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March 25th, 2008
05:52 PM ET

What will it take for world to boycott Beijing Olympics?

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Nepalese policemen arrest a Tibetan monk protester in exile during an anti-Chinese demonstration in front of the consular section of the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu on March 25, 2008. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

There's a small but growing chorus of voices that's telling the Chinese government to knock it off.

Latest reports are Chinese police opened fire on hundreds of monks and nuns in an effort to quell demonstrations by Tibetans in parts of China. Witnesses say one monk and a farmer were killed and about a dozen people were wounded.

The government in exile of the Dalai Lama in India says the overall death toll has risen to 140; the Chinese government says it's lower. Of course, there's no way to verify these numbers because there's no such thing as a free press in China and foreign journalists are being barred from any areas where there has been unrest.

The president of the European Parliament has said European countries should not rule out threatening China with an Olympic boycott if violence continues in Tibet. Shooting monks and nuns is not a good way to make friends in the global community.

So far, the only response from President Bush is that he plans to attend the opening ceremonies in Beijing, saying the Olympics are about the athletes and not about politics.

When it comes to the United States, the politics are: we are in debt to China up to our eyeballs. Money borrowed to finance President Bush's war in Iraq and the stimulus package. And it might be hard to keep borrowing billions from the Chinese if the U.S. called them out for being nothing more than barbaric savages in their treatment of one of the most peaceful people on earth, the Tibetans.

Here’s my question to you: How bad does China's crackdown on Tibet have to get for the world to boycott the Olympics?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Tonya from Atlanta writes:
China is not Iraq. We can't make up a lie and bomb them. They'd probably bomb us back. So they can pretty much do what they want. We only chastise countries that don't have the same bully power that we do. Bush will go over there and smile. Then Cheney will come out and say "SO!" whenever the casualty numbers are announced across the world.

Will from San Jose, California writes:
There just needs to be video of the crackdowns. Iraqi prisoner mistreatment wasn't a pressing issue until the photos of Abu Ghraib showed up. LA police brutality wasn't front and center until the video of the Rodney King beating. A missing girl isn't a story unless there are lots of photos and video of her smiling face. The sad reality of today's news is that if there aren't images, it didn't happen.

Cookie from South Dakota writes:
Instead of boycotting the games, boycott all Chinese-made products. Don’t buy anything made in China; spend a few dollars more or go without and let the money talk. Then learn to live on USA-made products.

Jake writes:
Sports and politics don't mix. Bush has it right for once. It isn't about the host country, it's about the great tradition that is the Olympics.

Tom from New Jersey writes:
How much are the lives of Tibetans worth? The situations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Darfur and elsewhere have shown that lives in the developing world are worth surprisingly little. So long as the developed world is indebted to China and trying to overcome its trade deficit with the growing Communist power, the sad truth is that short of mass murder, the global community will continue to pay lip service to the Chinese regime.

Thom writes:
Jack, It's clear to me that it has already gone too far. We should not only boycott China for the Olympics but also boycott Chinese imports. We can all do without tainted food and medication for a while.


Filed under: Beijing Olympics • China • Tibet
soundoff (266 Responses)
  1. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    Sports is sports and politics is politics and never the twain shall meet if boycotted.

    (First thing I ever agreed with that moron in the white house about.)

    March 25, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  2. Elizabeth in Gregory, TX

    When those poor athletes who do all the training say they don't want to go, that's when we should boycott.

    March 25, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  3. Brian

    It's already passed that point, for me, Jack.

    Brian
    Idaho

    March 25, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  4. David Natchez,MS

    We tried this before, it didn't matter. Boycott China's imports and leave sports alone. I would like to see all the ships loaded with Chineese goods turned around and sent back.

    March 25, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  5. Jessica

    I don't see human rights being a big enough reason for the entire world to boycott such a major event as the Olympics. After all, the Olympics have only been boycotted a handful of times to my knowledge and never by the entire world. Yet they've been around for centuries while bloodshed and loss of human life occurred.

    Jessica
    Lexington, KY

    March 25, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  6. Chris Swansea, MA

    The World will look the other way because that's where the money is

    March 25, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  7. Terry from Calif

    Jack,

    The Olympics is so commercialized that I think we have lost sight of the true purpose of the event. The Olympics is an event that unites nations via sporting activities, which fosters peace, tolerance, and understanding of different cultures. It is a shame that the Olympic committee chose to turn a blind-eye on China's human right violations, which disregard peace and tolerance.

    A boycott is in order and should begin with corporations removing their business and support for this event. How can we as a global community ignore the issues occuring in China?

    March 25, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  8. Jean, Arizona

    If the rest of the world is as much in debt to China as the United States is then I believe that the plight of the Tibetian people will be ignored in favor of securing more loans from China.

    March 25, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  9. Robert in Toronto, ON

    It will take actual footage of Chinese goverment officials mistreating or taking extreme measures against their citizens for the rest of the world to wake up and see what atrocities are happening in China.

    March 25, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  10. Tonya in Atlanta

    China is not Iraq. We can't make up a lie and bomb them. They'd probably bomb us back. Sooo... they can pretty much do what they want. We only chastise countries that don't have the same bully power that we do. Bush will go over there and smile. Then Cheney will come out and say "SO!" whenever the casualty numbers are announced across the world.

    March 25, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  11. Joe in DE

    A lot of othr nations would have to realize the threat to the world economy that China presents.

    March 25, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  12. Paulette Dallas,PA

    The demonstrations throughout the world show that many people already have had enough and that the Olympics already should be boycotted. When it finally gets out that the Chinese government has massacred the poor Tibetans, maybe Bush will decide to stay home. Congress should vote and hit Bush with a mandate to boycott the games. Bush just wants to get all the free trips he can into the amount of time he has left in D.C. Under all of his deceptive "moral" talk, the guy has no sense of decency.

    March 25, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  13. roger dowdle lockhart, tx

    The olympics should not be used to punish one country by another for political reasons. We would throw a hissyfit if say china decided tobar our athletes from entering their country to participate due to a doctinal difference. Besides- think back to the thirty's with Jesse Owens and Hitlers theory of aryan superiority! The best thing to due is to let the athletes make the best possible statement.

    March 25, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  14. Heather in Huntingdon Valley, PA

    It would take a President who beleived in the importance of human rights. Why would Bush stand up for human rights now when he has taken such a weak role in the geneocide occuring in Africa?

    March 25, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  15. mikeytherhino

    There would have to be wholesale slaughter. On a grand scale. You can't get the world to agree on any issues, Political, Environmental or any other for that matter. You want them to Come together, to protest Immoral Behavior on the part of a Major world Government that's been stomping on Tibet since 1950? As much as I'd like a major boycott to happen, I just don't see it. A few nations may Boycott, but unless Hundreds, maybe thousands, die where everyone can see, you're not gonna get That kind of Large Scale Boycotting of the Olympics. And I think the Chinese are a Bit too savvy to let that happen.

    Mike, From Staten Island, New York

    March 25, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  16. Peter-Flowery Branch,Ga.

    Jack ,what I want to know is where do we have the kahunas to criticize the Chinese when we have a higher per capita in prison & one of the highest execution rates in the world,not to mention being in a war that that was wrong from the beginning. And how can we forget that we practice torture ourselves. We should be happy that they invited us with our record to be perfectly honest.

    March 25, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  17. Jona Falencki

    I think that what scares me the most is that I can't give you that answer Jack.

    Jona Falencki
    Burlington, Vermont.

    March 25, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  18. Ron Richmond, VA

    How can I say this, Jack? CHINA IS A BIG PROBLEM! Fortunately they are killing more of their own than us. I'm not talking about Tibet, I'm talking about the millions that have to breath that air! There is no telling what you'll find in food or "Toys"!

    Of course we should boycott, but that would take Leadership, and Bush hasn't the brains to do that. For a Boycott to work it would have to be the United States first before some other countries would follow. do you realize that toxins in the air from China are picked up as far as Colorado?

    If only we had a leader with a brain!

