Boycott the Olympics?

You may know by now that events leading up to the this summer’s Olympics in China is going very badly for everyone.  No one is quite sure how or why China got awarded an Olympics.  In preparation for the Olympics, and the world light being shone down on them… China headed back up the hill to Tibet and got in a good old fashioned head crackin’.  Normally, that might not be my business… but they are beating monks.  Seriously, they have been beating monks to death.  Who does that?  Well, now we know.

China used to be responsbile for 75% of the world’s human rights violation.  That was before the Bush administration and our myriad of wars.  I don’t know what the percentage is now, as I haven’t paid attention in a few years.  The point being, the Chinese government are extremely bad people.  The Chinese government is largely believed to be backing the janjaweed in Darfur.  Darfur is in genocide right now, and has been for years.  See that logo up there?  Know how they came up with it?  That is the mark a protester makes after a tank hits him.

So, today Senator Clinton called on the United States to boycott the Olympics in China.  Is that right?  Is it really a wise idea to upset a superpower like China.  Shouldn’t sports and diplomacy take the high road on such a struggle?  Can’t we all just get along? 

No.  No, we can’t.  I agree that we need to boycott the Olympics in Bejing, China.  Remember the last time we all talked about Bejing?  Yeah, it was the student masscare in Tianenmen square in 1989.  This government actually billed the families of the students they killed for the bullets used on them.  These are bad people that don’t deserve our money or our talent or Bob Costas.  I like Bob Costas, and you know what they would do to him over there?  It is a shame that diplomacy and friendly competition can’t rise above politics.  Just like Reagan boycotted the Moscow summer Olympics… this is the correct step.


4 thoughts on “Boycott the Olympics?

  1. BTW…you refered to the next winter Olympics. It is actually this year’s Summer Olympics that Bejing is holding. Thus, the protests of the torch.

    I would have to agree that we should boycott. If America has the balls to do it, then maybe other countries would do it, too. If China has only Trinidad and the Vanuatu agreeing to come this year, they will change their minds fast. They have spent billions (no doubt some earned from Sudan blood money) to prepare for the Olympics. If nobody is coming to spend money, they will change their policy at least until the Olympics are over. That would be a start and maybe they world might put pressure on China in the future. Maybe then China would stop vetoing any action by the UN in Darfur…

    However, don’t hold your breath. Bush won’t do anything unless it involves war. Bush is leaving and since he knows we would get our ass kicked in a war with China, he won’t do anything. Plus, America likes its cheap Chinese goods too much to boycott and risk losing imports. We can’t live without our cheap clothes, shoes and toys (albeit filled with lead).

    So although it is the correct step, it will never happen.

  2. Didn’t you know that Monk-beating is China’s national past-time? It’s liking taking away Baseball from Americans…There’d be some grumbling and we’d focus more on Football. Or in the case of China, Protester-squishing.

  3. I just said to John the other night, how did one of the world’s worst human rights violators get picked to host the Olympics? That’s pretty crazy! He thinks all this negative attention may illicit change. There was a story on the news the other night about a guy in China who was just sentenced to 5 years in jail for gathering signatures on a petition!

  4. How’d one of the world’s worst human rights violators get the Olympics?

    Probably the same way that well-known hotbed of human rights activism Libya got the Chairmanship of the UN Human Rights Commission…

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