As a newspaper columnist for many years, I have had ample opportunities to reflect on the Olympic Games and their significance in the overall scheme of things, but never in my wildest dreams did I imagine what is happening regarding the Olympic Torch Relay.
The torch to me is a symbol of peace and a willingness to let go of petty differences, and not so petty differences, between nations and peoples to celebrate the achievements of great athletes from across the world. This year the symbol is tainted by protests that have gotten so violent that athletes have not been able to run, and many people have been arrested in London and Paris.
I agree that China’s record on human rights stinks, and I also agree that the International Olympic Committee could have picked a better site for the 2008 Summer Games than Beijing. What I don’t agree with is using violent protests to make a statement.
Even the Dalai Lama has asked people to stop the violent protests.
And for the sake of the games and the athletes who have been training for years for this opportunity to compete, I don’t think anyone should boycott the Summer Olympics. Politics has no place in the Olympics. It says so right in the Olympic Charter
So let’s find another way to let China know how much we deplore some of the government’s actions, especially in Tibet, and let the athletes have their day.
2 thoughts on “Let The Games Begin”
There’s something fishy going on with Blogger or Bloglines. When your post came through my Bloglines RSS reader, every single place name was blanked out (London, Paris, China, Beijing, and Tibet). It made it look like your post was full of holes. Very weird. I’ve never seen that before, but it looks like there is some filtering software in operation somewhere. I don’t know if it would be with Blogger’s RSS feed or with Bloglines’ reader. I suspect the latter. Looks like poorly-executed automated censorship to me.
As for your post itself, I agree with you completely. The current situation with the torch is very sad and against the whole spirit of the Olympics.
Anj, the blog reads fine on the Internet, but I don’t know how different it is for RSS feed. I don’t even know what that is, technical dinosaur that I am. 🙂
BTW, I love the pictures of your cat and your “monsters.”