Wow! Whatever your feelings about the Games being held in China, you have to acknowledge the impressive achievement of the opening event. The scale, precision, and artistic beauty exceeded all expectations. If you’ve ever directed people to do anything, you have to be impressed with the discipline and precision of thousands of participants in complex choreography. And those closing fireworks!
Personally, I’m torn between a sense of protest over the human rights history of the Chinese government and a hope that hosting the games will lead to a greater sense of openness and freedom for the Chinese people. If history has taught us anything, we should know that freedom beget freedoms. An exposure to liberty will often develop an appetite for it.