The Olympics is a celebration of sports, and a gathering of the world's best athletes, that serves to better bridge the different cultures and people and unite the world. However, it should not be used as a political tool.
I normally and frequently give heavy and harsh criticism of the Communist Chinese Government and I support freedom for the Tibetan people. But the Olympics is not the proper avenue for this cause. Babies being slaughtered is somewhat of an exaggeration, but yes, there is much bloodshed, torture, and suppression of human rights (I have first hand knowledge of these atrocities).
I for one believe that China will learn from these Olympic games and will take a step forward towards progress. Or at least we can only hope.
Let me make clear that I do not in any way defend the actions of the CCP. I have family who have been tortured and/or killed, hundreds of acres of land taken away from my family, my Tibetan Buddhist Master imprisoned, and I've represented numerous Chinese political asylum applicants. You must understand that the people currently in power of the CCP were brainwashed by communist propaganda for over half a century, and change will be slow to come by. If anyone thinks that taking away the Olympic games will help the Tibetan cause or improve human rights, well that person is misinformed. The CCP will view the critics of the Olympic games as irrational and unfairly using a "sporting event" for political gain. If anything, the CCP will take a defensive stance and isolate Tibet even more, playing the role of the victim in their warped minds. Real change will come from the next young generation that will take power in the next few decades. Change will take this long because those who do oppose the Communist Party will simply disappear, never to be heard from again. Whenever I read about the protests against the Olympic torch relay, I can only shake my head and hope that the younger generation does not think that China is losing "face" and join alliances with the old gaurd, thus extending the reign of the Communist Party. Boycott will not help, rather dialogue and interaction would be the better strategy.
I know my answer is the unpopular one, but I am merely giving a realistic view of how things stand in China, in my humble opinion. Ideally, even the Chinese people would feel that change is not happening fast enough.
Thank you Human, I respect you and your views. Our opinions are different, but you do have valid points