The Great Wall of conundrum
Once upon a time, when i was all free and leisurely, i attended a debate training session, got to be First Oppo supporting the motion ” Canada should boycott the Bejing Olympics“, and secured second place mostly because Leon Grek was on my team.
In a unmistakable turn of events, Economist.com recently wrapped up an Oxford style online debate series with the motion ” It was a mistake to award the Beijing the Olympics” and if we didn’t dapper with definition issues of what ‘ mistake’ means, i voted for Pro, regardless of the fact that Con won in total votes.
Contradicting myself? Not so. That is exactly what i think. Beijing should not be given the chance to host the Olympics in the first place ( my definition of ‘mistake’) . However so, now that the damage is done,Beijing already holds the right to become host, boycotting the the Olympics in any way possible is just plain spiteful.
Olympics as a non-political entity? That’s just silly.
I was silly too. I gave this crap mumbo-jumbo about how Olympics is a neutral sporting event and should be best left at that and even went to the lengths of giving an impressive telling off to the government for being such a pained killjoy politicizing the Olympics. I tried my very best not to show regret for contradicting my personal sentiments because in truth, Olympics is nothing but political ( and hoping the government does not pick that up).
The beginning of selection process is already political, governments spent colossal amount of money to lobby for votes because being an Olympic hosts automates the right to showcase your country majesticity ( whatever that means), power and to tell the world that ‘you have arrived’ ( whatever that means). In fact, if the IOC thought that Olympics should remain neutral from political influence, they wouldn’t have bothered with the hassle of the selection process at all , and set a specific place for the Olympics to be held every four years. Also, it has been known that the Olympics is being used by the Nazi’s and the Soviet Union as tools for their own propaganda ( although the question of whether it works as effective remains an open question)
All those China bashers out there agree in one general consensus; poor human rights record which betrays everything the Olympics ideals holds. And i think the same too. For the same reason, i wouldn’t want the US to host the Olympics either. Chinese government receives too big of a reward for such little progress. We have to be aware of the ongoing PR campaign of the CPC to fool everyone into thinking they’ve gone up a notch further in a cleaner image and by awarding the Olympics to them, they might as well pulled of the most successful PR stunt just yet. Letting them to be hosts means going along with their propaganda , even helping them to succeed in their goals.
In consolation we could take comfort from the evidence that in history, governments who tried spreading propaganda via Olympics seldom breaks successful. Mainly because in the end of the day, in the back athletes minds, they only wanted to compete in games of sports , not become some communist convert. Of course, we could diss at governments who subscribe to this idea for they are disillusioned, but the symbolism of supporting the effort still remains unpalatable and another story altogether.
Boycott is phony. And selfish. And shameful. And arrogant. And ..<insert suitable adjective>
Theres is no greater act of theatrics, if one decided to boycott Beijing Olympics after you had awarded them the rights to host them. Even more so if they come out citing human rights reasons, thinking they accomplished some form of heroics-foregoing Olympics for greater good. Even more amazing if others follow suit , engulfed in nobility for they have done the great sacrificial act akin to Jesus.
Greater good? *snort*. Bollocks my friend, plain bollocks.
Eat this, if concerned so much as they claimed to be pertaining human rights , by now they had already severed diplomatic ties , cut off bilateral and business transactions; posed sanctions or any other equivalent strategies proven more effective to pressure the chinese communist government from flourishing.
Look around, its not happening. Never gonna happen too. China is a land of opportunities and bounties, so prosperous this land of Cheng Ho, the inflation rate rocketed up to 10% the government had to work some policies to dampen the fast economic growth. Dampen economic growth. You can hear such ridiculous thing only in China.
Imagine a hypothetical situation: already you have an occurrence where increasing pressure and criticism circulates among global bigwigs to act responsibly upon China’s constant infringement of human rights. Since no justifiable act that doesn’t lurch themselves in the losing side can be done, responses had been mum to late.
The along came the Olympics. It was almost too perfect. Olympics being a high-profile event, the dignified factor of ditching the Olympics rates an all-time high. Conning the world that they had done their part in protecting human rights, that they stand firm on the human rights front . The best part is little damage is done, only breaking of some hearts and dreams of young Olympians- i could almost hear someone heave a sigh of relief. Minimum work for maximum output, it doesn’t get any better than that.
See why i could never tolerate such blatant act of cowardice and hypocrisy. Okay, maybe i’m assuming too much. Maybe if boycott was to take place, it was in fact done based on principles, with good faith and intention to make serious light of chinese government’s poor sense of public awareness .
I still do not agree. For i believe, a political reform is a process , not an event. Anyone who harbours hope that in a one month span of events, suddenly the Chinese government will repent , Hu Jintao will step down, a democratic election will immediately take place and China will be liberated with democarcy is barking mad. ( this is another trick of debating, although a bad one–reducing everything to a ridiculous absolute hoho ) In fact i reckon, what is important here is building trust if proceeding to talks is the goal. Boycotting the games is tantamount to breaching a contract, the breaking of promise when you seal the deal, all of you, whom happily agreed in good sporting spirit China is going to host 2008 Olympics. Forget about winning the hearts and trust of chinese people having behaved quite disrespectfully.
Lest we forget, Olympics is first and foremost about sports.
To some people, Olympics represents a lifetime dream. A battle of ‘ stronger, better, harder’. There are souls out there who train all their life and peg their whole sporting career on this singular, once every 4 years event. Those people waited for 4 long years, to finally given the opportunity to taste glory and create history.
And here we are crushing their dreams and hopes for political mileage-and not even a justifiable one. It is unfair, selfish and degrading to the athletes and the essence of sports. I have a very low opinion of the sort of people who are flirtatious with the idea.
Now we already made a mistake awarding Beijing the Olympics, lets not make a second blunder hurting the athletes and defame the spirit and camaraderie of sports. Leave the Olympics at its best- the gathering and competing of world class athletes in a world class event. With national pride at stake, it is best to assume that the Chinese are all ready and pumping to welcome the world with the warmest hearts and open hands.
P/s: “Ma fan” in Cantonese means, er leceh ? Yes, that. Olympics yang leceh.