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Now is the time to boycott the 2008 Olympics in Beijing

I would be the first to tell you that I really didn't understand the somewhat muffled uproar in the United States over boycotting the Olympic Games this year in China. After reading the comments from Linda and Matt regarding the plight of Tibetan monks and nuns, a little research disclosed a history of pain and strife.

I found much more information on boycotting the Olympics because of Darfur and this post does not suggest that there should be a competition between to the two issues. I submit that the horrors these people are dealing with are unimaginable to us in the United States.

Much, much more needs to be done to publicize what's going on in Tibet and Darfur. China should stop selling weapons to the Sudanese who in turn use those weapons in a massive campaign of genocide leveled against the people of Darfur.

There also needs to be an all out assault on the staging of the 2008 Summer Olympics in China. The president of the IOC (International Olympic Committee), Jacques Rogge, said that protests would only penalize athletes. Is he serious? Why the IOC would choose China as the site for the Olympics is shameful. Mr. Rogge and anyone who participates in the Olympics in China have blood of the people of Darfur and Tibetans on their hands.

OLYMPIC WATCH: Human Rights in China and Beijing 2008