Wednesday, April 09, 2008

I can't even watch
Coverage of the embarrassing and sad "torch relay" (it can't really be called a relay now, can it), currently on local TV. It's just too upsetting.

I think the London Times said it admirably with their headline US Olympic torch relay descends into farce.

My favorite quote from the story "We just want to let the world know that we're an occupied country," said Lobsang Tsering, a 35-year-old Tibetan who works at the company in Salt Lake City that makes the Olympic medals. "We keep asking people to remember the Dalai Lama's peaceful message. We don't want violence and we don't hate the Chinese. They're just human beings like the rest of us. All we ask is for them to free our country."

Yeah, you get that folks? "The Dalai Lama's peaceful message." I'm sure His Holiness who, after all, has a lot more at stake than some US college student, would not advocate attacking a group of people who just wanted the chance to be part of the Olympic spirit.

What I find sad is that the local torch bearers won an essay contest for the privilege. No doubt they were thrilled to have won, now this is probably going down as one of the worst days of their lives. Except perhaps for this guy. Looks like he's had his share of bad days. He's a 75-year old Holocaust survivor. Yeah, he needs a lesson in intolerance. Way to go, folks, let's try to snatch the torch out of the hands of an elderly man who no doubt lost most of his family to Nazi hatred. That'll show China!

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