The 2008 Beijing Olympics began yesterday with the Opening Ceremony, and will continue on through August 24th.
For the next two and a half weeks, the athletic dramas of this Olympiad will play out under it’s theme “One World, One Dream”.
But as we learned in previous installments of the ‘Islamism Series’, the radical Islamofascists have their own vision of ‘One world, one dream’ that runs counter to that on display this month in China.
The radical Islamists want the world united as one Caliphate under the banner of Islam, run by the Caliph, with everyone either believing in or subjecting themselves to the rule of the Islamists.
To this end, every major event held around the world becomes a tempting target for them to flex their muscles, to show that they can and will influence world events by inserting their violent vision into the proceedings if allowed.
Particularly since 9/11, every major public event has properly seen a dramatic increase in the scope and cost of the security surrounding those events. From the Super Bowl to political conventions, and everything in between, security is stepped up, and convenience and personal liberties are sacrificed thanks to the terrorists of Islamofascism.
Already there have been threats and plots against these Olympics. In an attack that the Washington Post described as being done only by the “ethnic Uighur minority”, these terrorists killed 16 police officers and injured dozens of others this week by driving a dump truck into a group of officers who were out for a training jog, then tossing grenades into the police compound. This ‘ethnic minority’ is Islamic, by the way.
The Uighur militant Islamic group known as the Turkistan Islamic Party released a video coinciding with the Olympics Opening Ceremony in which they showed a burning Olympic logo, and an image of one of the Olympic venues exploding.
This video included a warning to all Muslims to stay away from Olympic and Beijing-area venues. Among the warnings were calls for Muslims to avoid taking public transportation, and pleas for Muslim peoples to not allow their athletes to attend the games.
According to a report by the Bloomberg news organization, China has deployed a 100,000-person strong anti-terror unit for the Olympics, and equipment that includes fighter jets, helicopters, naval vessels, and even anti-aircraft launchers at the main Olympic stadium.
Back in January, Chinese officials uncovered a plot to attack the Olympics and confiscated “guns, homemade bombs, training materials and extremist religious ideological materials” during a raid that resulted in the death of two terrorists and arrest of a dozen and a half more.
The Chinese government is Communist, and politically repressive, so the show that they are putting on this month with the Olympiad largely masks a host of human-rights problems that should make opponents of America’s detainee policy at Guantanamo Bay cringe.
But all that the Radical Islamists want is to replace one repressive regime with another, simply changing the ideology from Communism to Islamofascism.
So while you are watching the basketball, soccer, track & field, swimming, diving, volleyball, baseball, gymnastics, boxing and other incredible displays of athleticism, and while your chest swells with pride over emerging American Olympic heroes and other human interest stories that emerge, there is another side.
Behind the scenes, hundreds of thousands of Chinese and others are working long and hard in an attempt to secure these Olympics from terrorist attacks that have been and are being plotted. Let’s wish them the best in that effort against the radical, terrorist Islamists.
This is the continuation of my regular feature ‘Islamism Series’. At the bottom of this entry, you can click on the tag of that name to read more entries.