China has been massively preparing for the Olympics with new stadiums, pollution laws, weather control and anti-terrorism squads.
But I really wasn't expecting the flame thrower.
The anti-aircraft missiles I can somewhat rationalize, but a flame thrower? What exactly will that be used for, except to maybe re-light the Olympic torch? I literally laughed out loud when I saw this picture.
The irony of course is that they are going to such great lengths to maintain control in what is already an extremely oppressive country. I have trouble believing that we would ever see an anti-aircraft missile battery in America for the Olympics and yet our odds for needing one are probably significantly higher due to our comparatively lax laws.
All of this reminds me of how great this is going to really be and how backwards America can perceive things. China's hosting of the Olympics should be applauded and encouraged not boycotted and belittled.
I understand they have some serious human rights violations, but it's events like this where foreigners are welcomed to their country that will ultimately lead them to democracy and freedom. Not bombs or sanctions. Interaction and communication.
Also, I'd like to plug the blog from which this picture originates. The Big Picture is really great. Apparently the LA Times has a Big Picture blog as well. Boston's is better.