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Jewish World Review July 2, 2001 / 11 Tamuz 5761

Don Feder

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Olympic games in Beijing a new low -- THE Bush administration has declared moral neutrality in foreign policy -- that is to say, it will take no position on holding the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

This makes it likely that when the International Olympic Committee meets on July 13, it will award the games to the gulag state. In the aftermath of China's hijacking our reconnaissance plan, a resolution opposing Beijing's bid passed the House International Relations Committee. But with the administration capitulating, the House leadership won't let it come up for a floor vote.

The commie coddling is bipartisan. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Joe Biden says congressional opposition "would be considered a slap in the face by the Chinese people" -- thus confusing the rulers of China with their subjects.

And an unnamed state department official told The Washington Post the games will give Beijing a "powerful but intangible incentive" to improve its human-rights record and foreign policy.

Apparently, he's never heard of Adolf Hitler. Hosting the 1936 Olympics didn't humanize Hitler, but gave him a propaganda coup. "Foreign visitors are departing almost fulsome in their praise of German organization and German hospitality," wrote The New York Times. Three years later, much of Europe had a chance to experience Teutonic organization firsthand.

Far from improving human rights, the Olympics will occasion more persecution.

When the IOC was on an inspection tour of Beijing in February, police conducted street-sweeps to eliminate "undesirables" (the mentally ill, unemployed, urchins), who were confined to one of the nation's 800 labor camps -- whose residents are rehabilitated through starvation and torture.

This international recognition will come in the midst of China's repression of the Falun Gong. Since the group was banned in 1999, some 10,000 of the dangerous meditators have been sentenced to labor camps for up to 10 years. Of that number, 229 have died in custody. Every week brings word of fresh atrocities. On May 14, a woman posting Falun Gong flyers was beaten and raped in the streets of Beijing by a guardian of public order.

The treatment of Falun Gong is part of a murderous mosaic. In April, 600 paramilitary troops stormed the village of Yuntang, whose farmers were protesting extortionate taxes, killing two of the unarmed demonstrators and wounding 18.

Last week, the People's Liberation Army evicted thousands of Buddhist monks and nuns from a thriving religious center in Tibet. The grand inquisitors continue to hold U.S.-based China scholars, including two American citizens, on trumped-up charges of espionage. Several haven't been seen in months.

On June 27, Dr. Wang Guoqi told a congressional committee that Chinese doctors have removed organs from executed prisoners, in some cases before their hearts stopped. Not very sporting, is it?

President George Bush has progressed from a commitment to move away from Clinton's policy of we-feel-the-politburo's-pain to appeasement as usual.

China got its semi-apology for downing our plane and holding the crew hostage for 11 days. Since then, the administration has gone out of its way to demonstrate our friendship for the ruthless gang that rules the Middle Kingdom.

Taiwan didn't get its Aegis-equipped ships. The White House ordered an about-face on Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's decision to suspend military exchanges with China.

The mandarins have indicated that when Bush visits Beijing in October, they want him to prostrate himself by ritually repeating the One-China policy. Perhaps he'll follow Clinton's lead in reciting the "3-nos" on Taiwan (no to two Chinas, independence and U.N. membership) in Tiananmen Square.

Speaking of that bloody ground, China has announced that if it gets the games, it will hold the beach volleyball contest at the site of the 1989 massacre. Even Hitler didn't have the chutzpah to stage the 100-yard dash at Dachau.

If it gives Beijing the Olympics, the IOC might consider adding some events, in keeping with the locale -- catch and torture the dissident, drag the pregnant woman to an abortion clinic, storm the village and slaughter the protestors, and the ever popular Tibetan-monk toss. The People's Republic will be well-positioned to go for the gold.

JWR contributing columnist Don Feder's latest books are Who is afraid of the Religious Right? ($15.95) and A Jewish conservative looks at pagan America ($9.95). To receive an autographed copy, send a check or money order to: Don Feder, The Boston Herald, 1 Herald Sq., Boston, Mass. 02106. Doing so will help fund JWR, if so noted. He is also available as a guest speaker. To comment on this column please click here.

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