Friday, July 4, 2008

Huh?

Does anyone else wonder why President Bush "announced" that he's going to attend the Olympic opening ceremonies in Beijing?

I guess I'm the only one who cares. But, China should not be given a free pass on their human rights/religious abuses (among many others). Even the Dalai Lama (you know, the leader of Tibet, who must lead in exile because of the communist Chinese goverment) says that he wants to attend as well.

Huh?

I know that boycotting the Opening ceremonies and other presentational methods of dissent are rarely effective. But, in this case, the world's eyes are concentrated on Beijing for two weeks, so why not make a statement? Why not at least express your displeasure with the government and yet support your athletes?
I'm sure that we can find some video of human rights abuses by the Chinese Government that we could "release" at the appropriate time.

Beyond being wimps and pandering for financial advantage, someone needs to tell me why no one is standing up and calling a spade a spade in this case. President Bush is supposed to be the uber-conservative, christian, against the grain president, right??

We need a little of that right now.


Aaron

1 comment:

pmoffitt said...

You are not the only one who cares.....
I keep mulling over our position with China and, perhaps wrongly, think we are turning a blind eye to innumerable human rights, personal freedoms and political violations in deference to their having embraced the more material aspects of capitalism. Shame. And the future might show that the error of this more than slightly immoral oversight may be greater than seems to be contemplated. I don't hear anyone, "liberal" or "conservative" discussing this -as if it will all go away in the warm fuzzy good will of the Olympics hosted in a place that is not so full of good will....