IT IS FRANCE: RUSSIA 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP CHAMPION.

IT IS FRANCE: RUSSIA 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP CHAMPION.

ICHEOKU says they did it, deservedly and rightly earned; the boys from Paris. ICHEOKU says congratulations.

KAVANAUGH IS THE ONE: CONGRATULATIONS

KAVANAUGH IS THE ONE: CONGRATULATIONS.

ICHEOKU says he is coming with a clear-eyed view of what the United States of America constitution provides and will not legislate from the bench. ICHEOKU says definitely the right pick, so CONFIRM him now and right away and without any delay or much ado. Congratulation.

DEEP STATE IS REAL.


Lisa Page: “Trump is not ever going to become president, right? Right?!”


Peter Strzok: “No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it.”


ICHEOKU says if this is not corruption of the worst type, what else so qualifies? So sad the length these guys went to truncate the will of the American people; yet they will turn around and accuse other countries of corruption and you wonder is it only when money exchanges hands that there is corruption. Pitifully SAD.

OBSTRUCTION 101: THE VERDICT.

“The only obstruction President Trump committed was in obstructing Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton from the White House.” - Jesse Watters, Watters World.


PRESIDENT TRUMP: THE PROMISE KEEPER

“The United States no longer makes empty threats. When I make promises, I keep them.” - President Donald John Trump.

ICHEOKU says exactly why he is now fondly nicknamed the Promise Keeper and he keeps his promises, one promise at a time.

NUCLEAR BLACKMAIL IS UNACCEPTABLE.

America will not be held hostage to nuclear blackmail. We will not allow American cities to be threatened with destruction. And we will not allow a regime that chants “Death to America” to gain access to the most deadly weapons on Earth." - President Donald John Trump.


AG JEFF SESSIONS: WHAT DO THEY HAVE ON HIM?

ICHEOKU says what does the Deep State have on AG Jeff Sessions that has purchased his quiet and inaction over the excesses of the Russian Collusion witch hunt? Something definitely does not look right and apparently seems awry that the Attorney General appears so constricted to do anything to bring the never ending "investigation" to a conclusion. How much longer will the American people wait to have the matter concluded and what will it take. As a member of Team MAGA, from the basket of deplorables, who defended him when the president was threatening to fire him, ICHEOKU is not particularly satisfied with the "playing it safe" attitude which Jeff has adopted thus far and urge him to find any possible way to make the investigators finish their job immediately and without any further delay.


TONY ELUMELU: LETS MAKE HIM PRESIDENT.

ICHEOKU says he has all it takes to turn Nigeria around and Make Nigeria Great Again. He is highly cerebral; he is well traveled and is highly exposed internationally; he is a doer with a can-do spirit and attitude which translates to impossible is nothing as it does not exists in his dictionary; he is fully accomplished person who turned around the nearly moribund behemoth UBA and created thousands of jobs both in Nigeria and overseas; and above all, he is youthful and has age on his side and you ask yourself, what else is anyone looking for in a leader for Nigeria that is on bended knees and begging for leadership other than a man with his proven record. If he can do this in the private sector, he can also mission accomplish such in the public sector and resuscitate a Nigeria that is in distress. CHEOKU is emphatic that Tony Elumelu is a highly qualified, fit and proper person to lead Nigeria out of its present woods of near comatose and under performing achievements. Lets go to work Nigerians and make his candidature both viable and achievable. We can do this fellas; so lets urge Tony to run, run Tony run and together lets Make Nigeria Great Again. If Trump can do it, so can Tony.


SYRIA WARNED TO DESIST OR BE BOMBED AGAIN.

"If the Syria regime uses this poisonous gas again on its people, it will be bombed again. The United States of America is locked and loaded. When our president draws a redline, our president enforces the redline." - Nikki Haley, United States of America Ambassador to the United Nations.


VLADIMIR PUTIN: WHENEVER HE IS READY!

VLADIMIR PUTIN: WHENEVER HE IS READY!

