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Old 03-24-2008, 10:58 PM   #1
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An Olympic Boycott: would it have any effect at all?

There have been calls to boycott the Olympics in recent days following the events in Tibet. There's been talk of heads of state and other officials boycotting the Opening Ceremonies, but the EU flatly rejected a full-scale boycott.

It's arguable what effect, if any, the 1980 and 1984 boycotts had on the host countries and I'm wondering if such an event would occur in 2008, would something positive come out of it? I doubt a boycott would ever happen, since many of the world's economies are intertwined with China's.

What do you guys think?
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I refuse to watch the Olympic games

Because I find it so utterly frivilous.
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Old 03-24-2008, 11:06 PM   #3
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It would be highly hypocritical to boycott them now. It isn't as if we were not always aware of their disrespect for human rights. But we are okay with it so long as we can go to Walmart to buy pencil cases for 49 cents.
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Old 03-24-2008, 11:08 PM   #4
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Hey, this laptop is made in China, damn you Steve Jobs!

But my trusty stapler is made in Sweden
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Olympic boycotts are pointless and hypocritical.
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/\ could that be somebody that remembers 1980 and 1984


I do recall when Carter told those Soviets
if you don't leave Afghanistan by XYZ we will boycott Moscow 1980 Olympics

being a young lad that hated those Commies and loved the Afghan freedom fighters, I was all gung ho on that boycott.

well, guess what

it worked, the Soviets pulled right out of Afghanistan lickedy split.

Carter was re-elected
and the Communist behaved themselves everafter
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Because I find it so utterly frivilous.


i find it the least frivilous of all sporting events.

which might not be saying much.

but damned if i don't love it that some sports other than baseball, basketball, and football get some coverage in this country.

U-S-A! U-S-A!

and all that.
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I think we forget here that, to every nation in the world, China is not an official enemy, but, instead, a legal trading partner. Official boycotts against China are probably not in our economic interests currently, as we are too intertwined with them. In some cases, they have an upper hand too, in terms of being flush with cash and a heavy investor in certain cases.

So, sorry to say, our greed over a nation of cheap trinkets and even cheaper labor has made it very difficult for us to try and take the moral high road now.
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Old 03-25-2008, 09:24 AM   #9
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All it does is screw the athletes over. I could understand the Carter boycott as the USSR was an enemy; like it or not China is not as Melon says.
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All it does is screw the athletes over.
That's how I feel too. Like others have said, it's pretty hypocritical to boycott based on the human rights thing when any other day we sit here doing nothing. It only hurts the athletes. I do NOT want a boycott for purely selfish reasons: Shawn Johnson from West Des Moines, Iowa has probably the BEST chance any American has ever had at taking the AA gold in women's gymnastics. Nastia Liukin is close behind her and will pick it up if Shawn makes one mistake. These kids train 8 hours a day, 6 days a week. They were training for the Olympics before they even knew where China is or what human rights means.
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i find it the least frivilous of all sporting events.

which might not be saying much.

but damned if i don't love it that some sports other than baseball, basketball, and football get some coverage in this country.

U-S-A! U-S-A!

and all that.
Come on Irvine, be honest, you just love it because of this:




Kidding, any excuse to post something like that

Seriously though, I agree that at this point it would be hypocritical, and I love being exposed to sporting events that never get covered here.
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that was Phelps the teen phenom of 2004.

this is Phelps the man of 2008:

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*le sigh*

Think of the masterpiece Michaelangelo could make out of that one.
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Suddenly this thread need a five star rating.
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Didnt 'the torpedo' retire ?
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