As the 2008 Beijing Games draw closer…

July 29, 2008 at 6:15 pm 7 comments

…I ask myself why oh why are they in Beijing, China. At first I ignored all of the anti-China protests and dubbed them as over-dramatic. But the more I learn and the more I think about it….it seems weird that the Olympics, an event that promotes peace and world unity are taking place in a country that is guilty of so many acts against humanity.

The fact that China still rules over the Tibetan people and many petty crimes in China are punishable by death seems to be such an unfitting place for the Olympic Games to take place. I just see a lot of hypocrisy arising which angers me.

Furthermore, Beijing has been unfortunately dubbed one of the dirtiest cities in the world. The country’s pollution problem is being held accountable for the deaths of approximately 50,000 newborns each year….that is some stank air if you ask me! Rightfully so a lot of red flags are being raised with questions about how the 10,000 some athletes are going to fair with such conditions. Those who compete indoors are safe, however, those competing in marathons, track and field, and cycling events are screwed if they have asthma or even slight aversions to smog/dust/smoke. Especially if you take into account how much more oxygen an athlete performing at their peaks take in with each breath. Oy!

Anyway, what’s done is done. I’m sure the world will enjoy a safe….and hopefully somewhat “clean/green” Olympic Games. I just find it all puzzling!

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  • 1. erin :: the olive notes  |  July 29, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    yeah, it is quite weird. We don’t have TV though, so I’ve been missing all the hype anyway and probably won’t see any of it.

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  • 2. Brian Kirk  |  July 29, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    isn’t that the point of the olympics – to unite countries? what better place to take the olympics than a country like china who needs to change some of their policies & approaches on government. the olympics games obviously won’t change everything about china but they have forced china in the spotlight of the world community & as a result china is cleaning things up (literally).

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  • 3. erynchandler  |  July 29, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    bk: valid/good point. however, i doubt that the olympic committee awarded Beijing with the games as an effort to shed light on their shortcomings.

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  • 4. Brian Kirk  |  July 29, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    you have to consider china’s impact on the global economy. think of their role & you can’t simply ban them from events such as the olympics b/c you don’t agree with their policy. i’m suggesting that the olympics are forcing them in the spotlight which is a good thing b/c it forces them to change a many things & answer to the world community on topics to include what has happened in tibet.

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  • 5. Alec  |  July 29, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    On one hand, to ban China would be against the spirit of the games and also along the lines of calling a “time out” for a little kid who’s forgotten/doesn’t know what he’s done wrong. It’s only been a big player in the world market for a very short period and is still living out its growing pains. As far as China is concerned, their insanely quick and resource-consuming/highly polluting growth is them simply making up for lost time. It consumes more resources than any other nation and has the fastest growing economy. It’s essentially like a Great Dane puppy that hasn’t been housebroken – nice, until you realize how big and destructive it can be.

    From a diplomatic standpoint, some kind of stricter trade negotiation or “reward for good behavior” from the UN – or better yet, Wal-Mart (big business) – may help.

    The amazing hypothetical in all of this is if China points itself in the right direction, it could be a country worth envying – and not just from an economic standpoint. If they clean up their act, stop harvesting organs from their plethora of executed prisoners, improve conditions for workers, as well as decrease the gap between the impoverished and the very rich (which isn’t a very “Communist” of them to have let happen), and switch to cleaner energy, imagine the impact. It would be massive. It’s hard to tell a developing third-world country like India to “stop using coal,” but a country like China (the #1 consumer of coal) should be able to eliminate it almost completely within 10-15 years. They have the money and the know-how, it’s just a matter of being given a reason to change.

    All of the above behoove them to change their ways – especially politically – if they don’t aid the country-bound peasants, they’re going to end up with a very one-sided (I’ll give you a hint – the rich win), but messy and hard-to-explain revolution on their hands.

    As for Tibet – I don’t think China will ever give it up – it’s a matter of “principle” and national pride… just like the games. The only thing one can hope is that they ease up their stronghold as they learn to mature.

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  • 6. erynchandler  |  July 30, 2008 at 2:16 am

    thanks for all the thoughtful input everyone…to set things straight, I never suggested banning China from the Olympic games….wouldn’t banning Iraq or Iran from the games be the more obvious choice (for America at least, because we should be able to make such decisions)?

    And that Iraq/Iran comment back there was pure sarcasm. I don’t want to ban any country from the games……unless they’re known for kicking puppies. I was simply questioning the decision making behind holding the games there. There was obviously an enormous amount of thought provoking conversation leading up to the decision…I’m just curious how that conversation went. And if I happened to be a wallflower would I still feel the same about it all.

    atown: wow….thanks for all the facts man. and I had totally forgotten about them harvesting the organs of their executed prisoners…..sheez! you really put the country as a whole economically as well as politically into perspective.

    anywho……yay Olympics!

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