ICHEOKU says Russia's Vladimir Putin has one good opportunity to finally move back into the comity of civilized nations and stop his despotic mentality which always sees him flocking amidst his fellow dictators. But if he choses to remain in the cold and remain in Kremlin where he has been holed in since 1999, too bad. His too long stay in power is only damaging Russia but not helping it; and gradually turning Russia into a third world country where only one man dictates what goes on in the country. Putin, change your ways; let true democracy reign in Russia. Salute

JOHN BOLTON: THE NEW NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER.

JOHN BOLTON: THE NEW NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER.

ICHEOKU says you cannot get a more American American and he is a hardcore America First nationalist as they come. President Donald John Trump's pick to succeeded fired National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is the real deal. He is a hard-nosed American First protagonist, who does not shy away from projecting America's power through strength and who is not afraid to have America go it alone if need be. ICHEOKU says hopefully the president has found the very person who will help him achieve and implement his policy objectives in John Bolton. But as far as MAGA and AF agendas are concerned, Ambassador John Bolton is one heck of a good pick and a right fit for the job. He will help President Donald John Trump with doing his job for the American people. ICHEOKU says congratulations to the Mustachioed One. Let the governance of MAGA now really begin.


A FACEBOOK CENSORED WORLD: LIMITING FREE SPEECH

A FACEBOOK CENSORED WORLD: LIMITING FREE SPEECH

ICHEOKU says they pretend to be guardians of free speech but wants to tele-guide other peoples thinking by limiting what they can freely say; especially if you are a conservative and holds opinions which are favorable of President Donald John Trump and critical of Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton. Unfortunately, they will not succeed but can only force people to opt out of the live wasting exercise of gluing one's eyeballs to the platform. An exercise which does not add anything of value to users, nor pays them anything for helping them bring more eyeballs to the portal. Instead of being grateful that people are helping them bilk advertisers of billions of dollars with their riveted eyeballs, they now want to micromanage everyone's thought as if they are doing one a favor by letting them waste their time using Facebook. ICHEOKU says will not be cowered nor intimidated; they can block ICHEOKU all the heck they want but ICHEOKU will not bow to Facebook's attempt to control ICHEOKU's thoughts and would rather permanently part ways with the Mark Zuckerberg globalist weapon of mass control than kowtow to a group thinking. To hell with this attempt to exact undue control and turn everyone into a herd mind.


THE RUSSIAN COLLUSION: DEALT A FATAL BLOW.


"There is no allegation in this indictment that any American was a knowing participant in this illegal activity. There is also no allegation in the indictment that the charged conduct altered the outcome of the 2016 election." - Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General of the United States of America.

ICHEOKU says this determination, for every intent and purpose, now lays to rest the "Collusion with the Russians" hogwash; as nobody can be guilty of an offense which requires awareness to ground when he or she is not aware of it. Collusion is a conspiracy and requires a proactive participation coupled with a guilty knowledge to bring about the purpose of the conspiracy. Therefore, when will the Special Counsel address the nation and tell Americans that there is no there, there, in the Russian Collusion investigation and save America further bleeding both in resources, time and unity. Enough of the sore loser antics of the Democratic Party which does not know how to take a loss and learn to work to fix what went wrong, instead of continuously pointing a finger at a mirage that is the Russian Collusion, in its bid to find something to blame for its ineptitude that led to the epochal loss of November 8th, 2016.

FBI MEMO SCANDAL: OBAMA WAS IN THE LOOP


"POTUS WANTS TO KNOW EVERYTHING WE ARE DOING." - Lisa Page to boyfriend Peter Strzok, two FBI officials.


ICHEOKU says the POTUS then was President Barack Hussein Obama, who had previously denied and lied to the American people that he does not dabble into any FBI's investigative matter. Really?