    March 25, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  19. George Wilson

    No worse in my opinion. It we role over, and play dead, their next play might just be in out own back yard. Namely Cuba.....

    March 25, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  20. Melanie, Lake Wales, FL

    Would it make a difference if we boycotted the Olympics ?

    March 25, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  21. Angelos, Munich

    We already tried that in 1980. Let's extrapolate: it was about USSR invading Afghanistan, which we invaded 22 years later; so, get ready for an invasion of Tibet in 2030!

    March 25, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  22. Ed from Durango

    No one paid attention to Tibet in 1959 and no one will care now. It is a terrible shame that a whole culture is being annihilated by the Chinese, but Tibet doesn't have any oil. But, hey, the world is much more interested in which country wins the most medals than to worry about human rights. Go China, kick those nasty Tibetan butts.

    March 25, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  23. James S. Lenon - TN

    I already boycott all professional and amateur athletic events. I gave up watching the olympics due to the overwhelming commercialism and the absolutely idiotic opening and closing events that combine the worst of Disney and Circ du Soliel. But I'm willing to boycott WalMart until China leaves Tibet. I can't afford to spend the money anyway, may as well make it a poltical statement,.

    March 25, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  24. Dee Montclair New Jersey

    Let the olympics be. Pres Bush should NOT attend.
    How about we don't allow any products from China in the USA for a month, they would get the message loud and clear then. I like how we pick and choose who to help and who to ignore.. This country needs a serious change in direction!!!

    March 25, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  25. IFEANYI AZUBIKE Houston, Texas

    For once I will take sides with Bush in insisting that boycotting the olympics does not make sense. This is even more important judging that most of those boycotting the olympics will be announcing their decisions with made in China microphones, wearing made in China shoes and in rooms furnished with made in China Furniture. Boycotting the Olympics while stuffing our homes with made in China goods is ironical in that it does not send any message at all. If we really mean business and really care for the Tibetans, enforcing a boycott of Chinese made goods, I believe, will make China listen. I think that our unreadiness to suffer deprivation that will intensely affect us but morbidly afflict China appears too much of a sacrifice to make, therefore giving rise to a the call for a lesser evil. The important question is "will a boycott of the Olympics elicit the required response from China?" In case you intend to ask this question on your blog, note that my advance response is 'NO IT WILL NOT.'

    March 25, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  26. John in San Diego

    Jack, it would take hell to freeze over. Human rights is just a catch phrase politicians use when they need to stand on platitudes, not when real people are actually threatened...especially if free trade is also threatened.

    March 25, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  27. Leah J, Corona CA

    It would take 'the world' to do something. Any ONE nation that tries to bully China will feel the heat. China's Red Storm HAS risen.

    March 25, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  28. Nuwan Sam

    Why are we talking about boycotting the Olympics in the first place ? Why we have to make those athletes pay the price for a political issue ? That does not make sense. What make sense to me is to boycott trade with China. But that will hurt our greedy businesses right Jack ? So the easiest thing would be to make the Atlhletes the victims of this drama and still pump billions to China with businesses.

    Nuwan from Houston, TX

    March 25, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  29. Terry in Hanover, VA

    Bad enough that Walmart stops buying goods from China to sell here in the U.S. Won't happen. The economy, the war in Iraq, the hunt for Bin Laden, political sex scandals, the continuing incompetence of the Bush administration, the dollar tanking, record-high foreclosures, the Feds bailing out rich companies, high gas prices, and the celebrity du jour mini-crisises all overshadow the tragedy in Tibet. It's just another blurb in many newspapers or a small banner occasionally crossing the screen. Think I'm kidding? When was the last time the crisis in Darfur led news casts or was even mentioned in the news?

    March 25, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  30. Steve

    When the first cell phone pictures go around in a loop on U-tube showing Chinese military gunning down Tibetan Buddhist monks. Then the world will notice big time.

    March 25, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  31. Eugene in Northern California

    Jack, the world is so busy kissing Communist China's butt that they could care less about the travesty, in Tibet. Not until the Communist Chinese torture and kill every man, woman and child, in Tibet will the United Nations take notice and even then, any action taken will be token. They own us, so "The Decider" can't complain, even if he wanted to. Communist China should be removed, from the WTO, at the minimum, for the rape and pillage, of Tibet.

    March 25, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  32. Funny

    Remember what G.W.Bush insisted 5 years ago.? But, today, it was proved to be a big Joke. But the Joke cost 4000 sons and daughters, fatehers and moms.

    Jack, as a reporter, maybe you should report only after you really confirms the truth. You can not say just because others said so.

    March 25, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  33. Nicki

    The world did nothing when China swallowed Tibet, and it won't do anything now.

    March 25, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  34. Arnold,WV

    Boycotting the Olympics just punishes the athletes who have worked so hard most of their lives to get there.Maybe we should cut back on buying so many lead plated toys instead.

    March 25, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  35. robert from nc

    This is the type of challenge that is facing the next President...Mr. Obama is on the record that he would personally speak to China's leaders...You know he just might be able to do something about the human rights issue facing China...Look how he changed my mind...For the first time in 54 years I'll be voting him " a Democrat" in my state primary. Who would have ever "thunk it".

    March 25, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  36. Brian - Trinidad

    The world wants to sell China goods and services.The best opportunity to solicit this market is at the Olympics.No one will boycott the Olympics regardless of what the Chinese Government does in Tibet.

    March 25, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  37. Jerry

    Jack

    What boycott, do you honestly want all the Olympic Sponsors

    to lose money? Get real!!

    Jerry
    Roselle, Illinois

    March 25, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  38. Gigi in Alabama

    Will it help the people of Tibet? . . . somehow I doubt it. The only people that it will hurt is the athletes. President Carter boycotted the Moscow Olympics and the only thing it accomplished was to have Russia boycott the Los Angeles Olympics.
    There are athletes that will not be able to compete four years from now and it will be a shame to deprive them of the opportunity.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  39. James in Cape Coral, FL

    Jack,
    I guess I'm the only one who could care less about what China is doing to Tibet. I'm more concerned about what China is being allowed to do to America. From tainted prescription drugs to aqua dots. From poisioned toys and food to manipulation of currency to directly effect trade. From threatening to cripple our economy to being the worlds leader in espionage attacks against the US. From stealing our military technology to buying it outright through the failed polocies of the Bush administration. Dealing with N Korea, dealing with Iran......I guess I'm more concerned with America than Tibet. If you want to boycott the olympics because of China then do it for the right reasons because I assure you for most people in this country, Tibet is not the number one issue when it comes to China.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  40. Michael in Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: The answer is how many more people must die before the world intervenes? It is comparable to how many more Americans must die in Iraq before before the world does something? There is no answer........and that is the answer.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  41. barbara Actisdano

    JACK, I think it is time that every Country Boycott " CHINA " for what it is doing to our Country, shipping deadly toys for our children. We are not the only ones` they are probably doing the same things to other Countries and they have not discovered them yet. Our so-called President George Bush is gun ho on attending, and laughing all the way--–another freebie trip for the President,,,,,,,maybe he will meet the King of Saudi Arbab again, who knows, who cares!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Hope to read your book soon.

    Barbara from Fl.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  42. Jed from Chico, CA

    Having the Olympics in China was a bad, bad, bad idea. I don't know how much Chinese officials bribed the International Olympic Committee but it had to be a lot. China is one of the biggest human rights violators and simply has no environmental conciousness. I simply cannot believe that any international organization agreed that China should be the host of anything, let alone that bastion of international athletic friendship, the Olympics.

    Alas, alack, it is too late. The US and every other civilized and not-so-civilized nation will attend the Olympics and Beijing. The best we can hope for is that somehow on some rainbows and unicorns level that the international friendship of the Olympics will start a cascade of peace and unity among the Chinese and the rest of the world. Maybe Bush, Ahmadinejad and Kim Jong-il will hold hands and sing Kumbayah during the closing ceremonies. Then again, maybe not.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  43. Cookie South Dakota

    Instead of boycotting the games, boycott all China made products. DON"T buy anything made in China spend a few dollars more or go without and let the money talk. then learn to live on USA made products forever! Support America NOT China!

