The recent closing ceremonies for the Beijing Olympics were spectacular, as was everything associated with the 2008 Games. The Olympics gave the world a two-week opportunity to conveniently forget that the host nation is governed by a system that allows few freedoms to its citizens.

Free nations that trade with an increasingly wealthy China are becoming more and more reluctant to publicly denounce what a few years ago would have been a clear target: an oppressive government that has control of over a billion of the world's residents.

Now that the propaganda of the Games has ended, we must call on all free nations to again pressure the Chinese government to reform its ways.

Hannah Heninger

Sandy