Thursday, August 7, 2008

Beijing 2008

"There's an old Vulcan proverb...Only Nixon could go to China."
-Leonard Nimoy as Ambassador Spock
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

For weeks now, there's been much scuttlebutt about President Bush attending the Opening Ceremonies at the Beijing Olympics. It's been a controversial issue with many people reasoning against him going because of China's track record with human rights violations. The issue seems rather moot since the Games are tomorrow evening and Bush has been in China a few days now.

I question why the International Olympic Committee chose Beijing for the 2008 Olympic venue. Given China's policies, it seems to be the antithesis of what the Olympic Games represent. Surprisingly, I support Bush's decision to attend the Games. I can't explain it, I just think it was the right thing to do. If he (Georgie-Porgie) is sincere about making inroads with the Chinese Government, perhaps it'll do some good and have a positive effect. Then again, Bush's diplomatic policies have been suspect themselves, his entire term in Office.

What's your position? Whether you watch the Olympics or not, do you think it was wrong for Bush to attend the games? Should the US have protested and boycotted the Beijing Games like we did the Moscow Games in 1980? Does the Olympics hold any real weight to true world issues anymore, if it ever did?

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