Time To Pull Out Of The Olympics

China – for those that didn’t know – is a Fear State run a by a bunch of brutal dictators. Since the communists took power, they’ve killed about 40 million people and invaded and annexed the free nation of Tibet.

We can’t bring the dead back, but we can help free Tibet by boycotting the Peking Olympics.

The Tibetan refugees speak:

China’s invasion by 40,000 troops in 1950 was an act of unprovoked aggression. There is no generally accepted legal basis for China’s claim of sovereignty…

By the 17-Point Agreement of 1951 China undertook not to interfere with Tibet’s existing system of government and society, but never kept these promises in eastern Tibet and in 1959 reneged on the treaty altogether…

Some 1.2 million Tibetans are estimated to have been killed by the Chinese since 1950.

The International Commission of Jurists concluded in its reports, 1959 and 1960, that there was a prima facie case of genocide committed by the Chinese upon the Tibetan nation.

The dictators are still killing Tibetans:

…the Tibetan government says that 99 innocent protesters have been killed.

They’re killing Buddhists – the most peaceable religion in the world.

The NY Sun puts this question to the president:

How many innocent individuals will have to be slain by the Chinese communists for merely exercising their rights to free speech, peaceable assembly, and petition before you decide you can’t in good conscience attend the opening ceremonies?

None of course – he should pull out now, and also withdraw the US from the entire Olympics. The Brits should do the same. Because our support for freedom and opposition to oppression is indivisible – it doesn’t just apply to Iraqis and Afghans.

And withholding our support for the Olympics will help convince the Chinese people to get rid of their oppressors and set the Tibetans free.

Finally, amazingly, this is something the Democrats and Republicans agree on:

The Speaker of the US House of Representatives met the Dalai Lama at his seat in exile today and demanded that the world stand up for Tibet against Chinese oppression…

“If freedom-loving people throughout the world do not speak out against Chinese oppression and China and Tibet, we have lost all moral authority to speak on behalf of human rights anywhere in the world.”

…she was also supported by the senior Republican on the trip, James Sensenbrenner. “In the U.S. Congress, there is no division between Democrats and Republicans on the issue of protecting Tibetan culture and eliminating repression against Tibetans around the world,” he said.

Let’s just do it.

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6 Responses to Time To Pull Out Of The Olympics

  1. Giles says:

    A question – how easy would it be these days to boycott Chinese goods, do you think?

  2. Den says:

    As long as the non-chinese manufacturing companies that can replace the Chinese goods have survived, one could start a boycott. If they have not, there would be no products available.

    However, even if they have managed to survive, these non-chinese companies would not be able produce the goods at the cut-throat Chinese prices so we would be in for an even higher cost of living.

    Unless, of course, some of the governments decide to subsidise the manufacturing plants and exports and reduce wages to a Chinese workers level and convince the people that a bowl of rice a day and a matress is all they want in life.

  3. Giles says:

    Den – you’re right, any successful boycott would have to involve a cost-of-living hike. But then that’s no different to, say, choosing to only eat organic food. And it could be relatively painless, in that many of the cheap chinese products that we buy were relatively recently introduced – it wasn’t all that long ago that we paid much more for, say, clothing than we do now.

    For me the bigger question is whether, as you said, there are non-chinese companies that supply the things we currently get from chinese producers – and also whether it is possible for us as individuals to recognise chinese goods – after all, something marked “made in the UK” might well have been finally assembled there out of components sourced from anywhere.

    And then, of course, there’s the difficulty in distinguishing between taiwanese products and chinese… especially given that the taiwanese manufacturers have outsourced much of their work to the mainland over recent years.

  4. gandalf says:

    Den & Giles

    I’ve been running a partial boycott for several years.

    It’s partial because I buy a lot on Amazon, and find many branded electronics products turn out to be made in China, and one can hardly return them on that account.

    Still, in setting up our place in Italy, we’re only buying Italian, or, failing that, European.

    Like organic vegetables, it costs more, but you get a better product.

    I just bought some Italian carpenter’s tools at three times the cost of their Chinese equivalents. But the Italian tools are high grade and will last forever, and the Chinese were mild steel and quite likely to fail.

    That way, I’m doing my small bit to keep struggling European manufacturers in business.

    Long term, the Chinese will get richer, their costs & prices will rise, and get our manufacturing back. That may happen quite quickly – the UK went from exporting 60% of the world’s engineering goods to (I think) 5% in just 40 years.

  5. Den says:

    Giles & Gandalf

    But meantime, what non-Chinese manufacturers will be left? Perhaps only the best but maybe only the richest who now have low running costs but high profits (prices) and that can therefore keep their heads above water while the Chinese are getting richer.

    Concerning Giles’ comment about being able to distinguish the Chinese products, I work with machine manufacturers and a great deal of them are now outsourcing to China, specially the basic structures, and then adding on the European electric and electronic parts.

    So we now have hybrid machinery with European labels

  6. gandalf says:

    Den

    On the bright side, if the Chinese get richer, they won’t have a cost advantage and will have to concentrate – as we do – on the things they do best.

    In the interim, as you say, only our best manufacturers will survive, and they’ll do that by making better quality products and cutting costs, perhaps with robots.

    If the EU had any guts, it would insist on proper labeling of products so consumers know what they’re buying.

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