    March 25, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  44. Will K. San Jose, CA

    There just needs to be video of the crack downs.

    Iraqi prisoner mistreatment wasn't a pressing issue until the photos of Abu Ghraib showed up. LA Police brutality wasn't front and center until the video of the Rodney King beating. A missing girl isn't a story unless there are lots of photos and video of her smiling face.

    The sad reality of today's news is that if there aren't images, it didn't happen.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  45. Les Young

    Jack what makes me so mad all the people who say oh this would cause a threat to the world economy. If we don't stand up to China now we might as well give them the keys to the darn Country. If not for George and his little brother Neal we would not be up to our neck in China. I think we should cut off funds for jet fuel so George if he wanted to attend he could go on his on dime.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  46. Mark - Asheville, NC

    Sadly, even a successful boycott would not cause Tibet to be freed. The Chinese government thinks it can do anything it wants to anyone, any time it pleases. Sounds familiar, doesn't it? We don't have a whole lot of moral superiority right now to tell any country to stop the occupation of another, and that is indeed tragic.

    I would really love to see Tibet free, but there doesn't seem to be a lot of realistic options right now to accomplish it, and that is way beyond tragic.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  47. Funny

    It looks very polite of the policemen.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  48. Keith from Irving, Texas

    China can do whatever they want, for as long as they want Jack. The only country that could have stopped them (The USA) is mortgaged to the tilt, courtesy of the Chinese Gov't. If they called their loans to our Gov't, we're toast.

    We're too afraid to take a stand. That's what you get with 7 1/2 years of Bush, and until recently, a Republican led Congress.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  49. Richard Sternagel

    Jack, I'm afraid it will take wholesale slaughter of the Tibetans before the world community would consider boycotting the Olympics !

    March 25, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  50. Katiec Pekin, IL

    China owns us. Bush has sold us out.
    With our debt with China, U.S cannot boycott anything.
    If China pulled the plug on the mutil billions we owe
    them what would happen? Cannot even visulaize.
    Hopefully other countries will carry the torch on
    this.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  51. lance

    Jack,

    When the media shows the true pain and suffering that China is doing.....but then I forgot we borrow money from China and that would not be proper nor ethical.

    Lance

    Michigan

    March 25, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  52. Albert, Los Angeles, CA

    These Olympics have Disaster written all over them. From the post-apocalyptic smog that dwells in Beijing, to the civil unrest in their streets. China is best friends with Russia, and although the Olympics are about PEACE, and human unity, there are political implications.
    As we know, our administration doesn't really like weighing all their options, but in this case, I think Bush has no option but to go through with the games. And so, the world follows.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  53. Tara Texas

    I don't know. i don't care about the Olympics. We might want to rethink what we boycott because those people that have given their lives to training for this event won't get another chance. China is making loans to us to fight a war in the middle east. What happens if we upset China and they call in the note? Your stimulus package check won't cover it. Be careful what you wish for because you might just get it!!

    March 25, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  54. tim from Ravenna, OH

    The Olympics have become so commercialized that I don't believe anything would cause a boycott. A better question would have been, "What was the Olympic committee thinking when they awarded China with the games in the first place?" It is not as if the Chinese gov't just started acting this way. The idea of human rights in that country gets about as much play as copyrights and patents. Even if a boycot happens would it make any real difference?

    March 25, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  55. Rosalynd

    That is a tricky one Jack. First China's response to civil disobedience is nothing new and China was awarded the Olympics inspite of their history of crackdowns. Addressing those issues now with a boycott of the Olympics may be opportunistic but a bit hypocritical since this could have been decided before awarding them the Olympic games.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  56. Texas

    This world is going to hell in a handbasket. Since when does sports outweigh human life? What does it say about the state of the world when spiritual and religious persons are persecuted? We are all going to have to answer this when our children ask why we didn't do anything about this.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  57. Moses

    Jack,
    I think we should boycott the Olympics, but what do you think would happen when they want their money back " another war" if so, Hillary says she has combat experience in other countries and I heard she was involved in some way in Waco TX. "GI Hillary" or is Her nose growing like her ego.

    Moses
    California

    March 25, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  58. Eddie

    It's already bad Jack. I know the athletes have worked very hard to go to the Olympics and they should not be penalized. But I think human rights are more important than sports. The athletes must show humanity and boycott China because you can always raise an olympic competition elsewhere in the world but you can't raise the dead.

    And let's not pretend the Olympics are not about politics and money. It would be an insult to our collective intelligence. They are not only about sportsmanship that's for sure. Let's see our beloved athletes be National pride agents as well as ambassadors for Peace. Not only gold seekers and sponsors hunters.

    Eddie, Quebec City

    March 25, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  59. wally rehmann in las Vegas

    forget the u.s. gov to push it, our gov cares more about china then the u.s people. they make everything we use for a cheaper wage, and china is your gov's cash cow. what's going to happen when they want the loan's payed off ? we can't even pay the interest on the loan's. what china want's china get's..........

    March 25, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  60. Leevaughn Brown

    Jack
    We went to the games in Berlin, it would be hypocritical to boycott the Chinese. When will we learn that isolationism is not the answer. The answer is to go there and beat the pants off em. Besides who's gonna take the time to make all that crap they sent us?
    Cinti, Ohio

    March 25, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  61. earl illingsworth

    If the world is upset about a soverign country taking care of it's internal business, so be it. Let the countries neighboring China say/do something. We are a big client of the Chinese, both on the exporting, and importing side. If not for the chinese buying our debt, we'd be in big do-do! Richard Gere should move his duba over their and fight them himself, and leave us out of this morass. These idealistic fools that galavant the world seeking change, and a so-called better way of life for the illiterate/misfortunate should shut their mouths and just do it! Enough said. P.S.Excuse me for being a christian, and speaking realistically!

    March 25, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  62. Terry from North Carolina

    Jack
    Were not going to boycott the olympics we need the toys !

    March 25, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  63. tonyh

    They have gone bad enough for me to boycott the games. Sorry about the athletes. Tibetans lives and freedom are more important than showing your abilities in sports.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  64. Velle In Halifax

    China should NEVER have been selected as the Olympic venue in the first place. But its no surprise. This planet is infested with countries too cowardly to take China to task for anything it does. It manupilates the value of its currency, blatantly denies facts in evidence of political and socioeconomic wrongdoing, poisons the world with foods and goods that aren't worth the money it took to ship them all while building a military complex so huge that one day (like now) noone will dare hold them accountable for anything they do. Let the sleeping giant lie while growing strong on the economies it floods with cheaply made garbage. But OH, wouldn't it be a shame to disappoint the atheletes who have trained so hard for their endorsements on Wheaties boxes? I guess they'll just have to turn "pro" and sign a multi-million dollar contract to console their broken hearts.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  65. Stop Please

    Europian media has admitted that they did some makeup about Tibetan situation.

    Anything could be faked, pictures, words even people.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  66. john up north

    It would take a lot more for a Olympic boycott. The Olympic is now a very big business and corporate America has billions in endorsement deal already invested in the Beijing game. Not to mention the TV right who would be worth nothing if their was no American competing.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  67. Mike S., New Orleans, Louisiana

    The world doesn't seem to be bothered by China's human rights violations judging from the participation planned for the Olympics.

    And the U.S. can't boycott them because President Bush has used China like a PayDay Loan center.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  68. Major Jerry Saint Clair Shores Michigan

    Several Biilion dollars...I take that back...EUROS... and alot of SPORTS endorsements.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  69. Howard Falice from Philly

    Chances are the rest of the world probably won't listen to, or take any cues from us, as we are no longer the moral leaders of the world anymore. I mean what China is doing to Tibet is no different from what we've done in Iraq, is it?

