Hillary calls for an Olympics boycott?

by twit

rumor has it that this story is brewing:

EXCLUSIVE 4/7/08 11:22:13 ET: HILLARY CALLS ON BUSH TO BOYCOTT OLYMPICS OPENING... DEVELOPING...

really? on the day before the San Francisco protests? right after the disruptive protests in London and Paris?

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and I thought the Clinton campaign pretended to ditch Penn for just this kind of divisive thing…

ABC News notes:

… Clinton’s call for a boycott specifically cites China’s reaction to recent violence in Tibet and inaction in Darfur.

“The violent clashes in Tibet and the failure of the Chinese government to use its full leverage with Sudan to stop the genocide in Darfur are opportunities for Presidential leadership,” Clinton said in a written statement.

“These events underscore why I believe the Bush administration has been wrong to downplay human rights in its policy towards China. At this time, and in light of recent events, I believe President Bush should not plan on attending the opening ceremonies in Beijing, absent major changes by the Chinese government.”

… Clinton did not call for an outright boycott of the Olympics in general, targeting only the Opening Ceremony.

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11 Responses to Hillary calls for an Olympics boycott?

  1. kathrsis says:

    increasingly, hillary is like the fish just hauled out of the drink and left to flop about on the deck, poor thing. but, she does keep us entertained. i have to say that the infighting between dems and their two candidates, particularly from the clinton side, makes mud-wrestling look clean and classy.

    and k@th is doing something she rarely does–reversing position–on the olympic boycott (and not just because hills is ‘for’ it). i just sent my kid to paris on a school trip..maybe a “once-in-a-lifetime” thing…and the day all the kids are supposed to be seeing Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, etc..is the same day all the radical protesters are out scaling the Eiffel Tower hanging signs and disrupting the torch relay. this is not the impression of paris i want my kid to have! that said, i’m feeling more for those athletes who may just have one or two serious shots at a medal they’ve worked their whole lives for.

    i feel the same about china as always, and would happily protest in a non-disruptive manner, but lay off the olympics and focus on economic boycotting and other measures that will have impact long after the cleaning crews have picked up the last refuse from these games.

  2. Duffer says:

    The Olympics are not about politics, they are about dreams, about atheletes expressing themselves in a manner that Mrs Clinton could never understand, The fact that the only Olympics that the US did not compete was under another Democrat whose last name began with a C (Carter) for those of you too young to remember makes me uncomfortable that I am a Democrat.

    In two or three days she will reverse her position, and say she was misunderstood by the right wing media, but only after polling information tells her she came down on the wrong side of the issue.

  3. Anita Marie says:

    Hillary wants you to boycott the Olympics and NOT her campaign.
    Nuff said.

  4. holt0443 says:

    Duffer,
    To say that the Olympics are independent of politics is ridiculous.
    In 1936, HItler was able to show off his “superior race” to the world.
    In 1956, the Israel invasion of Egypt was boycotted along with the Soviet Union’s invasion of Budapest, Hungary.
    In 1968, 72, 76, 80, 84, there were various boycotts or incidents that revolved solely around politics.

    I do wish the Olympics didn’t involve politics, but whenever you assemble all the countries of the world in one spot, there is bound to be conflict.

    I am not pro-Clinton. But I think YOU have come down on the wrong side of the issue.

    -David Holt

  5. lestro says:

    david –
    And what did those boycotts accomplish besides preventing the athletes from competing? not a damn thing.
    the olympics may have been used as a political weapon, but that is not what the olympics are supposed to be about. they are supposed to be about people coming together to compete in peace.

    and in ’36 an american black man went into hitler’s germany and disproved his master race theory four times. if we had boycotted the nazis – who were way worse than the chinese – the world wouldn’t have seen that.

    there are other ways: STOP BUYING CHINESE MADE GOODS and vote for politicians who supports a boycott or tariffs, but leave the olympics alone. tell your congressman we should stop financing our wars on borrowed chinese money and then maybe we’d have some standing. but let the athletes compete.

    in this case, however, hillary happens to be close to being right: boycott the opening ceremonies to make a statement, but support the games.

  6. k@th says:

    david, you’re right.
    lestro, you’re right.
    “how can they both be right?”
    you’re right, also. (tweaked from an old Jewish joke, with a Rabbi providing counsel)

    The Olympics are not “about” politics. Neither are they immune from it. Period. Politics are smacked onto our ass at birth and we’ll be taking it to our graves…it’s life. It may be attractive to want to cling to only one perspective–it is, or it isn’t–in an effort to support our views on these Olympic Games, but it is really just a matter of degrees. Consider, what “triumph” would we feel about a black man defeating the “superior aryan race” were it being held in 1940 or ’44 in Germany, even if we were not at war? Could we be “blind” to the extermination, the “final solution” going on? Is it good enough to participate in events that stand for the ideal of nations at peace, while all around it genocide is taking place? My point being that, of course, politics (or insanity) can disrupt everything. I don’t think this situation currently warrants boycotting the games, and an economic boycott is the way to go for long-term impact. However, we, and these Games, are not living in a bubble separate from the policies of governments. If we think we are, then we have truly taken our soma…

    O brave new world
    that hath such people in’t

  7. gayskeleton says:

    Why?After she loses she’s going to playing in the games.Heard she has a mean shot put.

  8. John says:

    Do any of you know the history of Tibet and China? Tibet is a peaceful part of China until these terrorists led by Dali stormed the are and started killing innocent people. And what about those monks that have vowed peace in their religion, I see them swinging sticks, throwing rocks, and beating other people. I admit, Dali is doing a great job of timing to get you crazy about boycotting.

  9. justwilliams says:

    I have no views on Hilary Clinton but if she wants a boycott of the opening ceremony (whatever her motives) then I agree but it would be onl;y a start.
    It is totally unacceptable that the ambitions of sports people, even Olympic sports people, should take precedence over basic human rights and, indeed, human lives – and it is human lives that are being lost in Tibet, Darfur and elsewhere. We all, our leaders especially, have to have the guts to stop making excuses and silly arguments: to recognise right from wrong: and to speak and act accordingly. We should have ther guts to boycott the Chinese games, nothing less.

  10. lestro says:

    john –
    actually, pre-Chinese, Tibet was a Theocracy in which a small number of monks and aristocrats ruled over a whole mess of serfs who were bound to the land, middle ages style. in fact, the main thing the monks are protesting is the chinese re-distribution of land and (relative) freedom of the serfs. it’s a rebellion of the aristocracy…

    just-
    i agree we have to have “the guts to stop making silly excuses,” but maybe we should be doing that in our foreign policy and economic policy instead of using the olympics. if you really cared, you wouldn’t just be jumping on this little fad’s bandwagon; you’d never buy another product made in china until they change they ways or only vote for candidates who support tougher trade policies to China, but that’s not going to happen because it’s easier to say “olympics bad” instead of make the hard choices necessary to actually affect the political change you seem to support.
    human life should be worth more than child-made sneakers, lead-tainted toys and poisoned prescriptions that save a couple of cents.

    boycotting the olympics, as history has shown us, accomplishes nothing, but tariffs and/or boycotts of chinese goods and/or revocation of most favored nation status at the very least could make an actual difference. why not call for that instead?
    don’t just take the easy way out and ruin the lives of hundreds of olympians. if you really care, do something useful about it. the olympics are a symbol of peace.
    and even without the US, the olympics will go on and China’s resolve will only harden further and nothing will change.

  11. Ah, ah, ah ah, Hillary !

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