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Beijing Olympics – Why Do I Have a Bad Feeling About Them?

I really hope that the Olympics in China go well.

But this concerns me:

With less than two weeks to go before the Olympics open in Beijing, the Chinese government is facing the horrendous possibility of terrorist attacks aimed at the Games. On July 23 an apparent terrorist group released a video taking responsibility for bus bomb blasts a few days before in the southwestern city of Kunming that killed two people. The group also claimed as its own another attack in Shanghai that killed three people in May.

As does this from Amnesty International via the BBC:

The human rights situation in China has deteriorated, not improved, with its hosting of the Olympic Games this year, campaigners Amnesty International say.

It documents the use of “re-education through labour”, the suppression of rights activists and journalists, and the use of arbitrary imprisonment.

I’m concerned that threats of terrorism, combined with human rights abuses, environmental problems,  and a resurgent Chinese nationalism may be a toxic combination.

I worry that Chinese government and some Chinese nationalists might respond too negatively to the  inevitable criticism of the games and security measures. I wonder if the protests against human rights policies in China might provoke a harsh backlash from Chinese citizens who feel that their country is not treated fairly as a major world power.

This all seems like a recipe for disaster.

I hope I’m wrong.