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So, does it go uphill or downhill from here?
Posted by: McQ on Saturday, August 09, 2008

Day one, the Olympiad in China begins and what grabs the headlines?
A relative of the US men's volleyball coach has been killed and another family member seriously injured in an attack in Beijing, the US Olympic Committee has said in a statement.

The man killed was a US citizen and the injured victim was an American woman, Beijing police said in a statement.

The two family members were stabbed during the attack by what local law enforcement authorities have indicated was a lone assailant, the statement said.
My condolences to the coach and his family.

I wouldn't have to guess hard to guess this isn't the way China would initially have the games begin. It automatically throws a pall on the games, and, being a hot story which happens at the beginning of the games, something I'd guess the western media will worry to death. I have to wonder how Chinese officials will deal with something that, in any other time, they could politely stonewall.

The reason for the attack? That's hard to fathom. I would guess it wasn't robbery:
After the attack, the assailant then committed suicide by jumping off the second story of the monument.
A Chinese news agency has identified that assailant as Tang Yongming, a 47-year-old man from the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou.

This is despite a security force of 150,000. Estimates say approximately 450,000 tourists will visit China. Let's see how they play this.
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I mentioned this to my father, and he was actually quite surprised... Violent crime (which is to say, the stuff done by groups not the Chinese Government) is very low.

Insanely low.

So he figures this was some uber-nut who was trying to make a point by killing an American, and not some random street crime.
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1.2 billion people will produce plenty of ubernuts even if the percent is low. And there is a fair amount of crime in China - I’ve personally seen a purse snatching (actually snatching a necklace off a woman!) there.
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The victim, Todd Bachman, was CEO of the large local floral/garden stores here in the Twin Cities, MN: Bachman’s. Bachman’s was also the developer of the Dept. 56 line, which it subsequently spun off. He was the 3rd generation of the enterprise.
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This will turn out to be the work of muslim religious extremists.
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And there is a fair amount of crime in China - I’ve personally seen a purse snatching (actually snatching a necklace off a woman!) there.
Dad saw a guy get nabbed for just such a crime his first trip to China. His guide made dad keep walking, and told him to not turn around no matter what.

While we wouldn’t swear by it in court, he thought he heard a gunshot from the alley the crook get nabbed in.

I didn’t mean to say there was NO crime, just very little VIOLENT crime (assaults and murder).
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I didn’t mean to say there was NO crime, just very little VIOLENT crime (assaults and murder).
I suspect a much higher level of violent crime then you think . . . .
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