AMERICA IS HERE TO STAY - PDJT

AMERICA IS HERE TO STAY - PDJT

"Americans fill the world with art and music. They push the bounds of science and discovery. And they forever remind us of what we should never ever forget: The people dreamed this country. The people built this country. And it's the people who are making America great again. As long as we are proud of who we are, and what we are fighting for, there is nothing we cannot achieve. As long as we have confidence in our values, faith in our citizens, and trust in our God, we will not fail. Our families will thrive. Our people will prosper. And our Nation will forever be safe and strong and proud and mighty and free." - President Donald John Trump.


IT IS ONE YEAR TODAY, HURRAY!

IT IS ONE YEAR TODAY, HURRAY!
ICHEOKU says congratulations to President Donald John Trump for successfully steering America's ship of States for a full year. What the naysayers said will not happen is a reality which they are finding extremely difficult to live with. But their preferences notwithstanding, Make America Great Again is on course and nobody will torpedo it. Once again, congratulations to the leader of Team MAGA on the anniversary of his being sworn in as the 45th POTUS.

ICHEOKU'S MAN OF THE YEAR 2017: PRESIDENT DONALD JOHN TRUMP

ICHEOKU says following an examination of so many nominated individuals, we have determined that this year 2017's man of the year is President Donald John Trump, the 45th President of the United States of America. He came into office shooting on both hips and as the year draws to an end, his both guns are still firing and smoking. For standing up to the world and starring down American detractors and being the cheerleader and champion in chief of America, the leader of Team Make America Great Again has earned ICHEOKU's man of the year award 2017. Congratulations to President Donald John Trump.

JERUSALEM IS ISRAEL'S ETERNAL CAPITAL - PDJT

JERUSALEM IS ISRAEL'S ETERNAL CAPITAL - PDJT
ICHEOKU says a wisdom of Solomon come to judgment; it is about time the child is given to the rightful mother. Salute to the courage of President Donald John Trump.

AMERICA STRONG!

"Together with our allies, America's warriors are prepared to defend our nation using the full range of our unmatched capabilities. No one — no dictator, no regime and no nation — should underestimate, ever, American resolve."


RUSSIAN COLLUSION: EVIDENCE FOUND!

RUSSIAN COLLUSION: EVIDENCE EMERGES!

ICHEOKU says Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton was caught pants down colluding with the Russians and she has been trying so hard to pull the wool over the eyes of American people over whodunnit. What a lying, contriving, manipulative woman she is, who lies so easily that you wonder whether truth actually exists in her lexicon. Pitiful.

RUSSIAN DOSSIER: PAID FOR BY HILLARY CLINTON

RUSSIAN DOSSIER: PAID FOR BY CLINTON

ICHEOKU says finally the circle is about being completed and American people and the world at large will come to know who in fact did the collusion. Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Congress paid Fusion GPS to produce the fake Russian dossier which former CIA chief James Clapper said was the basis for the Trump investigation. Yet, the investigation is still ongoing, despite the now established fact that the basis of it was a manufactured phony. But hey, we shall see.


ICHEOKU says still wondering WHAT HAPPENED and the reason 33,000 emails were deleted and bleach washed? Hopefully American people will soon confirm their suspicion that those shouting themselves hoax with Russian Collusion might indeed be the ones who actually colluded with the Russians. So much for the Russian Reset button. Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton, simply too crooked.


GLAD TO BE CARRIED TO FULL TERM.

GRATEFUL TO BE CARRIED FULL TERM

ICHEOKU says another lucky one that survived the abortionist's pincers from the over 360,000 unlucky ones that get flushed out each year. May God help us all have a better resolution about unwanted pregnancies.


JUST SAY NO TO KNEELING: IT IS UN-AMERICAN.

JUST SAY NO TO KNEELING: IT IS UN-AMERICAN.
ICHEOKU says from being disrespectful to the flag to being unappreciative of the services of the military to overall being anti America; NFL players must learn to check their political activism outside the stadiums. They must not kneel on our dime. ICHEOKU supports the president 1000% on this and hereby calls on every player to respect the sensibilities of the many differently opined fans who paid to watch a game and not to be made mad by their personal political agenda.

IPOB: NOT A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION - USA


“The United States Government is strongly committed to Nigeria’s unity. Important political and economic issues affecting the Nigerian people, such as the allocation of resources, are worthwhile topics for respectful debate in a democracy. Within the context of unity, we encourage all Nigerians to support a de-escalation of tensions and peaceful resolution of grievances. The Indigenous People of Biafra is not a terrorist organization under US law.” - Russell Brooks, United States of America.

HILLARY CLINTON LOST THE ELECTION - CHARLES SCHUMER

HILLARY CLINTON LOST THE ELECTION - CHARLES SCHUMER

"When you lose to somebody who has a 40 percent popularity, you don’t blame other things — Comey, Russia — you blame yourself. So what did we do wrong? People didn’t know what we stood for, just that we were against Trump. And still believe that." - Senator Charles Schumer, Senior Senator from the State of New York and Democratic Minority Leader in the Senate. ICHEOKU says the statement spoke volume and it spoke for itself. Finally it seems the Democrats have finally turned the corner and are now ready to face up to their abysmal performance in the last presidential election by acknowledging that the American people indeed choose Trump over their Hillary Clinton. Thankfully, they will also now rest their "Russians Did It" cockamamie and find a message they can present to the people and for the good of the country.. Time to move the process forward is now as American people did not buy into the crap of a Russian collusion which they tried unsuccessfully to sell to them.

North Korea PUT ON NOTICE

NORTH KOREA  PUT ON NOTICE: DON'T PUSH ME.
"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. As I said, they will be met with the fire and fury and, frankly, power." - President Donald John Trump. ICHEOKU says the Michelin Tire midget at Pyongyang is definitely courting trouble and messing with the wrong man. He probably thinks Barack Obama the redline president is still in office; but unbeknownst to him there is a new sheriff in town and his name is Donald John Trump and he does not mess around. Hopefully China can rein in the little man before he commits mass suicide with his North Korean people.

NORTH KOREA: TOTAL ANNIHILATION NOW ON THE TABLE.

NORTH KOREA: TOTAL ANNIHILATION NOW ON THE TABLE.

ICHEOKU says once again the diminutive midget of Pyongyang has been advised to heed the resolution of the United Nations firm stand against his continuing provocations; and that the total wiping out of his North Korea is now an option should he force the hands of the United States of American military. In a statement by the Defense Secretary Jim Maddog Mattis over its latest nuclear test, the secretary said “Our commitment among the allies are ironclad. Any threat to the United States or its territories, including Guam, or our allies will be met with a massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming. We are not looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely North Korea, but as I said, we have many options to do so.” ICHEOKU says does not really know the joker that guy has, but whatever it is will likely very soon be forced out. The world including ICHEOKU is waiting and watching.

BIAFRA EXIT FROM NIGERIA: A CALL TO DUTY

BIAFRA EXIT FROM NIGERIA: A CALL TO DUTY
ICHEOKU says the time has come and the time is now for the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra to be allowed to choose their self governance and exit from Nigeria going forward.. A referendum on the future of Biafra is a legitimate demand of the people and it is their right to so do. The people of the Nation of Biafra want to go their own way because of the hostilities from other member nations of Nigeria. Let the United Nations order a referendum and let the people decide their own Biafraexit.

PDJT ISSUES A VERDICT ON ISLAMIST TERRORISTS


"There can be no coexistence with this violence. There can be no tolerating it, no accepting it, no excusing it, and no ignoring it. Every time a terrorist murders an innocent person and falsely invokes the name of God, it should be an insult to every person of faith. Terrorists do not worship God; they worship death. If we do not act against this organized terror, then we know what will happen and what will be the end result. Terrorism's devastation of life will continue to spread, peaceful societies will become engulfed by violence, and the futures of many generations will be sadly squandered. If we do not stand in uniform condemnation of this killing, then not only will we be judged by our people, not only will we be judged by history, but we will be judged by God." - President Donald John Trump.


