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Beijing Olympics Mascots Crosshairs

Momentum is building to put pressure on China over its ‘involvement’ in Sudan. Stephen Spielberg has resigned as artistic director for the Beijing Olympic Games in protest at China’s support for the Sudan government. Now, an open letter, signed by Nobel Peace Prize winners, politicians, Olympic medalists and entertainers, criticises China’s President Hu Jintao for not taking action to prevent atrocities in Darfur.

“As the primary economic, military and political partner of the government of Sudan…China has both the opportunity and the responsibility to contribute to a just peace in Darfur.

“Ongoing failure to rise to this responsibility amounts, in our view, to support for a government that continues to carry out atrocities against its own people.”

Words are flying back and forth, but so far nobody has talked about a boycott of the Beijing Games. Just to get the ball rolling, I am declaring myself unavailable for selection for the Great Britain team for any of the sports which I play to an international standard. If that doesn’t get their attention, nothing will.

Meanwhile, the leader of the free world refuses to consider the idea of a boycott. George Bush has confirmed he will be accepting the Chinese invitation to attend the ‘Genocide Games’, saying that as far as he’s confirmed it’s “just a sporting event”. No, Mr President, international sport is all about politics, and this is the most politically-charged Games since Moscow 1980. To quote George Orwell:

“Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play, it is bound up with hatred and jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all the rules and sadistic pleasure in unnecessary violence. In other words it is war minus the shooting.”

Mr Bush should feel right at home. Apart from that bit about the shooting.


Written by Pete Smith

February 14, 2008 at 5:18 pm

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  1. I sent a comment to this post last night but it doesn’t seem to have arrived.

    Great post anyway Pete. George Bush is so fickle. This is just another expample of the President and his double standards. He calls Darfur a genocide and he’s fully aware of China’s complicity but he shrugs his shoulders like a baby and says he’s going anyway.

    He hasn’t got a moral fibre in his entire body. He could send a powerful message to the Chinese government by refusing to attend the Olympics unless they meet certain humanitarian demands but no, he won’t miss the show for anyone or anything.

    He consistently fails to uphold the freedoms and beliefs that his own country values so much.


    February 16, 2008 at 9:31 am

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