This is the day we have been waiting for, for four years - a giant step for China, a step backward for mankind. It is worthwhile holding the Olympics in China. The authorities there have forbidden the eating of dogs until the Games are over, so man's best friend can feel good until the end of September; he has already gained something. And the subjects have been ordered not to push in queues, not to suck noodles into their mouths too loudly, and not to spit in public - all of this to make a good impression, a cultured impression, on the guests. But the authorities themselves are spitting in the faces of the international community and its Olympic Committee, and the world calls it a monsoon.
And how about dog's best friends, the people? Have they benefited? Not really. China is continuing to put to death many dozens of people every year, this year included; dissidents are thrown into jail; 3 million people have been exiled from the capital in honor of the Games; entire neighborhoods are being pulled down or hidden from sight; access to the Internet has been restricted, sites have been blocked, censorship has been increased, the right to demonstrate has been curtailed, including the bereaved parents from Sichuan Province. The main thing is that George W. Bush and Raleb Majadele will be satisfied.
Nothing has remained of the commitments that China made in 2001. At that time, the world hoped there would be an improvement in the state of human rights in that country, but behold - from bad to worse. Amnesty International published a report this week where it said that China has stepped up the number of arrests and the surveillance of the regime's opponents. "Human rights are being trampled on with a heavy foot; people live in a police state here," said Ai Weiwei, who designed the new Olympic stadium in Beijing.
The ceremony tonight will be breathtaking, something we have never seen before. Around 100 heads of state will sit comfortably in the VIP section, all of them sworn sports fans, because, after all, it is not acceptable to mix politics and sports, as well as politicians and athletes. Bush will also be there, the world champion of democracy and human rights, eating a hamburger, and alongside him, Nicolas Sarkozy, who made his participation at the ceremony conditional on progress in talks with the Dalai Lama's representatives before the start of the Games.
But meanwhile, the negotiations have completely broken down. They are continuing to persecute the Tibetans, just as they persecute other ethnic and religious minorities.
And Shimon Peres will demonstrate his presence after having already given his blessings. "There is a great deal of criticism about the Chinese regime," he said this week, "but it is possible to say a great deal also about us; for example, that there are settlements, and not to come here."
We have always been proud of our president, whose eyes can see into the future. The main point is that his mind is at rest and that the sanctity of the Sabbath will not be disturbed.
And the presidents of Zimbabwe, Myanmar (Burma), Sudan and North Korea will also be there - all of them criminals against humanity and bosom buddies of the host country. It is recommended to take along a handkerchief and mask to deal with the pollution and stench. It's lucky that Pol Pot and Slobodan Milosevic are dead.
I have no idea who will be sitting next to whom in the gallery, but if the seating arrangements go according to the alphabet, Peres from Israel will sit next to Ahmadinejad from Iran. The two will find a common subject for discussion, nuclear reactors.
The Chinese have given the Olympics a slogan - "One World, One Dream." Stop the dream, I want to get off.
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