    March 25, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  70. Patricia S Macon GA

    There is no way we can boycott the Olympics in China. Bush has us in so much debt with China we are poweless to protest. Why if we boycotted China's Olympics we might get all the loans called in and anyone want to go through a depression? I hope there are strong nations that have not been led into debt by a poor leader like our president that will boycott the Olympics NOW. They should not wait for more to suffer and even die. Unfortunately for the United States we have a president who is like the emperor that wore no clothes and there will be no boycott for the U.S.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  71. Cale Forty(D)

    I don't think the politics china is running will effect the constant running and dedication of all the olympic qualifiers

    March 25, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  72. Red Dog from ND but now in Floida

    Won't happen as long as we have the idiot bush jr. in the white house. It is obvious that he and his cohort cheney don't give a dam about human rights.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  73. Tom from Boston, Mass.

    It would take something along the scale of another Tianeman Square to convince the corporations and the networks involved with huge dollars at stake to even consider it. Who are we kidding? This isn't about politics or human rights. It's not even about sports anymore. Its about the money. Period.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  74. M. Kelly

    It is completely up to the athletes as to whether they want to compete or not – they invest their time for decades to reach this point and for some it is their only chance . . . BUT I hope no one attends as a spectator – no need to feed money into that economy!

    March 25, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  75. Ralph from NY

    Jack, I always looked at the Olympics for their significance in terms of promoting athletics throughout the world. Did we boycott the 1936 Summer Olympics which Hitler wanted to use to show the supremacy of the Aryan race? I let politics around the world be discussed in the UN and by you, Wolf, and your award-winning team.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  76. puddydunne

    I suggest the Athletes boycott them. Any act by our government will be seen as a hypocritical stand. They should send our military and intelligence community there and start new Olympic events. Things like Waterboarding, Assassination, Caning, Tag Team Torture and the always popular Lying Marathon. We stand to win those events Jack.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  77. Mike in St. Pete, Florida

    For many, many years, the entire world knew about China's government's brutality in Tibet, their gross violation of human rights, poisoned toys, pitiful labor conditions, etc., etc. They chose Beijing anyway. None of this is new. No one should be surprised by any of this.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  78. Медведев

    I think the only effecttive measure would be to enable a widespread viewer boycott of the Beijing Games. Just don't watch it, don't broadcast it, don't put them in the news. Just ignore the whole thing, it never happened.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  79. Mischelle from Illinois

    Wow! What a question. Apearently violent mistreatment of protestors is not enough. If more "proof" of killing protestors, like Tiananmen emerges from China, then there should be a STRONG statement from a coalition of free nations. BUT there will still be those, like Iran, who will attend, despite any evidence of human rights violations.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  80. Rich from Queens, NY

    The French president has threatened to boycott the olympics if the violence doesn't end. And we're just turning our faces away from the slaughter. Too bad we owe the Chinese for our war in Iraq.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  81. sandy in Ohio

    Jack, I am not sure that the world should boycott. Maybe the best thing would be for all the world athelets to go and use their individual voices to speak out to the Chinese and any one else attending the games about China's abismal record on human rights. Of course that would take a lot of individual courage and might land some of those young people in hot water. But I think the courage of the worlds young people would go further to draw attention to the crisis in Tibet and elsewhere than all the gas bags in governments and corporations around the world.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  82. Karl in CA

    It's too late now. China never should have been given the games in the first place. The world should have withdrawn participation when China was awarded the games. It's the morons on the Olympic Committee should be boycotted.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  83. Ray

    Jack,
    We can't boycott the olympics,we owe them too much money! Besides im shure Walmart wont approve. And you know what they say : So goes Walmart,so goes the nation!
    Ray,Florida

    P.S. Long live cheap Hi Def Flat screen TV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    March 25, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  84. Bruce St Paul MN

    Well it couldn't be done without the approval of all the corporate sponsors. The Bush team would never do anything to upset the one percent, or as they refer to them, their base. The last time this happened, Jimmy Carter was severely criticized for boycotting the 1980 games. There were many dedicated ahtletes who had trained for years for their shot at the Gold, and due to the nature of competition, many never got another chance.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  85. sandra

    dear Jack: why would america consider boycotting the games when they walk hand in hand with saudi arabia,one of the most oppressive regimes on the planet?

    sandra
    edmonton,alberta

    March 25, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  86. James D (Cary, NC)

    It would take conviction in the belief that human rights are more important than sports. A boycott is probably the most peaceful way to put pressure on China. If the Olympics is about bringing the world together, let's bring it together to protect the the oppressed from their oppressor.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  87. Stephen

    Leadership. Something we don't have.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  88. Rita Lyn

    Jack, What mortifies us as Americans, to parts of the world are events that make up just another Tuesday. There will be no boycott to report.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  89. Tina

    We need to mind our own business. We have homeless people and people who still don't have their houses fixed in the Gulf Coast but yet we are worried about how China is treating their people. Gee when are we going to mind our own business and fix our problems?

    March 25, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  90. William Sanford, NC

    Jack, you are implying with this question that there is still enough interest in the olympics that anybody cares what China does in Tibet. Personally I don't care what China does as long as they keep exporting extra cheap products to Walmart. The rules in the olympics have been twisted so much by the bribed judges that the olympics have become nothing but an extra long annoyance on tv.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  91. Rex Dunlap

    So, what is so different from this in America. When is the last time you tried to stand up and protest. Get your butt kicked, that is unless your an illegal Mexican National.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  92. Al, Lawrence KS

    Every country has something in it's past or present that could drive other countries to boycott an olympics. Certainly the United States would not be immune from such an action. The olympics are a time for the countries of the world to come together in peace. If we only allow the olympics in countries that have nothing to be comdemned for, we would hold the games every year in Outer Mongolia...oh, wait, there was that Genghis Khan thing.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  93. Bob from Traverse city Michigan

    Jack it would be wrong for the world to boycott the Olympics because in doing so we would be turning our backs on those brave souls who are protesting there knowing full well the consequences of their actions. They are protesting now at this particular time ,because they know the world is watching because of the olympics. All the Athletes of the world as they step on the podium should give the power salute our black athletes gave in mexico city, as a show of support for all the oppressed people of the world. The best way the free people of the world can spread the idea of liberty is via satelite dish. And the world will be watching these olympics

    March 25, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  94. BLC

    For American citizen and Olympic participants to stop thinking about supremacy and just start protesting: blogs, boycott and no bullets.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  95. Jay, Canada

    Jack, China could nuke Tibet, and Bush's shot put team would still show up. You don't disrespect your sugar daddy.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  96. J.C. from Raleigh, NC

    Jack,
    If Tiananmen Square-the June Fourth Incident, dying rooms for unwanted orphans, executions to procure organs, toxic toys and suspect produce haven't gotten the world to boycott things Chinese, there isn't any atrocity in Tibet that will. We live in a world that only worships things economic.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  97. Bob L. Philadelphia, PA

    U.S. companies pulling their factories out of China, taking a personal profit hit.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  98. garrick

    our president would not allow us to boycott we would wind up just like the people in Tibet,our president and vice Dick just suck.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  99. Ralph

    The Chinese would have to attack the United States. The Republicans are in bed with the Chinese and that's all there's to it. We'll be buying Air Force tankers from them in 20 years. Bush plans to tour China and give speeches for $200,000 a pop as soon as he leaves office. The gifts of Nixon foreign policy keep giving and giving. Ask not what your country can do for you, but what we can do for the Chinese. Rick, Yakima, Wa.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  100. dave walker

    No worse than it is now. Time for the world to tell China that they are impressing no one with their assinine antics,wake up and see how the free world lives. If not? every country should boycott the Olympics and let all olf their work go to waste.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  101. Ralph, Long Island, NY

    I think any kind of boycott, by any country in relation to any atrocity by China would be in direct proportion to how much Chinese money is invested in a boycotting country.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  102. Sunae Jacksonville, Fl

    Ok let's face it Bush is an IDIOT!!! The rest of the world don't need the U.S. to Boycott and I wish they would do it already. What's Bush going to do send everyone to their rooms?

    March 25, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  103. Dave Brooklyn, NY

    The Olympics has become a commercial promotion venture for the capitalist states, so there will be no serious boycott. When it comes to big business, nothing gets in their way. They want to open up China, increasing their markets by 20% i.e. trillions of dollars. Do you want to step in front of that freight train? God help anyone who does.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  104. Frank

    Since the Clinton's place John McCain in such high regard, a McCain-Clinton ticket can campaign against an Obama-Richardson ticket . Sure would make politics interesting. A Gore-Obama ticket would of greater interest.

