The People’s Republic of China

The images they showed us in school of the warlike Russians and their tanks and planes massed in Red Square are linked, for me, with our excursions out into the halls to crouch on the floor with our arms over our heads, and with one of those drills inexplicably scheduled during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

The opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics brought me back to those drills. There is something profoundly terrifying about the People’s Republic of China (a rather ironic name, when you think about it), embodied in these pictures. What will they be making their people do in another sixty years?

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