BBOB: BRING BACK OUR BIAFRA

ICHEOKU says it is worth fighting for, self determination and it is not a crime for a people to aspire for self governance. Indigenous Peoples of Biafra are marching forward and hopefully they will soon get to the promised land. Viva Biafra.
#BringBackOurBiafra.





"When two raging fires meet together, they do consume the thing that feeds their fury. Though little fire grows great with little wind, yet extreme gusts do blow out fire." - William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew


WHAT REALLY MATTERS IN LIFE - STEVE JOBS

“I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world. In others’ eyes, my life is an epitome of success. However, aside from work, I have little joy. Non-stop pursuing of wealth will only turn a person into a twisted being, just like me. God gave us the senses to let us feel the love in everyone’s heart, not the illusions brought about by wealth. Memories precipitated by love is the only true riches which will follow you, accompany you, giving you strength and light to go on. The most expensive bed in the world is the sick bed. You can employ someone to drive the car for you, make money for you but you cannot have someone to bear sickness for you. Material things lost can be found. But there is one thing that can never be found when it is lost – Life. Treasure Love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends. Treat yourself well. Cherish others.” - SJ

EVIL CANNOT BE TRULY DESTROYED.

"The threat of evil is ever present. We can contain it as long as we stay vigilant, but it can never truly be destroyed. - Lorraine Warren (Annabelle, the movie)


ONLY THE POOR WISH THEY HAD STUFF?

“I’m not that interested in material things. As long as I find a good bed that I can sleep in, that’s enough.” - Nicolas Berggruem, the homeless billionaire.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

CHINA HOSTS THE WORLD!


After seven (7) years of preparation and Forty (40) billion dollars USD in expenses, China is finally ready for the world! The XXIX Olympiad starts on August 8th, 2008 in Beijing China; with opening ceremony scheduled to hold in their newly completed construction-marvel, the $400million dollars USD National Stadium aka Peoples' Bird Nest. China has pulled it off again and the National Stadium speaks volume that this country of about 1.5 billion people has finally come to stay as a major world player indeed. Despite her shortfalls with human rights violations, China has been able to maintain her 1.5 billion people; feeding and clothing them. With what they have put together within a period of 7 years preparatory for the Olympics, historians and writers alike will judge the administration in Beijing fairly. According to one analyst, it is supposed to be just games but in reality, the modern Olympics is both symbolically and materially a political event; simply stated, it is a competition among nations. Icheoku therefore congratulates the Chinese people for their wonderful effort at putting Beijing in an Olympic state - magnificent edifices put in place for this great Olympics are marvelous wonders to behold! Icheoku heretofore wish them a hitch-free successful hosting of the world. Once again, Congratulations, Chinese people!

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Opinionist: Inside Games: What the Beijing Olympics is really about
Lately, the Olympics has started to remind us of the kind of conversation wherein someone is prepared to reveal a secret, but the key details are not forthcoming. Rather, the speaker dances around the facts, dropping a hint here and there at a carefully measured pace, meanwhile we sit silently, captivated and spellbound awaiting the payoff when the whole truth is finally revealed to us. So we will wait another 14 days for the start of Games of the XXIX Olympiad.

Long before the Olympic flame was ignited at the Hera Temple of Ancient Olympia amid a pompous gathering of international dignitaries, it was clear that Beijing's Olympics is about far more than mere athletics, contrary to its public statements. In reality, the modern Olympics is both symbolically and materially a political event; simply stated, it is a competition among nations. Although this is ideally intended to be limited to the sports arena, in reality there are no such firewalls in politics and as past boycotts have shown, the Games can and will be exploited as a bargaining chip in international poltics. Moreover, insofar as each team represents its nation, the performance of the national teams is, in a very public way, a projection of national power. As Mao Zhi Xiong, professor of sports psychology at Beijing Sports University recently stated, "If you win a lot of medals, then it shows you have advanced as a country. It means the economy is growing, that living standards are improving and that there is better technology."

