Stuart A B asked in SportsOlympics · 1 decade ago

2008 Olympics in China - The Genocide Games - Should nations boycott the games?

In view of China's ongoing persecution of racial, political and religious minorities, should all right-thinking, free and democratic nations boycott the Beijing games in 2008?

see http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/comment-noon...

http://www.amnesty.ca/take_action/actions/china_ui...

http://www.savetibet.org/news/newsitem.php?id=672

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    Anyone with a computer can put together a web page.

    Here are facts, not partisan BS, or old stories put together as current, slander, assumptions and outright lying.

    Fact:

    China has stated that they will not attack any sovereign nation.

    Fact:

    China does not invade and occupy other countries

    Fact:

    Tibet has a historical link to China and it was wanted back by emperors to finally Mao in 1950. Since then the Tibet people have more say in its countries internal affairs then anytime in its history. Before it was pretty much a monarchy type dictatorship. That the story about China choosing the living Buddha for them was taken out of context and smeared across the news in the states, when in fact it is the Tibet people who choose, the only approval comes from the government to make sure that the chosen living Buddhas are not internal trouble makers. Further, China recently completed passenger rail service to Tibet and is encouraging the world and the China people to visit.

    Fact:

    Taiwan was a province prior to Mao taking over and China wants it back under the one country, two government concept, exactly like Hong Kong.

    Fact:

    China has little military experience. The last time China invaded another country was post our involvement in Vietnam in the late 70's when they were giving China a lot of trouble on their southern border and China finally, after repeated warnings got fed up, invaded and left a month later with a firm warning that if they didn't stop, they'd be back, but next time it would be worse. Seems to have worked.

    Fact:

    China is modernizing its military because now they can afford too because their economy has improved to the point that they will no longer have to rob from the people to do so. Also, China two years ago said it would reduce its active military force by 1 million and met that goal a year ago.

    Fact:

    When China was hit by a series of devistating floods a year ago, they promised the people all the homes that were destroyed would be rebuilt by Feb of this year. These were brick and mortar homes that are common in China. They met that goal. Now, look at New Orleans and what has happened in 3 years.

    Fact:

    China has an election system in place at the province level. The president of China is then elected by their legislative system, much like it is done all over the world.

    Fact:

    While China has a one party system, they are slowly changing that. There are multiple parties withing China, albeit they are controlled by the ruling party. However, a non party member can now hold office as high as mayor. Only a few years ago that was unheard of.

    Fact:

    China does not fit the profile of a dictatorship or totalitarian. Look up both in the dictionary then get back and prove to me otherwise.

    Fact:

    China is slowly morphing into a federal republic democratic system at their own pace. Not the pace the west demands, but rather at a pace they feel is good for their country.

    Fact:

    China is not communistic since that is the polar opposite of Capitalism. Nor are they socialistic since China has a huge free market system. Doubt it, look it up in the dictionary and prove to me otherwise.

    Fact:

    China exports 21% of its products to us, the other 78% to the rest of the world. We export 5.3% of our exports to them but depend on them for 15.9% of our imports.

    Fact:

    China has a lower incarceration rate the the USA

    Fact:

    China has religious freedom.

    Fact:

    I have found, after living here among the young to old, that the Chinese people are surprisingly apathetic and most are striving to get to the American middle class dream.

    Fact:

    I am an ex pat from the USA and live in the heart of China. Like all of you I believed the crap till I came here and saw first hand what it is really like here. I sure as hell wouldn't be living here if I knew what most of you say about China was true.

    Fact:

    What most people know of China would fit in a thimble, what most people THINK they know would fit in a barrel.

    Fact:

    China is little of what you think she is and much of what you want her to be.

    Fact:

    If any country was going to fit the genocide profile, it certainly would not be China, but rather the USA would be a better candidate considering our two bogus wars and the mass death that has resulted.

    Before we condemn other countries in our self serving "our $hit doesn't stink, but yours does" attitude, its time we look at our own house and get that in order before we comment on others.

    Peace

    Jim

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    Source(s): http://www.cia.gov http://www.china.org.cn There you can find out information on their culture to their system of government, to what they are doing currently with their military. .
  • 1 decade ago

    I think those nations should attend the games, although I agree that China has a lot of blood on its hands. Here's why:

    Access to non-official points of view is often impossible inside China. The games provide a great opportunity for Chinese people to see and talk with people from around the world.

    The games are going to happen with or without some countries' attendance. Therefore, the negative impact of a boycott is minimal. It might make you feel better, but it will do nothing but reinforce China's internal hegemony.

    Lastly, we tried a boycott before, against the USSR. Didn't do anything, from what I remember, except break the hearts of American athletes.

  • 1 decade ago

    Every nation invited should show up to the 2008 Olympics in China. The Athletes should train really hard so that they may win and put it in the communist nations face, much like Jesse Owens did to Hitler during the Olympics in Berlin.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes it is! China hosting the Olympics is the same as the Nazi hosting them in 1936.

    It is nothing but a huge propaganda excercise on their part.

    They have displaced hundreds of thousands from their homes to build stadiums and deny their citizens the right to democracy.

    Worst of all, they are godless atheist! They don't teach their kids about the Bible and God!

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  • 1 decade ago

    no, they are no worse than other countrys out there its just that most of the big media are american owned and they have decided the bad press at this moment in time is headed chinas way.

    i come on here to answer sports questions p1ss off and hug a tree somewhere else.

  • 1 decade ago

    Olympics =/= Politics

  • 1 decade ago

    NO, I do not think any country should boycott the Olympics. .

  • 1 decade ago

    You been to China? Do you know what 'propaganda' means? Shut up and go back to your bar.

  • 1 decade ago

    No, but the IOC should never have allowed it.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Your american patriotism is pathetic

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