Nations torn over Olympic torch; imagine the games themselves

Tension rises as the Olympic torch approaches San Francisco, Cal., today. It has already been protested upon its arrival Tuesday.

San Fran cops have even been pulled from their vacations for reinforcement, CNN reported.

After what happened in London and Paris, preparations have been made to ensure a “safe” run. According to CNN Online, the torch’s route along the waterfront has already been cut from eight to six miles.

Protestors have attempted to grab the torch, put it out and stop its run. Dozens were arrested in both London and Paris.

The International Olympic Committee will discuss the possibility of an early ending to the 130-day, 23-city tour through five continents at a future date, according to CNN.

What the IOC should also discuss is the possibility of huge corporations pulling their sponsorship from the Olympics. posted a great article about the pressure companies are facing as protests against China continue. It’s mostly an issue of public relations and how these companies fear they’ll look if associated with such protests.

Countries have discussed not attending the opening ceremony, including the U.S. There are concerns about unity, how the athletes feel and how it might look to not support the Summer Olympics.

My question: If everyone is so concerned with China’s image regarding human rights, why was it voted to host the 2008 Summer Olympics?

I hope politicians are happy now. They’ve made their bed and now they don’t necessarily want to sleep in it.

China is being criticized and protested for its human rights policy. China is a Communist country. When contrasted to the U.S., obviously there are stark and moral differences in such a policy.

For example, we do not censor news.

In China, journalists, editors and publishers are expected to make the information they disseminate conform to Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Propaganda Department guidelines.

According to fact sheet, news coverage is required to be “80% positive and 20% negative.”

That certainly doesn’t sound like American news to me, especially with this coverage of the Olympic protests.

The flame’s journey will culminate at the opening ceremony in Beijing on August 8.

I found an excellent fact sheets on China’s human rights policy: Click here to visit.

PHOTO: UP IN THE AIR The Olympics are supposed to unite nations and incur a sense of unity and healthy competition. The 2008 games set in China have done nothing but cause anger, protest and criticism. With our situation in Iraq, this might not be a good time for the U.S. to start worrying about China. (Melissa L. Gaffney)


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