On this day (March 21st) 1980 President Carter announced that the U.S. would be boycotting the summer Olympics in Moscow because the Soviets had troops in Afghanistan.

It’s 28 years later and now OUR troops are in Afghanistan (and Iraq, etc.) and again some are suggesting we boycott the Olympics in Beijing because China has troops in Tibet, money in Sudan, etc.

But George Bush says the U.S. will not boycott the Olympics and the President will not cancel his visit to the summer games.

And it isn’t very often that I agree with George Bush on something, but in this case I think he’s right.

The modern Olympic Games were conceived as “a way to bring nations closer together, to have the youth of the world compete in sports, rather than fight in war” not as a forum for international conflict or as tool for manipulating other nations.

Let’s let this Olympics be about the sports and the athletes and friendly competition.

Besides, boycotting the Olympics isn’t going to do much to punish China. If you want to do that then just stop shopping at Walmart.

 

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