"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus
Do the right thing, Pres. Bush. Please boycott the 2008 “Legitimizing ChiCom Genocides” event.
This is almost as funny as “Operation Chaos”.
What a headline:
“White House does not rule out Bush missing Olympics opening”
...but what if they did accept his decision to refrain from ruling out his plans to not miss attending the ceremonies?
The totalitarians need to leave the Monks alone. Those typical murdering, freedom hating, Religion/organization fearing commies.
I always like it when Bush “leaves all options on the table”. However, in the end, I think this is gesture for paper tigers. I’d be fine if Bush decided to participate in this kind of street theater but I would certainly hope there would be a plan for some sort of follow up action the next day. Otherwise it would be about as useful as putting a “Free Tibet” bumper sticker on your car. A fine thought but is anyone really willing to make the sacrifices necessary to Free Tibet? After watching America’s short attention span with respect to fighting Islamic fundamentalism, I sincerely doubt anyone has the stones to take on China.
And...he SHOULD attend.
The Olympic Creed
“The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph, but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered, but to have fought well.”
There have been many permutations of this basic message throughout Games history, though this is the current creed which appears on the scoreboard during the Opening Ceremony. Baron de Cobertin adopted, and later quoted, this creed after hearing the Bishop of Central Pennsylvania, Ethelbert Talbot, speak at a service for Olympic athletes during the 1908 London Games.
In London for the Fifth Conference of Anglican Bishops, Talbot’s exact words at
the service on July 19, 1908 were: “The important thing in these Olympics is not so much winning as taking part.”
The whole idea of the Olympics was to bring athletes together in peace and competition. People competing against each other in the spirit of competition and friendship no matter what their Gov’s were doing.
If he doesn’t attend will the chicoms still let us buy their widgets?