With recent terrorist attacks on civilians in China; and, a video promising more of the same, up to and during the Olympics; you have to wonder…are the Olympics in Beijing, China safe to attend? Will the threat of terrorist attacks weaken the support for the games?
There have been attacks on buses and on a plastics factory, allegedly by the Turkistan Islamic Party…they have claimed to be responsible for the recent attack of the bus bombings. They are promising to attack Chinese cities by “means that have never been employed” before. With the whole world watching, the temptation to use violence and fear, to control large numbers of people who would go to support the Olympic games, appears to be irresistible. The threats must be taken very seriously.
In a country that has billions of people, how will the Chinese government protect tourists, spectators, atheletes, and their coaches alike; from this threat of terrorism? And yet, making a decision to stop the Olympics would be a victory for terrorists around the world. Peaceful competition between countries around the globe, who take pride in their atheletes and their accomplishments, should be the goal of any Olympic competition.
The summer Olympics are set to start on August 8th. Those planning on attending the Olympics must be vigilant in protecting themselves to the best of their abilities. Those responsible for hosting the games must be vigilant and work with other governments to keep their surveilance, of terrorist communications, open for the slightest rumblings of activity.
We must all pray for peace and safety of those who attend the games, those who will compete in the games; and, even pray for those who would try to interfere with the Olympic games…asking God to stop those who are driven to control the world with fear and violence. So, do you think the Olympics are safe?