The Olympic Games is the one event that brings the entire world together in peaceful competition. For two weeks every four years the whole world seems a brighter place. People smile more, they laugh more and they get the feeling that, despite all the earths troubles, things will be ok.
The only thing that can spoil that feeling of well being are protesters determined to get themselves some limelight. All these fools chasing down the Olympic torch bearers, trying to put out the flame and etc, are missing the very point of the games. That is to say, the Olympic flame stands for hope – and you idiots are trying to put it out.
I was out there on June 4th 1989when China ran over their own people with tanks in the Tiananmen Square masacre and I remember the hollow feeling I had inside and the sting of fear that accompanied it. I was disgusted when China was awarded the games but I remember thinking that the Olympics has always been a force for good and so maybe, it could bring about a change in China. And it has done to a certain extent.
Of course, the big issue at the moment is the occupation of Tibet. And yes, I agree, it is a horrendous situation. But taking it out on the Olympic torch is hardly going to change anything. Where were all you wannabe protesters when China was the favorite to host the games? Where were you when they were awarded them?
Not outside the IOC headquarters in Lausanne I’ll wager. No of course not. And not in China either.
But now that there’s the chance to get your face in the paper, now that there’s a chance to make your point outside of peaceful protest, you all come out of the woodwork. Why is that I wonder? Would you still be there if there weren’t any cameras to capture your big moment? I doubt it.
Politics and sport do not (and should never) mix. China has been in Tibet for a very long time and yet only now, with the focus on the wonder that is the Olympics, do the protesters choose to surface. You should be ashamed of yourselves.
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