The Beijing Olympics Torch Fiasco
Posted on Tuesday Apr 08, 2008 at 09:12PM in Anything
Olympic Torch has been quite a big controversy recently with all these Tibet
independentists organised protest against the flame. I read in an article on The Independent today that the Olympic Torch was
first started by Nazi Germany as a part of their propaganda tool. Germany took
the torch from Athens to Berlin via Central and Eastern Europe to show off their glory. In the ancient Olympics they never had this torch ceremony
and it does not really serve any purpose other then the supposedly "showing it" as a symbol of the Olympic ideals.
If you look at the routes of Torch
Relay from the previous Olympics, you will notice that most of them only
visit places in or near the hosting country (e.g. LA 1984, Seoul 1988, Barcelona
1992, Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000). Only the Beijing Olympics has its torch relay visiting pretty much half of the world. To me this feels like the PRC government is having
a ego (or "face") crisis and feel the need to show people who is running the greatest show on Earth. Nothing wrong with
that and if this makes them feel better then that's fine with me. However they
should not be surprised that people in the country the flame visits may not agree
with what PRC government is doing and would like to protest against it.PRC
government cannot blame anyone but themselves when there are so many
"embarrassing" incident along the route.
All this sounds like the
Emperor's New Clothes to me you know....