    Frank
    Bethlehem PA

    March 25, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  105. Brian, Buffalo, NY

    Can it get any worse than having George Bush in attendance? That's enough to have half the other attendees running for the hills, afraid that he might unleash another war on somebody then and there. Especially if anyone whispered Al Qaeda during the opening ceremony.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  106. John from Carlsbad

    A lot of countries will boycott before we will. Why? Because we are owned by China more than our government wants to lead onto. That is why our "Leader" says nothing. He sold us to the Chinese and now he has no leverage to do what is right. Sadly since China is not an easy pushover that we can get their oil from Bush seems not to be interested. Sad!

    March 25, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  107. Alex

    I continually have to wonder what the IOC people are drinking when they choose a controversial country to host the games. Any sane person would have told you that Beijing was bad news back when it was awarded the games. A similar prediction was probably made regarding Moscow. There are certain countries that are, in my opinion, simply boycotts waiting for an excuse. China is one. To be fair, though, the United States these days is another, but it's simply too commercially powerful for any boycotts to really make a dent. The IOC should consider basing the Olympics in a permanent, neutral location instead of repeatedly playing this Russian roulette.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  108. Ron Hood River, Oregon

    It's already bad enough! When you have a US President who thinks stuff like this is okay, then what does that say to the rest of the world? Bush's leadership has pretty much destroyed not only our rights as Americans but also human rights worldwide.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  109. Ann, Newton, New Jersey

    I agree with France. Send a message and boycott the opening ceremonies. The athletes can still compete and China would be on notice that the world does not agree with their policies.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  110. Greg from Mechanicsburg, PA

    Until we clean up our own act, it would be hypocritical to complain about any other nation's human rights violations. Under the Bush/Cheney Administration America tortures those it thinks might hold information regarding terrorist activities. America spies on its own citizens in the name of national security. America props up dictators and repressive governments wherever it deems it serves our national interests. America is willing to poison the planet, throw people out of their homes and take their jobs away from them just so corporations can make a few extra bucks.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  111. Paul

    Jack,
    Take my word for it, when you come under fire, be it sniper fire or any kind of fire, you remember the day, the exact time, and when you changed your underwear. Clinton isn't even a good third rate liar.
    She should be, she has plenty of practice I believe.
    As for Gore running, now that's funny.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  112. susi IL

    Hi wolf, frankly, iam worried about the olympics, they are already problems and what happens when they actualy will start, it makes me uneasy, something will go wrong, Susi IL

    March 25, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  113. Caroline Tampa, FL

    The European leaders seem to have their priorities in order so I could imagine them boycotting the Olympics before the US. How can you expect a rational response from our president who continued to read for 25 minutes after the second tower was hit. If there were oil under Lhasa, it would get his attention. I applaud Stephen Spielberg for refusing to work on the Olympics. At least someone in this country has stood up for what is right. I'll continue to wear my Free Tibet t-shirt and boycott the sponsors of the games as well as products from China. If anyone has any other ideas, I am all ears.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  114. Jean

    Sen Clinton is the most petty person, no good for a person running for President. She is worse than a 10 yr old kid.
    All she can do is play tit for tat, she is just to petty, Hard to believe this woman was ever 1st lady of the united states, she always says she has experience,I am begining to believe her experience is in telling little lies.
    Keep it up and Gore will be President if not Gore it will be Mccain,
    My choice is Obama but Hillery will soon tit for tat herself and Obama out of the race.

    Jean

    March 25, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  115. Brian from Berea, KY

    If the US hasn't
    1) withdrawn its "Favored Nation" status of China despite numerous trade violations?
    2) kept the Chinese from artificially devaluing their currency? 3) confronted China on its numerous human rights violations?
    there is little hope that it would boycott the Olympics over the crackdown in Tibet. The truth is China has emerged as a powerful nation and the US can't afford to jeopardize its relationship with China.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  116. Inri

    All freedom starts with the freedom of speech. It is the moral duty of those nations who have dedicated themselves to preserving this freedom to encourage other countries to do the same. America, as well as the rest of the free world, has the moral obligation to withdraw from the Olympics in China. I do not know whether or not the Tibetan revolutionaries are justified, but it makes me truly sad that I do not have access to the information that would help me assess the situation. What other choice do I have but to think that the government of China has decided to hide something?

    Inri
    Cambridge, MA

    March 25, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  117. Rob

    Tibet is a complicated issue that is not simply right(the Tibetans) vs. wrong (the Chinese). Tibet and China have shared a very complicated and nearly feudal history that predates existence of the USA. How can we, Americans, who built our country on the exploitation of others (institutionlized slavery,Chinese coolies, genocide of the Native Americans) suddenly believe we are morally correct in judging China? No doubt, the communist government in China is one of the worst abuser of human rights in the world today. But in reality the current Tibet situation amounts to a country's ethnic tensions that erupted into ethnic violence (Tibetans vs ethnic Chinese) that is being put down by armed police. I can recall this happening in recent times in Kenya/the Balkans/Europe(northern Ireland)/Middle East. Where was the outrage then?

    March 25, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  118. Earlene

    People who want to go will do so at all cost. Warning labels on cigarettes don't deter people. We're invincible!!!

    Pilot Point, TX

    March 25, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  119. Darrin

    At the current standpoint of our economy and due to our deep "indebtedness" to China, the next mention of the Tibetians will be in the history books of the upcoming years. It could a full blown "Tibetian Genocide" before China actually admits their wrongdoings, and then what can we do. History has a strange way of repeating itself. Doesn't it?

    March 25, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  120. Brenda Cassell

    WE need to boycott the Olympics....WE need to boycott ALL things "made in china" until this situation has been changed...Pick it up in the store and sit it back down.....WE cannot wait on George W. Bush to do anything....He has no guts...it's all about the money with him. That's why we are in this situation with china.
    WE as parents, relatives, friends should support our children when they go to china to compete BUT we need to keep our dollars in America.....If that wouldn't be a message for the world I don't know what would be.....It's about courage to do the right thing.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  121. Johnny 5 from Oak Lawn, IL

    You are asking two questions jack. The USA will not boycott for the reasons you mentioned, like China calling in the massive debt that we owe them.

    The rest of the world however, may boycott the olympics if a few pictures of torture or mass killings are displayed on the net.

    The question I don't understand is how did they get the olympics in the first place. The olympics are about fair play, sportsmanship, honest competition, etc. You know Jack, all of the things China is not known for.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  122. CB in FL

    China saying their lead filled exports will be doubled, starting today.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  123. thagoodsport/ Veteran of Sun City Arizona

    For Americans it usually takes about 25,000 to 50,000 casualties before they do any thing. At least that is what it took to end the Vietnam War.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  124. Pat in Columbus, MS

    Gee Jack, what difference does it make to the rest of the world?? Look how long it took to get the world involved in the attempt by Hitler to erradicate a race from the world and then ask the question(s). Perhaps when Tibet is down to a few thousand the world will wake up. Of course we should boycott!

    Pat

    March 25, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  125. Ruby Coria, LA. CA.

    Jack, the biggest super power of China has us by the neck, all it has to do is twist it if it wants, therefore we can't do Jack. and the rest of the World?, well China doesn't have them by the balls yet.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  126. Jake, New York

    Why should we care about the most peaceful people on earth? It's not like they can do anything to us.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  127. Ted, OR

    Until the big corporations quit using the Olympics as an advertisinig medium, the Olympics will not suffer any large scale boycott. Will CNN and other news and sports outlets stop giving away hundreds of tickets to their bigger advertisers?

