2008-08-15 / Letters

Boycott Olympics

Dear Editor,

I'm writing to you this week to express my utmost support for a boycott of the 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing. The atrocities that Communist China has perpetrated against its people and the world are unspeakable and evidence its moral and ethical bankruptcy. China's conduct is undeserving of the honor and prestige conferred on the host country of the Olympics. Though almost twenty years have passed between the government sponsored massacre of pro-democracy demonstrators in Tiananmen Square and today, not much has changed inside that country. China still remains a tight-fisted, Maoist-style regime, which has repeatedly resisted the efforts of its own people and the international community to institute democratic, glasnost-like reforms. This is the same government, which tried to buy the silence of the parents of earthquake victims after they demanded an inquiry into the shoddy construction of the schools, which collapsed and killed thousands of children. When they couldn't buy the parents off, they cajoled and coerced them into silence. China is a repeat violator of human rights domestically, and an enabler of these violations abroad due to its dealing suppress political dissidents and opponents of the government who voice their opinions. The Chinese occupy and subjugate the sovereign nation and people of Tibet. The Chinese use in their factories outdated practices which have harmed the environment, that are banned in most of the post-industrial world, to produce defective, sometimes downright dangerous products.

If America is truly committed to safeguarding human rights and protecting the dignity of the human race, it has a duty to stand with the longsuffering citizens of China, and the people America, and the world to boycott the Summer Olympics.

DANIEL SOLOMON

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