Art Vandelay wrote:mweir145 wrote:Politics should NOT be tied with sports.
Unfortunately, we're not dealing with "shoulds" here. Politics are intrinsically knotted with sports, especially the Olympics.
You may not be dealing with "shoulds," but I am.
I reject the notion that what is going on between China and Tibet is stupid and I reject the notion that boycotting the games in China would be an empty gesture, so I really don't know how I can answer your question other than to say that I'd still feel better than the people who have been killed in Tibet.
No Art, you misinterpreted what I said. Boycotts, in all shapes and forms, are stupid and completely WORTHLESS. The China/Tibet situatio, on the other hand, is not.
The US rightfully speaks and acts out against humans rights violations all over the world, some would say too much, others, not enough. This is a great opportunity to put our money where our mouth is, to say to China--and the world--we know what you're doing, and until you knock it off, we're not going to have anything to do with you. Unfortunately, there's too much money involved for anyone to actually take a principled stand.
The US has been guilty of their own human rights violations throughout the world, and many would say that their war in Iraq is totally unjustified. How would we like it if a bunch of countries decided to boycott an American games for that reason?
A boycott might seem to serve some kind of purpose, but it does absolutely nothing other than make a few politicians look good. China will not stop doing what they do just because a few countries don't go to their Olympics. The Soviet Union certainly didn't.