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  1. “… the brutality of the Chinese regime.”

    I agree.

    Reading this, though, it struck me that we lost the moral high ground with China and most other countries a long time ago. We can’t really say anything about anyone’s brutality.

    China invaded a sovereign nation, overthrew the government, and occupied its territory. There’s a lack of human rights — no due process, no habeus corpus, torture.

    And American did — and does — the same damn thing.

    Protestors about the Olympics, Tibet is in the news again and it’s 2008 and Gitmo is still open for business.

  2. I think you are exactly right about why the notion of boycotting the Olympics, although well-intentioned, is wrong. China is not well understood by most Americans (or by a goodly portion of the rest of the world, either). Seeing it will help. More importantly, allowing the Chinese to see more of the rest of the world will ultimately bring about more change than isolation could ever accomplish.

  3. Actually that sounds about right considering the history of the Olympic Torch: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7330949.stm

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