Let me begin by saying that I am of the opinion that China should never have been awarded the Olympics.
Many things about China upset me. Probably too many to list here, for it would bore you and you would go away to read a post about a toddler who said something funny. Ok, well how about the oppression and imprisonment of dissidents? Or the occupation of Tibet? The artificially low yen? The lack of freedom of expression and access to information? The exploitation of their people as a source of cheap labor?
Yeah, those things. I couldn't help myself, sorry.
I sort of understand the people who say, "Oh well, this will really put the spotlight on China and this will just speed up the inevitable opening of their society."
But, I call BS on that one.
It's actually kind of like when you are dealing with a toddler. Do you reward them with ice cream when they have just hit their baby sister in the head?
Of course you don't.
Because that would be positive reinforcement, so they would have zero incentive not to continue said bad behavior.
While that may be oversimplifying the China situation, I think it has some merit.
Why would they feel the need to change their society and government when they did all the things I listed above and still got what they wanted? Where is the incentive for change?
When I heard about the recent happenings in Europe dealing with the Olympic Torch, I was proud that people were exercising their right to protest, something no Chinese would ever be allowed to do. Oh well, maybe they could protest, but then they would be shot or put on a hit list, hunted down, and just "disappear."
Some say that the Olympics should rise above "petty politics," that it should be treated as something greater than the situation in China.
What is the greater issue here?
Sports or the oppression of a people?
The world needs some more protesting, methinks.