The Reason Why No One Is Watching the Beijing Olympics

Commentary The Beijing Winter Olympics are heading toward the lowest TV viewership in the history of the games. Right now, it’s about half the audience that watched the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. Why so low? Organizers and TV executives say it’s because the United States and other nations have declined to send official representatives to China. Their soft or semi- boycott is in protest of the Chinese Communist Party’s human rights abuses, including those targeting the Uyghur minority. As I explain in the latest episode of “Over the Target,” Western officials don’t really care that much about the Uyghurs or any of the other populations that the CCP has designated as enemies of the party—like the Tibetans, Hong Kong’s pro-democracy dissidents, or the Falun Gong movement. The West won’t even protect its own people from the CCP’s depredations. It was only two years ago that COVID-19 swept out of China, spreading death, illness, and poverty to the four corners of the Earth. And, instead of holding Beijing accountable, the world has instead sent its young men and women to that same country to participate in a celebration of athletic competition, friendship, and international comity. And so for Beijing, the 2022 Olympics is a propaganda campaign, summoning the world to celebrate a regime of death, disease, and desecration. See the timeline leading up to the Games through the eyes of top CCP officials: Two years ago, a deadly pandemic escaped from a lab where the People’s Liberation Army has a bioweapons program. We lied about the nature of the lab and the origins of COVID-19. We lied about when it started and how it started, and we lied about how it’s transmitted. Our lies cost the world so much in death and destruction, that we might as well have released the virus on purpose. Maybe we did. Your leaders will never hold us accountable. They wouldn’t dare. They have come to celebrate us. Sure, China may have lost millions of people to the pandemic, but we don’t see human life the way Western countries do—tens, maybe hundreds of millions died from starvation in the Cultural Revolution. The Communist Party is accustomed to sacrificing human lives on an industrial scale to advance the interests of the party. For the party is all that matters.   Seen from our perspective, we waged a war on the great Western powers that they didn’t even know we were waging. And we won. Your economies crashed while ours thrived. Maybe most importantly, you showed that your own ideology is worthless—what you call democracy is a lie. For almost a century in its conflict with the communist powers, America boasted about the power of democracy. And freedom. But over the last two years, the truth was plain for everyone to see—the Americans do not believe their own ideology. They do not love freedom. They hold free people, their own people, in contempt. Look at how the West truly regards freedom. At the first chance to seize power, all of their politicians and bureaucrats put on gloves of iron. Emergency laws everywhere. Even small-town mayors and other local officials jumped at the opportunity to impose draconian measures on their own neighbors—while they themselves publicly scoffed at the regulations. Governors of the Americans’ biggest states, like California and New Jersey, were photographed enjoying lavish evenings out on the town, without masks, while they forced others to cower in fear with their faces covered. The Americans love freedom? They put masks on their children. They kept their schools shut. They forced their elderly to die alone. And this is the perfect portrait of American freedom—an old woman gasping for her last breath, suffocating, leaving the earth alone, with her family on the other side of a glass wall. The West is led by hypocrites. They still lecture us about Tiananmen Square. In 1992, the U.S. President Bill Clinton said he would tie trade with Beijing to human rights. And within a few short years, Democrats and Republicans alike dropped all pretense and gave China most favored nation status in trade. They lied through their teeth that trading with us was the best way to moderate us, make us more Western. Liars. They wanted to get rich. They saw a labor pool of hundreds of millions of peasants under the control of an authoritarian political body—us, the CCP—promising no work problems and a steady flow of cheap goods. The Americans led the West in robbing their own people and exporting their jobs to us. We filled their empty lives with fentanyl in exchange.   The ideological war between communism and the West is now conclusively over—we won. Freedom, such as the Western powers describe it, lost. And now they have gathered in Beijing to acknowledge our strength and greatness—two years after we poisoned their people. These Olympic games are historic—it is a ceremony of international surrender. Thank you. Thank you for coming, slaves. And that’s how Beijing sees our corrupt Western elites. An

The Reason Why No One Is Watching the Beijing Olympics

Commentary

The Beijing Winter Olympics are heading toward the lowest TV viewership in the history of the games. Right now, it’s about half the audience that watched the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. Why so low?

