with a hood over his head to a rural location, and held captive for 41 days. Although suffering from hepatitis-B, Hu was denied medication while his kidnappers interrogated him concerning a hunger strike he had joined to protest police brutality in China.

Upon his release, Hu was kept under house arrest until February 2007. During this time, his wife was tailed by security agents wherever she went. In May 2007, Hu and his wife were both put under house arrest for “endangering state security.” A video diary titled “Prisoners in Freedom City” depicting their life under surveillance

Tibetan Riots:

While the evil deeds in these stories are bad, the feedback they generate for Beijing is good. It’s important that the Beijing Olympics not be boycotted, but it’s also imported that the Chinese citizens who use the Olympics to magnify their voices be heard. The solution for China will ultimately be further liberalization, a more harmonious society that spreads opportunity.

That goodness for the Beijing Olympics, and the embarrassment its helping to generate.