Thursday, July 10, 2008

Beijing Olympic Games of 1936

Now it’s 2008, we’re just one month away from Beijing Olympic Games.
Several heads of States already confirmed participation in the first political opening of an Olympic Game from XXI Century. Yes, political.
Why not speak about the megalomaniac greatness of these Games, as a matter of fact, one sister of the Olympic Games of 1936.

was then a flourishing economy with a lot of people willing to do business with, and also a lot of people willing to look at the other side, about the human rights agenda.
We only discovered about the slave camps Auschwitz, Treblinka and other death camps after the end of World War II.
And even then many people didn’t want to, if the American Commander didn’t record in pictures and films the holocaust, a lot of people would say then and today: it didn’t happen.

In the same way, today, we try to look at the other side, for political or economical reasons.
And we try to forget that liberty was shot in Tiananmen Square 19 years ago.
We can’t run from the comparison.
Doing business with China is good for bottom line, but may be good for the bottom, but for the head is terrible.

Once president Kennedy said that “we choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.”

Now we chose to go to Beijing not because it’s right, but because it’s easy.
It’s easy to forget the slave camps who manufacture cheap things for us.

It’s easy to forget the political oppression and the end of liberty.

I don’t know what you’re going to do, but I do know that if the governments are not willing to displease the Chinese government, I may be the only one, but I’ll boycott the Olympic Games not watching anything, nothing at all.

And I invite you to do the same, not because it’s easy, but because it’s right.

Written by Ary S Dib Dias Filho

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