One of my desires for US involvement in the games has come true. . . President Bush did come out against China's human rights record.
The Chinese responded with a quick "butt out", which was nice. :(
Also, the Chinese did not let an athlete from the "nation of Darfur" into the country. He was an American citizen and was denied his visa upon entering the country. He is part of a group trying to bring attention to the international stage about the plight of Darfur, Sudan.
The truth is this. . . . . . . China has a TERRIBLE human rights record, and just because they've "improved" since gaining the Olympic Games does not mean that they should be embraced with open arms.
They squash dissent in tChina. . . . from the Tibetan protesters, all the way to an athlete wishing to stand up for Darfur (there have been allegations that the Chinese are in cahoots with the oppressors in Darfur).
So, I'm not a fan of the Chinese government,. . .and I don't see why we're all walking on eggshells around them. Financial superiority does not mean moral superiority, and we should call a spade a spade.
I'll be watching the games, and I'll be rooting for the USA. But, I do hope that some form of protest and/or non-violent issue disrupts the games so that the world can see what is going on.
ps. pray for our Christian brothers and sisters in China who secretly practice their faith under this oppresive regime. They are true heroes of the faith.