Reconciliation after disasters

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Foreign audiences, especially in the West, are empathizing with the Chinese perhaps more than any at time since democracy demonstrators occupied Tiananmen Square 19 years ago. At the same time, the quake’s devastation has diminished the importance for Chinese of Olympics in August and the accolades from abroad that a spectacular Games was supposed to bring.

The rancor seems to be slipping away. We hope this will be the year of the “Reconciliation Olympic Games.”

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