By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
August 21, 2007
China’s President Hu Jintao might be fed up with his “wonderfully pleasing idea” to bring the Olympics to Beijing.
He has seen his nation come under ever increasing scrutiny. People want to know about China’s record on human rights, HIV/AIDS, global warming and the environment and just about everything else.
When things go horribly wrong you might expect to hear someone from China utter, “Where Did My Lucky Go?”
Luck, or more appropriately, “good fortune,” is one of the centerpieces of Chinese life.
When you live in a godless society, luck takes an even larger role.
So all of good fortune was implored as the one year countdown to the Olympics started in China earlier this month.
International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge marked the start of the one-year countdown with a lavish Chinese-style ceremony that stared on the 8th day, of the 8th month at 8 PM and 8 minutes 8 seconds.
Eight is a lucky number in China.
But to the Chinese, Tiananmen Square has not always been lucky — especially for those seeking democratic and human rights reforms.
Chinese tanks mowed down pro-democracy demonstrators 18 years ago right where tonight’s Olympic ceremonies commenced.
“Not lucky place” a Chinese friend said to me as we watched events unfold.
Yesterday, the “not lucky place” was shrouded in toxic air pollution as Beijing completed a four day test with more than one million cars off the road. Unfortunately, the test was supposed to prove that by removing one million cars from Beijing the city would enjoy cleaner air.
The test failed. Air pollution, as measured by the official state environmental agency, was up from three days ago.
President Hu Jintao of China must be saying about now, “Where Did My Lucky Go?”
President Hu has a host of other issues dogging him: Darfur, the poisoned food scandal, the poisoned toy scandal and a mine disaster of epic proportions. Read more at: