Steven Spielberg Directs ‘Chaos in Beijing 2008’ – Or: ‘In the future everyone will be called a Nazi for 15 minutes’

13Feb08

I know the story has been brewing for a while, the lobbying, pressure groups, and media coverage have been grinding away for months now. But today it was confirmed that Steven Spielberg has stepped down as Artistic Director for the Olympic Games in Beijing.

The issues surrounding China’s policy regarding Sudan have generated lots of media noise.

Some 200,000 people are estimated to have died and 2.5 million driven from their homes over the last four years of conflict in Sudan’s western region of Darfur, according to estimates by international experts. The Sudanese government in Khartoum put the death toll at a comparatively modest 9,000.

China are of course the main purchaser of Sudan’s exported oil. In return China is the largest supplier of weapons to the East African country.

Mr Spielberg’s statement expressed how his conscience would not allow him to continue his work on the Olympic opening and closing ceremonies for the Aug 8-24 Games while “unspeakable crimes” continued to be committed in Darfur.

The statement was released on the same day that nine Nobel Peace laureates — including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Elie Wiesel and Jody Williams — sent a letter to President Hu Jintao urging a change in China’s policy toward its ally Sudan.

He sent his own letter after actress and Darfur activist Mia Farrow said he risked becoming to the Beijing Games what Nazi propagandist Leni Riefenstahl was to the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Strong words perhaps, but she has a point.

The pressure from Mia Farrow’s Nazi comment to Mr Spielberg does divert me through to a blog observation and an internet ‘law’

The Blog:

IN THE FUTURE, EVERYONE WILL BE HITLER FOR 15 MINUTES

North Korea compares Rumsfeld to Hitler

Dick Durbin Compares Nazi Holocaust (6m dead), Stalin’s gulag (18m dead), & killing fields of Pol Pot (2m dead) to Gauntanomo (0 dead)

Hugo Chavez compares Spanish PM Jose Aznar to Hitler

Global warming worse than Hitler

“Look, he’s a Hitler lover.” Donald Trump on Pat Buchanan

Madonna compares AIDS & Hitler

Schwarzenegger described as Hitler on Steroids

Ted Turner compares CNN rival Fox to Hitler

Ad Compares Taiwanese President to Hitler

“Those who support gay & lesbian families are no different from those who supported Adolph Hitler.” Sheri Drew, who led opening invocation at 2004 Republican Convention

Sean Penn compared Bill O’Reilly to Hitler

Czech PM compared Yasser Arafat to Hitler

British Foreign Secretary compared Saddam to Hitler

Robert Mugabe compared himself to Hitler

“The actions of the Hitler-like district attorney & his storm trooper henchmen are reprehensible.” Phil Spector

Archbishop Desmond Tutu compared Israel to Hitler

Rumsfeld compared Zarqawi to Hitler

“First there was Herod, then there was Hitler & Stalin, & today unborn children are being killed in their millions.” Cardinal Joachim Meisner

Ralph Peters compared Howard Dean to Hitler

Ross Perot compared Clinton to Hitler

Justice Scalia described as worse than Hitler

“What is the difference between Lomborg’s view of humanity & Hitler’s?” UN official denounces The Skeptical Environmentalist

Truman compared Dewey to Hitler

Michelle Malkin desccribed as the Filipina-American Hitler

Jawa Report: The Pope = Hitler

Beautiful Atrocities compared to Hitler

Rick Santorum compares Democrats to Hitler

John Glenn compares Republicans to Hitler

Martha Stewart compared to Hitler

The Gallery of Bush = Hitler Allusions

George Soros: Worse than Hitler

See also Hillary Duff is a Nazi; Compatibility of Hitler with Angelina Jolie etc.

And the internet law:

‘If you are loosing a flame-war argument online, claim the opponent is a Nazi.’



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