Saturday, March 29, 2008

German chancellor: Beijing Boycott.

From The Guardian
The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, yesterday became the first world leader to decide not to attend the Olympics in Beijing.

As pressure built for concerted western protests to China over the crackdown in Tibet, EU leaders prepared to discuss the crisis for the first time today, amid a rift over whether to boycott the Olympics.
I think she may be a leader on this one. China, who thumbs their noses at the world, should be called out for their treatment of protesters in Tibet, to say nothing of the reason they protest: Freedom.

China is normally given a pass on such issues because of their buying power and their place in the world economy.

This reminds me of the Middle East. It is a third-world area that is frozen in a past of hundreds of years ago. Only oil makes them relevant to, well anything.

If China was not such a large consumer base, we would not tolerate half of the crap they pull. This is like looking the other way while someone beats up the elderly only because he is your ride. Sometimes it is better to stand up to the bully and walk.

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