The other morning I woke up to the headlines “ Boycotting Olympics Would Be Unfair to Us, athletes say”
Protestors are being shot, people are being arrested, and current counts have almost 100 civilians being killed, but you might not be able to show off the hundreds of thousands of dollars your parents have sunk into you. I can see how the two even out.
The article quotes Charmaine Crooks, a member of Vanoc’s board of Directors, who missed competing in the 1980 Moscow Olympics, because of the worldwide boycotts against Russia’s Afghanistan invasion.
“I was a victim of boycotts in the past, and I know how it affected athletes and still does.”
A victim? I choked on my coffee.
Being jailed and tortured for expressing your opinion makes you a victim. Having your home and possessions stolen from you makes you a victim. Losing the opportunity to travel to Moscow to live out a dream is certainly a bummer, but it does not make anyone a victim.
The article goes on to pull out Snowboarder Alexa Loo, who after being raised in a safe, free society, doesn’t think a boycott is appropriate because Canada has its problems too.
“It’s always troubling when people are treated badly and when there is bad things happening. But it’s just as troubling to know we have disenfranchised people in our Downtown Eastside that we’re not looking after.”
Forgive me if I’m mistaken, but the last time I checked, the Canadian government hasn’t rolled the tanks in. Comparing the Downtown Eastside (or anything in Canada for that matter) to what is happening in Tibet just shows how little appreciation these people have for the Tibetan situation, or their own.
The Downtown Eastside is a disgrace by any social standards, but at least we’re allowed to write about the Downtown Eastside, we’re allowed to talk about it, and we’re allowed to protest anytime we want.
U.S. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, said it eloquently when she said:
“If freedom-loving people throughout the world do not speak out against China and the Chinese in Tibet, we have lost all moral authority to speak out on human rights.”
This is why we must boycott the Beijing Olympics. If our Canadian athletes go marching on in, waving the Maple Leaf, we’re telling China that it’s o.k. We’re telling them that they can do whatever they want, and we’ll all pretend it’s not happening, because we want a chance to win some shiny gold medals, and we want a chance to have a big pile of yen in our pockets.
That’s not how I want Canada to be recognized.
Support Tibetans, Support a Boycott