    March 25, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  128. Yasir

    Once again loosely linked concepts are the topic of discussion. China’s crackdown, were I am assuming you mean enforcing restrictions violently and illegally on Tibetans is insignificantly related to changing the popular worldly opinion. If China killed every single Tibetan and the media framed the Tibetans as a chronic demonic epidemic then the change in popular opinion in regards to this topic would be proportional to the efforts of self-conscious honest people to report the truth. Changing popular opinion depends on boomeranging manipular communion.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  129. Burt

    A strong International WILL. BUt every country is indebted to China.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  130. Don Blue Springs, Missouri

    Lets face it games are just games. All a boycott would accomplish would be that our atheletes would not get a chance to prove their worth. We could just drop a couple of bombs on China and they wil leave those people alone.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  131. ken mayer Millington, MI.

    hello Jack. Why is it that everyone is so upset with China, they haven't done anything ideologically different since Mao and the comunist took control of china. Sure they have taken all the US corporations factories and american jobs. they even have tried, successfully to paint them selfs out as a new kind of friendlier communism. But the truth of the matter is they are a growing super power who has at last obtained the one thing they have needed for so many years economic strength. so why get upset over a minor instance of human right violations . Anyways no one will boycott the olympics, it generates way to much revenue for giant media and corporate giants. so set back order some chinese food from the local take out and enjoy all the steriod inhanced sporting events.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  132. Greg in Leavenworth Kansas

    China's crackdown on Tibet will have to effect each and every individual around the world before there will be any widespread boycotts. China holds a huge purse thanks to America for buying poisonous toys and black berets. America can't afford to boycott the Olympics.

    But here's an idea: let's hold our Presidential election now and put a Democrat in office (preferrably one for "change"), bring most of our Troops home now, save billions of dollars each month, and then we'll have the economic luxury to boycott nations who injure and kill monks and nuns.

    Many will disagree, but we can't separate Olympic sports from politics: we're all a part of the American machine. At least all of us "should" be in this together. Or is the "team" concept dead in America?

    March 25, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  133. James

    I lived in Sichuan, China for 2 years and my heart aches for the abuse of power that the local, regional, and national communist party members take against the people to further their own interests. It is starting to sound like our own politicians here! I pray that the people will eventually become educated enough to win against such abuse.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  134. Don, Upper Peninsula of Michigan

    With the negative U.S. balance of trade with China, and with all the inferior products we import from them, a boycott would seem to be appropriate pay back, Jack. Let's get the "lead out" (get it?) and just do it!

    March 25, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  135. Goose, N. Richland Hills, Texas

    Thanks to George Bush, there is little the United States can say or do to China before they tug on our leash and remind us of their generosity.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  136. Sam in PA

    Wow Jack, I'm so proud. This is like the first day you didn't post a question about the democratic race where you attack Hillary Clinton!

    March 25, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  137. Pat

    Gee, Jack, I don't know why my posts keep getting removed from your blogs, but will try again.

    Perhaps your question should be "how long before the world sees the attacks on Tibetans for what it is – an attempt to erradicate them". After all, look how long it took the world to wake up and see what Hitler was doing to the Jewish people. Of course America should boycott as should any country that embraces human rights and does not appove of such. But then, America wouldn't be seen as a "leader" in a boycott since we continuously import lead-laden toys that is, in a sense, erradicating our young.

    Pat in Columbus MS

    March 25, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  138. C.N. , West Fargo, N.D..

    I don't really care what the rest of the world does regarding boycotting the Olympics, however, I think the U.S. should boycott the Olympics but I doubt that will happen. The athletes and any Americans planning to attend can boycott it on their own, they don"t need anyone's permission.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  139. Brian

    What, you think that Bush would be allowed to boycott something with that much money involved? Not likely. I don't have to know the figures to quote to know that many of our corporations, not to mention many overseas corporations, have a vested interest in the Olympics. I am sure there are many, many, many ways that money is made off of the Olympic events from commercials to underground (or above) betting.

    Even without any of that the US is now tied to China in an economic sense. The worlds biggest consumer and the world's largest producer will always be irrecovably tied to one another. What the US needs to learn is that the consumer has a power over the producer. You see this all the time in the business world. Producers normally have a large influence over the consumer, but with the right conditions the consumers can gain a measure of power over the producer as well. The US needs to create a plan to keep us economically afloat with a threat to boycott not the Olympics, but chinese goods in general. Can I figure this out? No way. Do we have people and groups that can? Yes. We need this plan, if not for now, then for a not-too-distant future. One day we will collide with China as the US declines and China continues to rise. We need to make the move while we still have the power to do so in a non-militaristic fashion.

    Without a plan in place for a situation where we are leading up to a confrontation with China, or India, or any other rising nation we will be forced to resort to what we have in the past to keep power: a militaristic response. For those of you who play or understand poker the best analogy I can come up with is this: When you're in a tournament and getting low on chips with the blinds starting to chip away a significant portion of your stack each orbit, when are you going to make a move? When your power, your chipstack, is so low that a good portion of the table can afford to call your all-in bet? Or when you still have enough power left to hurt someone who may call you and be wrong? When your actual cards still do not matter. Waiting too late to make a move on a situation in poker or any situation where power is involved is always deadly. If you wait until your power declines too much to significantly impact the other party then you are gambling that you will win when the cards fall. Making a move while you still have enough power left to damage your opponent gives you the ability to win the situation without it ever being played out. You can win just because they do not want to take the chance that if they commit their resources that they may end up winning, but be too hurt by the encounter to recover themselves. If you wait until you can't inflict that harm on them, then the only way you can win is to actually win.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  140. Stan

    Who couldn't see this coming? I predicted this months ago. Why did we ever agree to hold the Olympics in China. Why would we ever borrow money from China. Is Bush serious when he says the Olympics are about the athletes and not politics? That's another fine mess you've gotten us into Ollie.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  141. john marlton nj

    I will boycott the Oylmpics if China's treatment of Tibet gets worse than Kent state or if they beat more people than the cops did at the 1968 Democrat Convention in Chicago.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  142. Tom in Desoto Texas

    Anyone remember the Moscow Olympics being canceled by Jimmy Carter? or is it just the thinking that hasn't changed?

    March 25, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  143. Jan

    A heart........

    March 25, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  144. Ram

    Tibet has a lot of mineral wealth. China is moving from a communist country to Capitalism. This world is run by Capitalists & there is a lot of money involved in Olympics. Tibet will be contained & Olympics will go on.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  145. Peggy Rush (MO)

    The whole world seems to be suffering from the "me" attitude. If it doesn't affect me, I don't care. As long as it's only the people of Tibet who are suffering, people look the other way and continue with their own lives and desires. When China causes us harm, then our out cry will be heard around the world. Until then, we just can't be bothered.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  146. Sean

    It would only take a complete collapse of the chinese economy. Only when the U.S. has no need for Chinese cheap labor and cheap imports will we finally stand up for the inalienable human rights that are the foundation (supposedly) of our nation. I doubt the world will do anythng unless the U.S. does.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  147. Pat

    Boycott the games? Wouldn't it be better to actually expose the Chinese government for the treatment of the Tibetans? It seems to me that reasonable people wouldn't go or support the games. After all, they are just games! Tibetans have peacefully tried to maintain their independent identity and have been violated by the Chinese for over 50 years. Our government has just looked the other way. Now that China owns us, do you really think the US will stand up for what is right???

    Boycott China Period! Don't buy anything made there and don't patronize any business/corporation that puts games above human life and dignity.

    Pat
    Michigan

    March 25, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  148. Alan Warner Buxton Maine

    Why the Olympics are being held in a country which is dedicated to the destruction of democracy and freedom is beyond my comprehension to begin with. The whole world should refuse to attend on the grounds that Red China is has criminal government which violates the rights of its citizens daily. How did this ever happen?

    March 25, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  149. Mike

    The last time we did this was when Carter boycotted the Moscow Olympics. They went on anyway, and our boycott had no effect on Solviet policy, and of course they retaliated in the LA Olympics. The only losers were the US athletes who had trained for nothing. The ancient Greeks stopped wars to allow the Olympics to occur. We should follow their example, and not let the politics of the day interfere.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  150. Eric, Michigan

    Well, maybe the nuclear weapons we just sent to China's best friend Tiawan will send them a message we can always 'slip in the backdoor'. (joke)

    Tibet needs to be free from the oppression of China's authoritarian rule. But, I dont believe that we would boycott anything involved with China. If we did I would hope it would be more than just the Olympics, maybe so of your trading to...

