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Originally posted by morgul
Anyone who dismisses our own actions as being acceptable for the torturing and sexual abuse of middle eastern prisoners but think another country's equally brutal actions are something to spit at is truly a heartless monster themselves.
Originally posted by morgul
It would take a very illogical mind that does not see far to simply say, "Because Tibetan monks have died, I think I won't watch the Olympics!"
They are in their 40s now, the age when people tend to start celebrating anniversaries, if only this were one to celebrate. Why would they want to remember this? Why note the anniversary of something they were prevented from doing, the anniversary of the worst moment of their athletic lives?
Said Beardsley, 44, who went on to work on Wall Street, "If it was going to do some good, then we could sacrifice. But as time went on, as we realized what little impact it had, I became angry for what the boycott did to all these people, my friends and teammates, and people in all those other countries too."
"What really hits home to me about the boycott was the Soviets didn't pull out of Afghanistan for nine years," Caulkins said. "Did it put any pressure on them? No, it was just a missed opportunity for many athletes. It just doesn't seem fair."
The Soviets and East Germans returned the favor in 1984, boycotting L.A. and lessening the competition at the 1984 Games. In a 1991 interview, Russian swimming legend Vladimir Salnikov said he still lamented not facing the Americans in Moscow in 1980, and again in L.A. in 1984. The matching boycotts robbed an entire generation of athletes on both sides of the Iron Curtain of their greatest competition on the world's grandest stage.
Just months away from the Olympics, there are now reports that some athletes may be considering a boycott of the Beijing Games.
Originally posted by Witness2008
reply to post by TheComte
Again you know what is in the minds of others. Explain this incredible gift you have of reading minds.
Champa Phuntsok, the taciturn chairman of Tibet's government, left no doubt Monday morning on whose shoulders the Communist Party places blame for the violent Tibetan protests that have become a domestic political crisis and an Olympic-year public relations nightmare: the Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, and "splittist" forces colluding to splinter China.
But to many Tibetans and their sympathizers, the unleashed fury is sad and shocking yet not a complete surprise. Tibetan anger has simmered over Chinese policies on the environment, tightening religious restrictions and a harder political line from Beijing. Ethnic tensions and economic anxiety have also sharpened as Chinese migrants have poured into Lhasa, the capital of Tibet.
"Why did the unrest take off?" asked Liu Junning, a liberal political scientist in Beijing. "I think it has something to do with the long-term policy failure of the central authorities. They failed to earn the respect of the people there."
For now, Beijing's hard line on Tibet is only likely to get harder. Military police officers are pouring into Tibetan regions to stifle new protests. Nor are the demonstrations winning sympathy in a nation that is 94 percent Han Chinese. State media have tightly controlled coverage to focus on Tibetans burning Chinese businesses or attacking and killing Chinese merchants. No mention is made of Tibetan grievances or reports that 80 or more Tibetans have died.
With less than five months before the opening of the Olympics, Beijing is acutely worried about an international backlash and is arguing that its response to the protests has been reasonable. No one mentions the bloody 1989 crackdown against pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square, but its shadow is obvious. Phuntsok said the military police and other officers were not carrying lethal weapons and had not fired a single shot - despite many witnesses reporting gunshots.
"What democratic country in the world could tolerate this violent behavior?" Phuntsok asked Monday, framing the crisis as a law-and-order issue.
Indeed young men who became rioters to use a cover of "supporting the peaceful monks", but decided to burn businesses and public properties down to Earth, worst is the killing and murdering of other ethnics Han Chinese and Muslims.
Professor Barry Sautman from Hong Kong University says economic conditions in Tibet are playing a key role.