Naturally, Beijing's propagandists were well aware of this from the start, and from the moment a 14-meter Olympic countdown clock was planted in Tian'anmen Square in 2004, the public awareness campaign and promotion of the Olympic Games has been relentless in every sphere of Chinese public life. There has been constant television and print coverage of the lead-in to the Games, in all of China there is barely a spare placard that does not bear some reference to the Olympics, and sponsorships have been sold for everything from wrist-watches to soft-drinks to big oil to credit card services, with the omnipresent five Fuwa serving as a constant reminder of this Olympic Games with "Chinese characteristics." Domestically, the Olympics has been a tool of manipulation, pride, and profit, and with an extraordinarily long build-up to the Games the public has been strung along with a sense of anticipation as if they are preparing to witness the rapture.


In terms of infrastructure, the 2008 Beijing Games will be unique in the scale of its production and the transformation it has imposed upon its host city. The Chinese have spared no expense in building the world's grandest sporting arenas, irreversibly altering the face of the capital city, leveling ancient neighborhoods to add the shiny "modern" luster of blocky high-rises over old Beijing, and displacing an estimated 1.5 million people in the process. While it is commonly quoted that the 17-days of the Games will cost approximately $40 billion -- this in a country where the cost of manual labor is written-off as "immaterial" -- with the additional suspension of factory operations, the diversion of water via a 309km pipeline from neighboring Hebei province (itself water-poor), the stockpiling of fuel to ensure against power-shortages, the security costs, not to mention any intangibles (loss of work, destruction of historical heritage, trauma inflicted on displaced individuals), we are leery of the offical estimate and suspect the final tab will be far higher. And obviously, where there is a great deal of money being spent, there is a great deal of money being made. The question is, "by whom?" Certainly not these 1.5 million displaced persons.

Similarly, the security precautions have been extraordinary. Recently, the Canwest News Service quoted Interpol chief Robert Nobel's warning, "We must be prepared for the possibility that al-Qaida or some other terrorist group will attempt to launch a deadly terrorist attack at these Olympics." Ergo, the Chinese have responded hammer and tongs to all threats -- both real and perceived, and the laundry list of precautions seems endless. Paraphrasing from Canwest:

There are two-kilometer long traffic lines due to security inspection of cars entering Beijing
Hundreds of checkpoints on every road leading into the capital from Hebei
Soon to be implemented security checkpoints on major downtown streets
100,000 PLA soldiers who protect the capital and Olympic venues (by way of comparison, the US has about 130,000 troops in Iraq)
100,000 ordinary and paramilitary police
60,000 civilian volunteers -- mostly aging members of the Communist-era Neighbourhood Committees - who will be their eyes and ears around the city for the Games
Surface-to-air missile outside the Bird's Nest and Water Cube
Security checks simply to enter the new Beijing Capital Airport in addition to checks inside the airport
Bomb-sniffing dogs and baggage inspectors on the subways
A computer system linked to Interpol's database of more than 14 million stolen and missing passports
265,000 closed-circuit security cameras mounted in the various host cities
Tickets for the opening and closing ceremonies have an RFID chip that stores a picture, the holder's name, address, passport number, telephone and e-mail
Bus and train travelers must present identification
Mailing packages to Beijing or any of the other five Olympic venues requires both identification and inspection
The cost of securing the Games is estimated at $50 million
There have also been first-hand accounts of random automobile inspections within the city, systmatic PSB visits to foreigners in their hotel rooms, and security personnel patrolling the streets of Beijing with black, mushroom-shaped devices that are evidently used to detect invisible danger signs, such as EMFs or chemical traces. Moreover, such is the state of secrecy that it was recently reported by CNN that the 17,000 employees who will participate in the opening ceremonies have taken an oath of silence, breaking which can result in imprisonment.

Such an iteration of precautions is a bit dizzying, but first and foremost, these measures serve to protect the 10,700 athletes, more than 80 heads of state or government, and hundreds of thousands of spectators at the 37 Olympic venues held in 7 different host cities (Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Qingdao, Shenyang, Tianjin, and Qinhuangdao). However, the bottom line for China, its irreducible self-interest is very simply a successful Olympic Games.

