The decision to hold the Olympics in China was a bad one. Everyone knows it was a bad decision and everyone is screaming about it and trying to put the torch out as it makes it’s way across the world (another bad decision), and yet, the Olympic Committee is moving forward like there’s nothing wrong and it’s just another day.
Protests greet the torch everywhere it goes (London, Paris, San Francisco), activists call for boycotts of the games, protesters climb the Golden Gate Bridge to hang signs – all sorts of uproar surround the games being held in China and the folks in charge of the Olympics still try to pretend like nothing really bad is happening. They’re acting like neighbors in an apartment building who can hear the guy upstairs beating the living hell out of his wife but turn the tv up and pretend they can’t hear it because they don’t want to get involved.
Why all the hoopla?
Well, unless you’ve been living in a box, you should know that China does some pretty nasty things to their people. Wikipedia has an article on Human Rights Violations here. They torture, maim, imprison, kill and oppress their people each and every day. It’s a Communist state, which means that the State controls everything; the media and the internet, for example. Say the wrong thing, print the wrong thing and you can find yourself imprisoned without explanation.
Tibet seems to be on most peoples minds these days as the Chinese government has been clamping down there.
What I don’t get is how the Olympic Committee could have awarded Beijing with the Olympics in the first place, let alone how they can continue on as if nothing is happening. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised. After all, we live in a world where Libya can be named chair of the United Nations Human Rights Commission.
I don’t think the President should attend the opening ceremonies and honestly, I don’t think any US athlete should attend the games either.Â We have to send a message, not only to the Chinese government, but also to the Olympic Committee.
China’s record on Human Rights Violations cannot be ignored nor swept under the carpet.