I don’t believe in countries boycotting the Olympics unless the human rights violations of the country are so egregious so as to make it impossible to look the hosts in the eye while you know they are killing people elsewhere. And, still, the case better be good. So, if you really wanted to boycott an Olympics, Beijing would have made more sense than Sochi. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/07/17/203067633/talk-of-boycotting-russian-olympics-stirs-emotions

3 thoughts on “I don’t believe in countries boycotting the Olympics unless the human rights violations of the country are so egregious so as to make it impossible to look the hosts in the eye while you know they are killing people elsewhere. And, still, the case better be good. So, if you really wanted to boycott an Olympics, Beijing would have made more sense than Sochi. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

  1. How about boycotting the Olympics in the United States – Salt Lake City, Atlanta, Los Angeles – since the U.S. is the worst human rights violator in the world.

    1. Well, I’m pretty sure the evidence doesn’t support the idea that the US is the ‘worst human rights violators’ in the world, since despite many of our problems we don’t currently run re-education labor camps or routinely arrest political opponents or force children into armies over control if precious resources. So, you know, perspective gives legitimate arguments more authority.

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