If the U.S. refuses to participate, that sends a powerful message. If we refused to participate when the 1980 games were in Moscow because we did not like the Communist agenda, shouldn't we boycott a country that shoots its monks and tortures its journalists?
This won't happen for a number of realpolitik reasons, so is the burden now on me? If I don't watch, how will this free Tibet? Beijing is not going to say “Wow, viewership is way down and our advertisers are getting nervous – we ought to grant Tibet autonomy.”
Watch the Olympics, but keep the Tibet issue visible. Let's figure out why the UN and the US have been so slow to address it. After the games are over, the issue should not return to being the sole property of Richard Gere and the Beastie Boys.]]>
The Olympics should remain non-political, concentrate on 'fair' competition and respect for the athletes. In my opinion, the Olympics could represent the ideal world model, where one person from a different culture/religion/etc. can stand beside one another with respect, admiration and/or resolve their differences through non-lethal, competitive sport. I guess we'll just have to wait and see…]]>