Originally posted by Carreau
reply to post by FlyersFan
It's one thing for Russia to arrest it's own citizens for a crime of homosexuality. It would be an entirely different situation to arrest a foreign
athlete during the Olympics. Even countries with the majority Catholic would not support such an action. I wasn't referring to Islamic Theocracies
in regards to the international outrage.
There would be far reaching effects on Russia if they were dumb enough to do that.
So you believe that national laws should only apply to citizens of that nation?
Like it or not, all visitors to a country are required to follow the laws of that country. Russia would have to do the same. People cannot pick and
choose what laws they follow.
The law is an unjust one, sending Russia back hundreds of years, making them a laughing stock of the world and paving the way for extremism. But it
has to be applied to all, not some as and when it chooses.
The IOC cannot possibly give such a reassurance about the safety of participants and spectators. There is no way in hell the IOC is able to guarantee
the safety of people against the law of host country.
What would happen if participants and spectators held a protest during the event, like all waving rainbow flags wherever they went? It's breaking the
law of that nation. So would they be arrested or would the Russian authorities just pretend that it wasn't happening?
What if a same-sex couple participating in competition kissed during a broadcast in protest of the laws? Russian authorities would have no choice but
to arrest them. It's a law, and the IOC cannot do anything about it.
These are likely scenarios, and there are plenty of organizations who will planning to attend JUST to protest these draconian laws. So how does the
IOC expect to be able to protect people?
Three things could happen here... either Russia changes it's laws (not likely), the IOC chooses another nation to host the games (again not likely)
or Russia has to deal with the fallout from protests and the inevitable arrests that will come from it.
How will the IOC then justify their position, with potentially hundreds of people being arrested and charged with being gay? How will other nations
then deal with Russia after their nationals are arrested for being gay? How will Russia then repair the damage and embarrassment done to their
I think the IOC will go ahead, I think Russia will suggest that people will be fine, when in fact hundreds will be arrested for protesting. I also
think there will then be an international problem with governments then claiming shock and disappointment with Russia (too little too late) and Russia
will then send all those arrested home.
The IOC will still have their money, Russia will still have held the games, and the gay people arrested will have more reason to campaign against
Russia with more support from the global community.
Russia cannot win in this, and it's just going to cause them more and more embarrassment. The IOC will be exposed once again as a corrupt and morally
repugnant organization willing to ignore Human Rights abuses for profit.