Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Gunny, Apr 7, 2008.
I'm not sure whether or not I agree with this. What does it accomplish?
Bad publicity for the evildoers.
It's a protest China's actions without impacting our atheletes.
Okay. What does the bad publicity accomplish? Who doesn't know already about China's abuses in Tibet that would only find out by boycotting the opening ceremonies?
Carter boycotted the entire 1980 Summer Olympics. The only thing it accomplished was the USSR boycotting the 1984 Olympics.
The Olympic Games are supposed to be non-political.
China should be held accountable for its action in Tibet at the international level, IMO. However, I suspect words and/or boycotts will have the same effect they have on Iran. The international community will just get the finger.
I don't really have a problem with Bush doing it ... IF it's actually going to accomplish something.
um and not to even mention that they're POISONING US...................but hey what's a little poison amoungst nations eh????????
What are you talking about?
I think he's talking about China putting lead in our kids' toys.
just the tip of the iceberg...
Tainted Products Continue to Flow out of China Thursday, May 31, 2007 ...
ASHINGTONU.S. consumers should avoid any toothpaste made in China after the discovery of products containing a poisonous chemical, federal health officials said Friday, sparking more concern about Chinese consumer goods.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the warning after toothpaste containing diethylene glycol, or DEG, was detected in a shipment seized at the border and in products sold at two stores. DEG, also known as diglycol or diglycol stearate, is used in solvents and antifreeze.
Just noticed your response for the first time. So you think this is a protest that doesn't impact our athletes?
I think it does. The reason is because the opening ceremonies are part of the games. Not the actual competitive events, but still part of the Olympic Games. It kind of throws a damp rag on it, and it IS involving politics in the games.
My opinion is if we are going to boycott, then boycott the games altogether or not at all. I refer you to my previous post as far as questioning what boycotting will actually accomplish.
There have always been politics in the games, even though we'd like ideally for there not to be. Think about it, Jesse Owens in Germany at the height of Hitler's nazi movement; the boycott in 1980 (stupidest thing ever), the murders of the Israeli atheletes in Munich... even the judging of things like ice skating and other subjective scoring.
FWIW, I don't like the idea of a total boycott because I still remember Kurt Thomas never being able to get his Olympics in 1980. After that, his back was trashed and he never got to go in 1984. I felt terrible for him.
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