Newsom Kowtows to Chinese Olympic Officials?

Kowtow, rooted in the chinese language, Beijing, in the early 19th century.

1. “to show obsequious deference: FAWN; 2. to kneel and touch the forehead to the ground in token of homage, worship, or deep respect

One can never be sure if perception is reality, but the Mayor has certainly disappointed a large group of people who turned out to see the Olympic Torch pass through SF. It did pass through the city, and for all we know it could still be out there. But it is being hidden. There is some symbolism in there, I’m sure.

We will be told that it was done for the safety of the runners and the citizens who turned out to see it. Of course, this will only remain as the Mayors rationalization. One would think that with what seemed like the ENTIRE SFPD on hand along with Chinese security, that the route could be secured? The SFPD are the nations foremost experts on riot control, but they weren’t ready for this?

The Mayor and the rest of his organization are cowards today. Or worse, they kowtowed to the Chinese to create a false perception of the Torch Run through SF today.


UPDATE, 4:10 PM: The closing ceremony has officially been cancelled. Reported by the SF Gate.


More posting including pictures and some video from the original starting point of the run upcoming…

3 Comments so far

  1. Udayan Tripathi (udayan) on April 11th, 2008 @ 8:30 am

    I don’t think they kowtowed to China so much as were leaned on very heavily by the State Department and FBI. Those federal organizations are responsible for diplomatic relations, and China’s skittishness over protests probably ended with the ever-changing route. So, the problem doesn’t stop at Gavin Newsom, but all the way to Condi et al. in D.C.

    Whether the mayor was right in doing their bidding is tough to answer, because he may not have had any choice in the matter.

  2. Richard Ault (richard) on April 11th, 2008 @ 9:34 am

    Great point Udayan, I considered that after I wrote this. I’m glad you brought it up as it’s almost certainly the case, although the Title could read, Newsom kowtows to State Department who kowtows to the Chinese government.

  3. Udayan Tripathi (udayan) on April 11th, 2008 @ 9:52 am

    Yeah, well, it still blows. SF is in America after all and the right to assemble and protest were enshrined most recently today on a gigantic marble tablet in D.C.:

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