John J. Tkacik, Jr. (Senior Research Fellow in China, Taiwan, and Mongolia Policy in the Asian Studies Center at The Heritage Foundation) writes a brilliant commentary on the Chinese Olympics issue…
Beijing Olympics Boycott: A Wake-Up Call
Given China’s objectionable behavior in recent years—in human rights, trade, nuclear proliferation, aid to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, support for genocidal regimes in Sudan and vicious dictatorships in Burma and North Korea—it is no wonder that dozens of frustrated members of the U.S. House of Representatives are calling for an American boycott of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Realistically, a U.S. boycott of the Beijing Olympics is not feasible. However, the advent of a new Olympic year is certainly an appropriate time for the Administration and Congress to call attention to the increasingly
repressive character of the Chinese regime. China’s economic and military support for Sudan’s genocidal regime.
Both the Administration and Congress must get into the habit of seeing the regime in Beijing for what it is—a Communist dictatorship that suppresses religious, political, and labor freedoms at home and bullies its neighbors. It supports brother dictatorships around the globe, whether they are major or minor perpetrators of genocide, nuclear blackmail, slave labor, and suppression of freedoms.
To do any less than this would be a betrayal of the bargain America made with its own conscience, and would be a lost opportunity of 1936 proportions.
One of the issues regarding the Olympics is China’s lack of support toward the international effort to resolve the crisis in Darfur. Beijing continues to deal with the Sudanese government that is commiting genocide against the people in Darfur.