Wednesday, March 19, 2008

What a tepid age we live in....

In response to China's most recent set of repressive actions in Tibet, we have calls for an Olympic boycott. But don't worry, this isn't going to ruin the Olympic Games like the 1980 or 1984 boycotts ruined the Moscow & LA Olympic Games. No, this will be a mini-boycott.

PARIS (AP) - Moves to punish China over its handling of violence in Tibet gained momentum Tuesday, with a novel suggestion for a mini-boycott of the Beijing Olympics by VIPs at the opening ceremony....

Such an opening ceremony boycott presumably would not include the athletes, who under Olympic rules are forbidden from making any kind of protest at events or venues - including the opening ceremony. It's not mandatory that every athlete participate in the opening ceremony.

"We strongly encourage our athletes to participate in opening ceremonies," said U.S. Olympic Committee spokesman Darryl Seibel. "It is a tremendous honor to walk into the Olympic Stadium behind the flag of your nation, and to do so in a ceremony honoring and celebrating athletes from around the world."
Such thin gruel to feed the spirit....

2 comments:

reader_iam said...

Boy, it sure is a long road between "ooh, icky you" and "tear down that wall," isn't it?

Icepick said...

I know that Eastern cultures are supposed to value 'face', but somehow I doubt the guys behind the Tianemen Square crack down are going to be put off by "Eeeewwww, you've got COOTIES!" It's times like this when I miss the Soviet Union....