Organizers and TV executives say it’s because the United States and other nations have declined to send official representatives to China. Their soft or semi- boycott is in protest of the Chinese Communist Party’s human rights abuses, including those targeting the Uyghur minority.

As I explain in the latest episode of “Over the Target,” Western officials don’t really care that much about the Uyghurs or any of the other populations that the CCP has designated as enemies of the party—like the Tibetans, Hong Kong’s pro-democracy dissidents, or the Falun Gong movement. The West won’t even protect its own people from the CCP’s depredations.

It was only two years ago that COVID-19 swept out of China, spreading death, illness, and poverty to the four corners of the Earth. And, instead of holding Beijing accountable, the world has instead sent its young men and women to that same country to participate in a celebration of athletic competition, friendship, and international comity. And so for Beijing, the 2022 Olympics is a propaganda campaign, summoning the world to celebrate a regime of death, disease, and desecration.

See the timeline leading up to the Games through the eyes of top CCP officials:

Two years ago, a deadly pandemic escaped from a lab where the People’s Liberation Army has a bioweapons program. We lied about the nature of the lab and the origins of COVID-19. We lied about when it started and how it started, and we lied about how it’s transmitted. Our lies cost the world so much in death and destruction, that we might as well have released the virus on purpose. Maybe we did. Your leaders will never hold us accountable. They wouldn’t dare. They have come to celebrate us.

Sure, China may have lost millions of people to the pandemic, but we don’t see human life the way Western countries do—tens, maybe hundreds of millions died from starvation in the Cultural Revolution. The Communist Party is accustomed to sacrificing human lives on an industrial scale to advance the interests of the party. For the party is all that matters.  

Seen from our perspective, we waged a war on the great Western powers that they didn’t even know we were waging. And we won. Your economies crashed while ours thrived. Maybe most importantly, you showed that your own ideology is worthless—what you call democracy is a lie.

For almost a century in its conflict with the communist powers, America boasted about the power of democracy. And freedom. But over the last two years, the truth was plain for everyone to see—the Americans do not believe their own ideology. They do not love freedom. They hold free people, their own people, in contempt.

Look at how the West truly regards freedom. At the first chance to seize power, all of their politicians and bureaucrats put on gloves of iron. Emergency laws everywhere. Even small-town mayors and other local officials jumped at the opportunity to impose draconian measures on their own neighbors—while they themselves publicly scoffed at the regulations. Governors of the Americans’ biggest states, like California and New Jersey, were photographed enjoying lavish evenings out on the town, without masks, while they forced others to cower in fear with their faces covered.

The Americans love freedom? They put masks on their children. They kept their schools shut. They forced their elderly to die alone. And this is the perfect portrait of American freedom—an old woman gasping for her last breath, suffocating, leaving the earth alone, with her family on the other side of a glass wall.

The West is led by hypocrites. They still lecture us about Tiananmen Square. In 1992, the U.S. President Bill Clinton said he would tie trade with Beijing to human rights. And within a few short years, Democrats and Republicans alike dropped all pretense and gave China most favored nation status in trade. They lied through their teeth that trading with us was the best way to moderate us, make us more Western. Liars. They wanted to get rich. They saw a labor pool of hundreds of millions of peasants under the control of an authoritarian political body—us, the CCP—promising no work problems and a steady flow of cheap goods. The Americans led the West in robbing their own people and exporting their jobs to us. We filled their empty lives with fentanyl in exchange.  

The ideological war between communism and the West is now conclusively over—we won. Freedom, such as the Western powers describe it, lost. And now they have gathered in Beijing to acknowledge our strength and greatness—two years after we poisoned their people. These Olympic games are historic—it is a ceremony of international surrender. Thank you. Thank you for coming, slaves.

And that’s how Beijing sees our corrupt Western elites. And it’s why Americans and others around the world aren’t watching the Beijing games. Unlike their leaders, they hold the CCP accountable. They’ve tasted its cruelty and brutality first-hand.

Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.


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Lee Smith is a veteran journalist whose work appears in Real Clear Investigations, the Federalist, and Tablet.