    Furthermore, in regards to my joke, I hope thats all it is. Conflict is not the anwser, diplomacy is... so lets start there first.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:43 pm |
  151. tom in Pa.

    Jack, it would take a miracle. America & many other contries are dedicated to China because of the profit. Human rights or atrosities again human beings don't matter as much as profit. We turn our backs on anything that doesn't have to do with profit.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:44 pm |
  152. Chuck in Eugene Oregon

    America needs to voice their concerns but stay out of the business of other countries. We have enought to worry about let alone trying to pick a fight with China. I can see Bush deciding to go to war with China over this. Actually Jack, we need to get the UN involved in this and then take a back seat and stay out of it.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  153. Nancy, Cunningham, TN

    Jack, I don't think the United States can boycott the company store. We owe our souls to the company store or so I've heard. A better question is "Should we be borrowing money from Red China?" If they are good enough to be our banker, they're good enough to hold the Olympics.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:54 pm |
  154. greg

    Let me see if I have this correct Jack. The United States occupies Afganistan and Iraq. They are holding, so called prisoners of war without a trial. They indiscriminately bomb any country they see fit , which they presume are hiding terrorists. They import billions of dollars a year in goods from China, be they good or bad. They accept China"s money when it is convienent for them so that they can go on killing. Gee Jack, sounds to me like the kettle really is "black". God bless hippocracy.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:54 pm |
  155. James Moore

    Considering the world's general indifference towards human rights abuse & injustice it would be nearly impossible for China to do anything to keep the world from attending, advertising and filling their homes with cheap, poorly make Chineese goods.
    James
    Miami, Florida

    March 25, 2008 at 5:55 pm |
  156. Charlene

    I find it interesting that Hillary realizes that we have a choice as to whom our pastor will be. Don't we also have a choice on whom our husband will be?

    Charlene

    March 25, 2008 at 5:56 pm |
  157. Ana, MI

    About as bad as the Dem party infighting.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:58 pm |
  158. Bruce Marshall

    I think it is bad enough, France is about to step up to the plate and stay home. Bush will never stay home as he is to dumb and owe's China to much. I feel bad for those who have been training for years but it will have to be them to do something as Bush will never do it.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:59 pm |
  159. John

    If we find out there will only be Olympic medals made of lead and not Gold, Silver or Bronze.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:02 pm |
  160. Don from Milw. WI

    The world and especially the U.S. will never boycott China.
    We are all addicted to their cheap labor and crap at the expense of our economy and health. Big business and our govt. keeps telling us that China is good for us and like dummys we keep listening.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:03 pm |
  161. Gary Miller

    One bullet fired is enough! Why are we asking Bush what he would do? He doesn't care about human life (ie: Iraq). Aren't we still looking for Weapons of Mass Destruction? Enough of these countries treating people as if they are sewer rats. We have to stand up! BOYCOTT!

    Gary
    North Carolina

    March 25, 2008 at 6:04 pm |
  162. Ron

    The economy is in shambles and gas prices are going through the roof. So many are facing bankruptcy in this country. People are more concerned with events that can effect some change in those areas. We don't need live coverage of the Olympics. We need lower gas prices and solutions to the economic problems this nation faces.

    Tamarac, Florida

    March 25, 2008 at 6:08 pm |
  163. paul from Atlanta

    when we stop shopping at Wal-Mart

    March 25, 2008 at 6:08 pm |
  164. John

    If Tibet doesn't back down, then China will be forced to be more violent which will result in more deaths in Tibet.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:09 pm |
  165. Melody

    How bad does China’s crackdown on Tibet have to get for the world to boycott the Olympics?
    The worl, Jack??? Like who has that kind of influence anyway. Now, do you want to know about USA??? First, ask yourself, hypothetically, "What if you had a son or daughter who has been training since the end of college for a berth on TEAM USA in the marathon for4 years given one has to be 21 to run the marathon>
    ?? So, let's hearwhat you would do??

    March 25, 2008 at 6:10 pm |
  166. Edward Bennett

    Edward Bennett from Sandy, UT:

    Jack,

    I am not sure why the Chinese got the Olympics in the first place.

    Edward Bennett

    March 25, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  167. Kelly

    One of the main points of even having the Olympics is having a global community gather in unity and sportsmanship. That being said, how could we as a nation possibly come in to a country that treats its peaceful citizens in such a violent manner? Of course Bush says that he'll still attend the opening ceremonies. It would look hypocritical of him to speak against the Chinese government when he himself wages wars in foreign countries, not to mention all the money our government gets from China. Need I remind anyone about the Olympics held in Berlin in the 1930's?

    Kelly
    Westerville, OH

    March 25, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  168. steven in Long beach, CA

    Jack,

    When people come before money... I'm only 28 and sadly, I don't see it happening in my lifetime.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  169. andy

    Jack, I think it would take 4000 people dying...oh wait...no...that won't stop it either. i got nuttin'!

    March 25, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  170. Beverly Tom Bean Tx

    How bad should China's crackdown get before we boycott the olympics. It has already gotten that bad, we should call on the whole world to boycott the olympics, but we really won"t have to do anything this lattest attack on the religious persons will bring our Good Lord's rath down on them in a way that we cannot even begin to fathom.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  171. Mary from NJ

    There would have to be a mass slaughter of all Tibetians.
    Then maybe the screaming would wake up the rest of the world.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  172. Paul L

    I don't think the boycotting of the Olympics provides any real value. Didn't seem to affect the 1980 boycott against USSR. This requires the UN to get a backbone and condemn whats is going on over there.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  173. Muath,

    It is already bad enough. The free world has long ignored its own values in the face of economic or geopolitical interests. The Chinese know this. That is why it is time to take a stand, the entire world should stand united against this kind of barbarism that has long been unjustly tolerated.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  174. eric

    Hi Jack,

    Since the US is financing the olympics anyway, (paid through war borrows i'm sure) why not boycott them and save anymore money from tourism/tickets/hotels/taxis/etc.

    eric

    Sackville, NS

    March 25, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  175. jeff crider

    The Chinese could learn a lot about kindness and compassion from the Tibetans, two things clearly lacking in the Communist Chinese vocabulary. We should boycott a lot more than just the Chinese Olympics.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  176. Phil T.

    Boycotting the Olympics is only a start. How about anyone who can afford to boycott all goods from China? Force the multinationals to take a deep look at themselves. Bring jobs and services back here to America, so many of us and our children can relive the American dream instead of facing a possible American "nightmare" economy.

    Phil T.
    Bedford, NH

    March 25, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  177. Zach Schofield

    The world will be blind to the violence in Tibet....we all owe China that much money....until we become financially independent...China will get to do what they please....sad, really sad.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  178. Jim Spears

    I don't know about the world, Jack, but as you indicated, we would never chastise the very people that are bankrolling our ridiculous war in Iraq. What would McCain suggest we do about the crackdown?

    March 25, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  179. Sheila

    Too bad Tibet doesn't have oil – if they did, we could spread our democracy there. I remain appalled that we don't help people who genuinely need it unless we can get something out of the deal.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  180. Brian (Charleston, SC)

    It won't ever get that bad. Too many leaders around the world make millions on the Olympics. China is a growing economic power and not many countries have the fortitude to get on their bad side. Tibetans don't contribute much to the economies of the EU, the US, or Russia. Why should they care? Just because their human beings? Please. In this world, it's "pay up" or "shut up".

    March 25, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  181. Sharell L. Grant

    I suspect it will get much worse before it gets better, and even if the world does decide to boycott the Olympics, I really don't think George Bush is going to lead the charge to do so. He claims that the Olympics are about the atheletes and not about politics, yet his desicion to ignore the obvious chaos there is completely politically driven. He obviously doesn't want to upset China...so he instead does what he always does...closes his eyes and hopes it will all just go away.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  182. Eric

    It will take the bravery and shrewdness of an individual with a hidden camera to expose the violence taking place in Tibet. It will take the courage and integrity of the free world to then take action and refuse to participate in the upcoming Olympics Games. Where do the free nations of the world stand? Where do we the United States stand?

