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China, Darfur and The Genocide Olympics

Posted by bosskitty on June 17, 2007

Darfur, U.N. Troops and Beijing: Cause and Effect?

The China Daily reports that China has welcomed Sudan’s sudden decision to accept a U.N. peace keeping force for the troubled region of Darfur. While it remains to be seen whether this will actually work out (Sudan has said it would agree before only to reneg), I can’t help but wonder about the timing. After all, Sudan
has essentially stonewalled on this for an age. Why the sudden change in attitude? Could it have anything to do with the “Genocide Olympics” campaign that started a couple of weeks ago and calls for a boycott of the 2007 games because of what the campaigners say is Beijing’s coddling of Khartoum and refusal to put pressure on it to end what is seen as Sudan inspired mass murder in Darfur. We know how super-sensitive China is about boycott calls and this is the one issue that actually has the potential to get some traction. All pure speculation of course, but it certainly bears looking in to……

This is only getting proper attention now because this cause is more popular than Iraq. It took world celebrities outrage, concerts and well publicized meetings with world leaders to put the plight of of these victims on the front page. It took an Olympic boycott threat to get China to put enough pressure on Sudan. The US has laid off Sudan for vague intelligence excuses – like I’ll reveal a terrorist secret if you leave me alone to wipe out Darfur. When economics enters the picture many things start to happen. How many millions have died until sanctions or boycotts have done their job? Will it take a boycott to get China to stop slavery? How can China really condemn Sudan when it is guilty of slavery? Contradictions and hypocracy are still at work here! Make this front page news!


2 Responses to “China, Darfur and The Genocide Olympics”

  1. mirth said

    The threat of an olympics boycott is new to me.
    The olympics go to the highest bidder and the purpose of them has been bastardized by commercialism. That China was even considered is a travesty. If threats of a boycott can bring even superficial change, then we should all get on this bandwagon.

  2. nytexan said

    I think it’s kind of interesting. During the Democratic debate when Darfur came up, Richardson said that to get China to put pressure in Sudan and get serious, the Olympics need to be boycotted. Well everyone on that panel thought that was crap and shut Richardson down. Even the Republicans in their debate said Richardson idea was crap. And now the same people are supporting the idea.

    China should have never been allowed to compete to be an Olympic host.

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