Sunday, August 10, 2008

China is Heating up.

The fatal stabbing of the father of a former Olympian at a Beijing landmark cast a sad shadow over the first full day of Olympic competition Saturday, just hours after China's jubilant opening of the Summer Games.

Todd and Barbara Bachman of Lakeville, Minn. — parents of 2004 volleyball Olympian Elisabeth "Wiz" Bachman and in-laws of U.S. men's volleyball coach Hugh McCutcheon — were attacked by a Chinese man while visiting the 13th-century Drum Tower.

I used to live next to Lakeville, I lost my virginity to a girl from Lakeville. Bachman's is an established Business in Minnesota.

Here is the memorial.

This is a sad thing, tragedy visits us all. I had prayed the Olympics would be have some politics, some type of coming to the world about the oppresive regiem in China, and the way the world turns a blind eye. But not for violence.

But it grows.

At least five people were killed and several more were critically injured in a series of bomb explosions in China's far west region of Xinjiang, in what looks increasingly like a concerted bombing campaign by Muslim separatists to coincide with the Beijing Olympics.

Witnesses described how attackers threw home made bombs at a police station and office buildings, injuring police and security guards and destroying two police cars. Five of the attackers were reported to have been killed at the scene.

Let's hope the violence has run it's course. But there will be repercussions.

There already are: The police are running house to house searches in Xinjiang, and these are smash the door in searches. Funny, how in the name of fighting terror, the first thing to go is human rights!

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