I find it interesting that people are suggesting that the Georgian move on South Ossetia a few days ago occurred when it did because the Olympics are on and no one would notice because they would all be watching the sports. Meanwhile, at this particular moment, the highest ranking story regarding the Olympics on the BBC news feed is 15th in line. It seems to me that this year’s Olympics are not exactly the hottest thing going. There are probably a few reasons for that.
In any event, “Why boycott the Olympics?” you say?
Well, if I was a country, I would be unlikely to boycott the Olympics. I have disagreed with most Olympic boycotts in the past. The Olympics should be seen as a way for disparate views to be put aside in the international arena of politics to celebrate and engage in the one-ness that certain endeavors, such as sports, science, and literature, provide us.
This does not mean that all Olympic boycotts are bad. There will always be a certain amount of gray area in this regard.
But that is about countries sending or not sending their athletes to the Olympics. This blog, however, could boycott the Olympics without ruining our chances of world peace. But why?
Because it is in China, which was a really insenstiive, dumb decision on the part of the Olympic Commitee.
Because the Olympic Committee has so far rejected any African country as a site for the Olympics, which I view as Euro-centric racism.
Because it is boring.
Because to really see the Olympics you need to be special, to have expensive cable hookups, etc.
Oh, by the way, did you hear the US Women’s team creamed the Chinese? (Regarding the men’s completion, I watched a bit of it at the cabin, where people were wandering in and out, glancing at the TV, and all saying nearly the same thing: “Oh, the Globe Trotters went to the Olympics I see….” or words to that effect.)