Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Do Canadians have the balls to boycott the Olympics?

This evening the CBC ran what can only be considered a massive peice of pro-Chinese pro-Olympics propaganda. The situation in Tibet was only mentioned in passing; the real story, the CBC thinks, is that athletes might miss out on a once in a lifetime opportunity. Call me callous, but when a government murders 700 innocent Tibetans, whose 'crime' we should remember was desiring an end to Chinese occupation of their country, I don't give a sh*t about the athletes. If these athletes wanted to make a point, they could boycott the games in a show of solidarity with Tibet.

I hope, and I think, many Canadians will boycott the Olympics. Canadians are traditionally a people very concerned with the plight of the world's oppressed peoples, or so we say we are. Take this then as a litmus test: If Canada boycotts the games, then we can take solace in the knowledge that we don't let our affections govern our commitment to advancing international human rights.

Let's not let ourselves down.

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