    March 25, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  183. Emily from PA

    I think the Chinese would have to launch an all out genocide on Tibetans before the U.S. would formally boycott the olympics. After all, what would we do if the Chinese decided to stop giving us money?

    March 25, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  184. Mary

    Activist athletes, a President with a brain, the American people writing the carrier of the Olympics to let them know we will not be watching the ads ...and at the same time boycotting the advertisers... and why.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  185. Tera

    No matter how brutal China's crackdown is, if their tyranny ends in the next week or so, world leaders will breathe a sigh of relief and head to Bejing for the party. The sad truth is, as long as the money is flowing, if Tibet is out of sight, she's out of mind.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  186. Matt Dow

    The issue of Tibet is more complex then we all know, but why not Boycott China for its support of the Khartoum regime in the Sudan. Why not boycott over China's support of Burma, Why not boycott over the support of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe. The Chinese government has no regard for human life domestically or internationally, why should they get the games of fairness and friendly competition.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  187. diane

    Until we wean ourselves from all the of chinese products that enter North America and demand equal rights for women in the middle east...things will remain much the same as they are right now. An economic boycott would be better than the Olympics I believe

    March 25, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  188. stefan

    It's very simple: Tell Bush there's oil in Tibbet, you'll see he'll not only turn a humanist and boycott China, but will borrow soldiers from somewhere to invade that country too!

    March 25, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  189. Lou

    Hey Jack, we been helping the communist leaders feed their people for years. As Eric Hoffer said,"He who bites the hand that feeds them, usually licks the boot that kicks them".

    Let's start kicking

    Lou

    March 25, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  190. Deepak Dighe

    How blind and ignorent Americans could be?

    Chinese have been torturing and killing Tibetian Buddhists for number of years. World should have not allowed China to host Olympic event to start with. Now, ther whole world should boycot it immediately. For our lowest intelectual President in the history of the United States to visit China for olympic opening ceremonny just shows how ignorent Americans are.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  191. Trey K. Blackburn

    As much as it pains me to say this, for once I agree with President Bush. The Olympics are about world peace and unity, coming together to compete in something that all nations can understand. Nothing financial, nothing martial, nothing socio-economic. The IOC chose Beijing for a reason. The world should honor their decision about the location. If we all boycotted the Olympics whenever the host country was in the spotlight like China is now, we'd never celebrate them again. After all, the world competed in Berlin in 1936. Let's not pull another Jimmy Carter and boycott the Olympics.

    Trey K.
    Sioux City, IOwa

    March 25, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  192. mel

    For most of the world it will probably not take to much more,
    but for W. Bush China will have to declare war and start shooting,
    W. loves their money too much.
    Melv
    La Junta, Co

    March 25, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  193. Tom allen

    Jack: I will not watch the olympics or use any of the procucts of the advertiser's of the olympic's due to China's brutal killing of monk's and nun's in Tibet. Maybe all of us shold take a look at who is advertising for the olympics!! Tom MIchigan

    March 25, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  194. Predrag Stojadinovic

    Don't get me wrong, I am 100% against what the Chinese are doing in Tibet but I am so damn sick an tired of hearing about the "Free World"! If it is so free, than why in Gods name (take any God you wish) is it not allowed to wear a shirt (EU swimming) or a sign (US tennis) that says "Kosovo is Serbian"? Where is the freedom of speech and expression gone in the "Free World"? Mind you, the swimmer even got disqualified probably because it is quite inappropriate for such a small country to rule in more than one sport in one week...

    Naturally I do not expect this post to get any attention other than DELETE DELETE because, oh my, how dare I speak the inconvenient truth in this, the "Free World"?

    March 25, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  195. Chris Andronicos

    Jack,
    The olympics will not be boycotted by anyone. There is to much money tied up in the games. If people really cared about what happened to others Tibet would have been an issue years ago, the Mexican immigration problem would be solved, and we would not have invaded Iraq. People only care about short term profits, instant gratification, and cheap goods. China is good at supplying these things and the Olympics will only add to their appeal.

    Chris,
    Ithaca NY

    March 25, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  196. Thom

    Jack, It's clear to me that it has already gone to far. We should not only boycott China for the olympics but also boycott Chinese imports. We can all do without tainted food medication and toys.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  197. Heather Turner

    What will it take? Public executions televised daily for at least 1 week – and picked up by American media agencies. That might start a buzz about the human suffering rather than the athlete punishment angle. Or maybe – daily executions of Olympic athletes?

    March 25, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  198. A.B. Smith

    When the Olympics became a business is when the world stop caring about the spirit of the games. When China holds hostage the ALL Sports Manufacturing companies that have set up shop in that country is when the world will Boycott the games.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  199. Kirk Leonard

    It's all smoke and mirrors.

    In the end it's all about the money and Bush's imaginary legacy.

    Just ask Mr. Cheney and his friends.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  200. Maria Oviatt

    If we had enough security people to protect our atheletes, each one of them having a body guard, making sure the planes are safe when they go abroad, making sure no one's passport has been snooped and we stay in hotels owned by the U.S.A., maybe their violence (which has probably been happening all along, plus other things, we just didn't, don't and won't ever know) won't make that much difference, as long as nothing is aimed at us.

    Maria
    Ocean Ridge, Fl

    March 25, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  201. Lou

    It would take some integrity.

    I'm boycotting the Chinese Olympics right now, and it is great! Where will they be in four years? Maybe I'll watch then– but not this year.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  202. J.B. Dunn

    I never thought I would ever say this, but for the first time in my life I admire the French President's firm stand on boycotting China more than my own American Presidents lack of concern. My God, what do we stand for nowdays? If pictures of Chinese Police grabbing and harming Monks and Nuns doesn't generate a sense of accountability from Pres. Bush, then what the hell will? As a previous Bush supporter, I'm just severly dissapointed in his lack of action in this matter.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  203. barton from Dallas

    NOW. it is time to start to unravel this grotesque entaglement, the New World DISorder. All of us are guilty, to greater and lesser extents of putting our wallets before our souls. America, boycott all shopping for a week!!!

    March 25, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  204. Dan

    The 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China will be like the 1938 Olympics that were held in Berlin, Germany, hosted by Adolf Hitler. Today, the Chinese government cracks down on Tibet. After the Olympics, in 2009, China takes over Taiwan.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  205. JC

    One Christian would get everyone angry

    March 25, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  206. Nina - Sarasota, FL

    Why was China awarded the Olympics in the first place? China has always been a country that has violated human rights, and the situation with Tibet is nothing new. I am ashamed to hear that the only comment President Bush is capable of is that he will attend the opening ceremonies. What is wrong with this man?

    March 25, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  207. Tom, NJ

    How much are the lives of Tibetans worth? The situations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Darfur and elsewhere have shown that lives in the developing world are worth surprisingly little, and so long as the developed world is indebted to China and trying to overcome its trade deficit with the growing Communist power, the sad truth is that short of mass murder, the global community will continue to pay lip service to the Chinese regime.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  208. Rob McDermott

    I'm sure the rest of the world will call for a boycott long before the U.S. will. The only thing that the Bush administration boycotts is common sense.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  209. Sal Morelli

    Wait a minute Jack....... aren't we talking about $$$$$$$$$ here ?
    Let's not get carried away with human rights....
    And above all let's remember the great service Communist China provides to all our Corporate Giants......
    Don't they provide the largest supply of slave labor in the world...
    So let's think this over before we get drastic.
    Anyway I don't think there are any oil wells in Tibet..... otherwise we would be bombing them !!

    March 25, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  210. Robert

    We shouldn't boycott at all. We should encourage everyone to go...and take their cameras. Take pictures and travel. Talk to all the Chinese people you can while you are there. How else will they hear the truth..their government won't tell them.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  211. JD in Texas

    It makes me sick to think about the weinies we have in government. Our government must speak up on such matters. