Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Two Great Articles Today on Georgia, Russia and China

If you have read my prior post, you may be interested in the great piece into today’s NY Sun from Ralph Peters on the “set-up” the Russians provided for this invasion of Georgia.  Beyond our fecklessness as a government, let me say, I understand Russia’s desire to re-assert itself.  It is in a strong a position as it will be for some time to come, so of course they are flexing their muscle.  But as former Colonel Peters says, this was far too well planned by Russia to be a response to Georgia’s own actions.  Read it here:
http://www.nypost.com/seven/08122008/postopinion/opedcolumnists/russia_goes_rogue_124032.htm?page=0

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The other article comes from China.  I did not watch the opening ceremonies on Friday (we did a family thing instead), but I heard a lot of good things about it.  Including was the oh so cute girl singing.  Well, turns out she was not singing, but a girl off stage was singing.  Details here:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/olympics/2545387/Beijing-Olympics-Faking-scandal-over-girl-who-sang-in-opening-ceremony.html

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The Chinese don’t seem to realise that you cannot fool the entire world the way you can fool your internal audience.  What is more, the idea of a politburo member pulling the actual singer off stage because she had bad teeth and they wanted to present a “perfect image” is quite disturbing.  That is so Communist, everything bright and shiny but ultimately faked.  What is more, if they had thought for a second, they would have wowed far more people with the little girl with the “bad teeth” precsiely because she is very cute and slightly flawed, something that the West seems to adore and it would have proven that China allows for the “less than perfect” as long as it is solidly Chinese.  Oh well, I feel bad for the little girl, and ashamed of their politburo.  If you made the change to “save face,” guess what guys, you lost it. 

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Posted by Christopher on 08/12 at 02:32 PM
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