Nobody seems to be saying this outright yet, so I’ll say it for all of us that are thinking it:
Let’s boycott the Beijing Olympics.
I know that it would be a huge disappointment for all those athletes that are training so hard in order to compete at the highest level. And I know that, in most cases, people devote their lives to the pursuit of their sport. And I certainly know how enjoyable it is to watch these people perform at the very limit of human capability. But I can wait another 4 years, and I would hope that those athletes that could not do the same would at least understand that we are doing this for a higher purpose.
The Olympics is a feel-good endeavour for the planet, so let’s not contribute to the glory of a nation that sees fit to trample its own people’s rights beneath the boots of their soldiers.
We also know that Tibet is currently going through mass unrest and that scores of people have been killed for what we in the West would merely consider to be their opinion. And I believe that any reasonable persons among us would want it stopped immediately.
The IOC should never have awarded an Olympics to a nation with such a poor track record of treatment of its’ own people. None of us should seek to bring international prestige to China, and by boycotting their Olympics we can serve them a strong rebuke that they could not possibly sweep under the rug.
So I say that Canada, as a defender of Basic Human Rights, should boycott the Beijing Olympics and urge other nations to do the same.