Should We Boycott The 2008 Olympics?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Social Programs, Sports, The World

What’s sad is that following seems to be yet another example of China being China. They make no apologies for the crazy stuff that they do, and we keep buying their crap because they can make things for us cheaply.

So where’s it gonna stop?

From Press Esc:

The Chinese authorities are forcibly evicting 1.5 million people from their homes in Beijing without compensating them to make way for the Olympics leaving many displaced former residents homeless, the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions revealed this week.

According to the Geneva based rights group’s field research, based on Chinese government statements and documents, by April 2007, at least 1.25 million people have already been displaced as a result of urban development linked to the Olympic Games, and unknown numbers of these people were forcibly evicted.

COHRE reported that at least a further 250,000 people are expected to be displaced in the final year before the Olympic Games, resulting in a total of 1.5 million people being displaced in Beijing by August 2008 due to Olympics related development.

Unconscionable. And I find the cartoon above to be sadly fitting.

But dollars to donuts, I bet we’re going to participate in 2008. We shouldn’t, but I bet we will.


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10 Responses to “Should We Boycott The 2008 Olympics?”

  1. Jimmy the Dhimmi Says:

    I’m not sure about 2008, but we definitely need to boycott the 2012 olympics in London. It is apparently just another Jewish conspiracy to control the world (click the link). The Zionist’s tentacles are everywhere!!

  2. G Says:

    http://en.epochtimes.com/news/6-4-24/40788.html

    Falun Gong practitioners are being systematically killed for their organs in labor and concentration camps across China. This is the message that Dr. Wenyi Wang wanted the world to know when she broke protocol and stopped Hu Jintao’s speech at the White House on April 20. While the world’s media has focused on her act of civil disobedience, the accumulating evidence pointing towards atrocities, which led Wang to her desperate act, has thus far been largely ignored – with a few significant exceptions.

  3. conservative Says:

    Rather than quit before trying, why don’t Americans go, and go there to win. That is a hell of a greater message than just going out the back door with the tail between the legs

  4. no olympics Says:

    Hello:

    I just launched a “no olympics” website a month ago! I am sure being a small potato, I can’t do anthing to boycott Beijing Olympics. But still we should do something about it! Out of conscience! People are suffering everywhere because of this evil regime!

    I also have a youtube group:

    http://www.youtube.com/group/olympics2008

    and a youtube account:

    http://www.youtube.com/noolympics

    and a blog:

    noolympics.blogspot.com

  5. DosPeros Says:

    Meanwhile, the City of New London, Conneticut will be holding a 2008 Olympics party for all those misplaced Chinese people with banners reading “We feel your pain” and “See, we’re not so different.”

  6. Justin Gardner Says:

    Rather than quit before trying, why don’t Americans go, and go there to win. That is a hell of a greater message than just going out the back door with the tail between the legs

    But that’s kind of the point. It’s not like we’re scared. We always win the most medals in the Olympics and have more than twice the medals of our closest competitor Russia. But just going there sends a signal to the world that we’re okay with China’s treatment of their people in order to get ready for what’s really a massive track meet and a money maker for China.

    I don’t know, it just seems wrong to me.

  7. Joshua Says:

    Is there any reason to believe a boycott of Beijing 2008 would have any more effect than the boycott of Moscow 1980 (which was right around zero)? If not, it strikes me as a purely symbolic gesture, which won’t hurt China but could backfire on the U.S. The IOC would surely frown upon any boycott, and it would probably be the kiss of death for Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Games.

  8. Jimmy the Dhimmi Says:

    Boycotting the Olympics will just recruit more terrorists. We should be more concerned about how the rest of the world thinks about us before we do something provocative.

  9. Jeremy Says:

    China is a human rights violator? Haha, yeah, and so is the U.S. China tortures people and so do we. China surveils its citizens and so do we.
    China broadcasts propaganda on their state-run television and so do we. China pollutes the f**k out of the earth and so do we. China manipulates the market and so do we. China is imperialistic and so are we. So, why shouldn’t China host the olympics? becuase of human-rights violations? haha, you’ve got to be kidding me.

  10. PatHMV Says:

    Rather than castigating the U.S., why not castigate the I.O.C. for awarding the games to such a massive violator of human rights to begin with? It’s not like this wasn’t predictable.

    If President Bush were to announce that he was pulling us out of the Olympics, of all things, he would be widely denounced for again showing a disrespect for multinational institutions.

    Besides, pulling out of the Moscow Olympics because of Afghanistan proved to be a very unproductive move.

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