Tuesday, April 08, 2008

A Torch Song For Tibet

Q. Any thoughts about the Olympics and Tibet?

The Olympics don't interest me very much. What am I supposed to believe about the Olympics after years of scandals involving judges and athletes alike, and recurring evidence that you can be a violently anti-democratic government and still participate in or host the olympic games as long you've got money? We even have countries participating who tell their athletes not to participate in sporting events with Israeli athletes.

There is nothing about the Olympics that inspire me, so I usually don't watch and I certainly won't be watching this year.

Or, to put it more simply, yuck.

Tibet - no surprises here. China has slowly and surely been working on the complete eradication of the Tibetan culture in its homeland. They are going to succeed, too. I don't like saying that, but do you believe anything different is going to happen? Do you foresee an alliance of nations intervening here and forcing the Chinese to negotiate some right of return for the Tibetan diaspora, and for Tibet to exist as a sovereign state of some kind? No matter how many Congressional honors we bestow upon His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tibet will die with him. Our governments are not going to do anything about it.

Put that in your Olympic torch and smoke it.

1 comment:

Hal Johnson said...

Maybe we could cling to the vague hope that huge oil reserves will be discovered in Tibet. That could change everything.