Okay, so this is obviously an extremely serious event to Beijing, but what is meant by a "successful Games?" We can gain some insight into this by way of the inexorable promotion of the Games, and the fact that Olympics has evidently taken-on new dimensions within the minds of the average Chinese citizen. In it's simplest incarnation, it is the positive representation of China that matters most to the Han Majority, who are in our humble opinion among the world's most zealous in practice of cultural pride. Therefore, the pictures that will be broadcast in China will offer imagery of material wealth, modernity, sophistication, and most importantly the success, unity ("One World, One Dream, One China"), and power of China and the Chinese people. It is the moment when China will attempt to stand tall in the world and "retake" its position among world powers, and thereby shed the "century of humiliation" that has been scorched into the minds of Chinese via experience or public education. And on the symbolic level, perhaps the holy grail for many Chinese is the opportunity to "defeat America" on the field, which is likely and more than mere medals, is viewed as a harbinger of things to come.

Meanwhile, internationally, the unveiling of the Games has thus far been ugly with large-scale demonstrations and arrests in various locations around the world, which according to the Pew Global Attitudes Project diminished China's standing in world public opinion. However, the international viewing audience for the 2008 Summer Games is still estimated to be approximately 4 billion, the largest in history and these viewers are also very much part of Beijing's calculus in the imagery produced for its Olympic narrative.

To viewers who have not spent significant time in China, in spite of constant media attention, the country is shrouded in mystery and misconceptions (we would also argue that the same applies to many that live within its borders). Effectively, this makes the international viewership a very impressionable audience, upon which the same eye-popping showmanship and images of competence, cultural richness, human performance, and power will create a defining image of China in the minds of many viewers. It is, frankly, a moment for China to show-off in a manner choreographed with exaggerated precision and punch of a kung fu flick. Thereby, it serves as a projection of Chinese "soft-power," enhancing the stature of the China's government, corporations, culture, and people in the eyes of the world. To be sure, this not a trivial feat; however, Beijing also understands that the extraordinary exposure that China will gain through the Olympics is a double-edged sword.

Of course, it was long known that the Games would be used by activists to squeeze a highly insular government. And subsequently, the melee surrounding the longest-ever torch relay did yield negative publicity for China; likewise, an Olympic disaster such as a catastrophic terrorist attack, riots or mass arrests, disruption of the ceremonies, suicide protests or attempts at self-immolation could have an effect directly opposite Beijing's intended projection. A violent, chaos-ridden Olympics fraught with protests and heavy-handed responses from China's enormous army of security personnel could impress upon the world the image of an exploitative, authoritarian state, controlled under the coercion of brute force and arms to serve the interests of its elite. Such events would make Beijing's attempts at a glittering Olympics seem a hollow gesture and merely an exercise intended to manipulate the world public. Needless to say, people don't like to feel deceived or manipulated, and the damage posed by such a scenario is also nontrivial. Not only would it be bad for China's image, but it would also create the impression that China is a less stable place than its "game-face" indicates, which would create the perception of political risk. In short, it would be bad for business.

Obviously, for the greater good, a successful Olympics is in the immediate interest of the majority of the world and for those situated in the "Sinosphere," particularly the Chinese, and most specifically, the Chinese elite. Given the extraordinary security precautions and "preemptive measures," we would be surprised to see anything greater than a few hundred arrests, and for a mere 17-day event, it would seem that the more frightening scenarios are on the low-end of the probability spectrum.

Thus, in our view, the great drama of this Olympics is between those trying to present a brilliant, gilded image of China and those trying expose the ugly face of oppression, exploitation, and all matters some prefer be swept under the rug. In fact, the reality lies somewhere in between, and we believe it would probably best for China and the greater good if the world can glimpse that reality, so as to better understand the nation, its people, and its inevitable impact on the world.