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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Hiding Behind Words

Something is making me gag, and it's not the air pollution in Beijing. Have you heard the latest buzz words that the communist dictators of China are hiding behind? Olympic Spirit; get used to it, it's all you're going to hear between now and the close of the games.
"Linking the Darfur issue to the Olympic Games will not help to resolve this issue and is not in line with the Olympic Spirit that separates sports from politics," BOCOG said.

China is on the defensive against critics using the Games to spotlight the communist regime's curbs on human rights, press freedoms, and religion.

"It is understandable if some people do not understand the Chinese government policy on Darfur," Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said. "But I am afraid that some people may have ulterior motives, and this we cannot accept."
Now, I don't necessarily expect the Chinese to solve the crisis in Darfur on their own. After all the United States has been woefully absent on the issue as well. But everyone, including Beijing, could put a lot more pressure on the Islamic government in Khartoum. For me it's more a matter of the barbaric offenses against human rights in the People's Republic. The Olympics should be above politics, okay I can accept that; but above human rights? No.

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