Skip to comments.Goose stepping at Beijing Opening Ceremonies
Posted on 08/10/2008 8:55:41 AM PDT by bobbygardner80
Live Blogging the Opening Ceremonies Mark Starr 12:03--Well they can't keep a secret in this town any better than anywhere else. Li Ning gets the honor. He takes a giant leap--and the final lap around the highest wall inside the stadium to light the cauldron. Fireworks ensue. Good job, China. Let the Games begin!
11:54--The torch is in the building!
11:53--I should have said "doves" with quotation marks. Ever since there was an accidental holocaust of the "peace" birds at one ceremony, the dovishness is strictly symbolic. 100 young women in white gesticulating gently did their dovish best.
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I've read a little about goose-stepping and have found that there are a few countries that incorporate it into their military pageantry. I've also read that it came from Prussia. I've also read that the Chinese were enemies of the Nazi party during world war 2. For all these reasons, many on the net argue that I should not find it offensive.
However, like the swastika(which has actually been used for thousands of years), goose stepping has become a symbol of evil. Just like I choose not to name my children Adolf or Satan, I would like countries not to use the swastika on their flags and would like them not to goose-step during military pageantry.
This generation of americans has been brought up to believe in respect for other people's cultures. I think that we should do that, as long as those cultures deserve our respect. Silently tolerating the use of symbols that are commonly used to represent evil is not something we should do.
The goose-step opening ceremony at the Beijing Olympics was a slap in the face to the world. China will not respect our traditions, our culture, our sensitivities any more than it will respect the human rights of its own citizens. Ideally, the olympics would be solely about the games and the spirit of human brotherhood. However, from the begining they have served as a catalyst for discussion of politics and national policy. People who argue that we should ignore China's human rights abuses should consider that there are human beings suffering horribly over there right now, children being exploited and killed, adults being exploited and killed and Chinese protesters trying desperately to bring our attention to the corruption and oppression that they are suffering. Ignoring them is like walking through a concentration camp and admiring the beauty of the sun and getting angry at those who tell you to look around at what's happening to the people around you. While it is right to admire the beauty of the sun, there should be discussion and action to right wrongs that have no place in the world.
The Berlin games of 1936 was a truly spectacular olympic opening ceremony. The Germans walked in hailing Hitler there was inspirational music. It was crafted with the same flair for cinema that the nazi propaganda films would enjoy for the next 10 years. We can't watch footage of that opening ceremony without being facinated by the knowledge that all those people sitting in the stands would witness some of the most incredibly evil national programs the world has ever seen. Its amazing to think that a modern culture could embrace the ideals of the nazis and its scary as hell that it could happen again. When I watched the chinese soldiers goose-step around I felt similar to the way I feel when I watch footage of that 1936 Olympic opening, except I am more fearful, because I wonder if we had another World War or if there was a slow spread of oppression from China to countries around the world, would good still prevail.
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And the slap in the face wasn’t the goose step (as horrible as that was) it was letting their soldiers touch the Olympic flag at all. That flag is a flag of peace and no host nation should be sending their army to handle it.
“Mao Uber Alles”!
I’m not sure what the exact rules are, but I have been watching the games since I was a little kid and I don’t recall ever seeing a military honor guard participate, much less one that was goose stepping.
Was there really a dove holocaust at an Olympics? I don’t recall the details.
Who cares if the Chinese goose step? Lots of nations besides Nazi Germany also did it. The Buddhists still use the swastika and our soldiers now wear Nazi style helmets. It’s not some superficial trapping that makes a country evil or scary, it’s their actions. Slave labor, reeducation camps, forced abortion and a general police state are all real reasons to distrust and fear China. Goose stepping is not.
See post 2.
Don’t recall which games, but several of the released doves flew through the cauldron’s flames.
Didn’t end well for them.
The contradictions of the liberal philosophy.
How can I be a culturally tolerant person and simultaneously be culturally intolerant.
The Liberal's dogma of Multiculturalism in action.
After looking at the wikipedia articles on the last few Olympics, I found that there’s nota lot of info on who raised the flags, but I did find out that at Salt Lake the honor guard was made up of NYPD and FDNY, and at Sydney it was carried by Australians who had won gold medals at past games.
I agree. It’s just an old Prussian marching style. Prussia trained the armed forces of Chile back in the late 19th century and they still march in the old Prussian style and even have the same march songs to go along with them. I read quite a few German forums and they are not very happy with the total repudiation of their heritage with dates from before the Nazi period.
First off it is the Olympics, lots of cultures there, who can "respect" them all. The word "respect" means to have appreciation for difference in others cultures. Not to not offend, but to not BE offended. It is our political correctness that turns respect into enforced cultural blandness in the name of multiculturalism
Second, this is China and we are there in their house. It is up to us to not offend them. Let them be Chinese in China for heavens sake, they are different than us and I like difference.
Just my two cents worth. From a world traveling kinda guy viewpoint, multiculturalism is good, multiculturalistic lower common denominator stuff is the very thing feared by the author, goosestepping respect police.
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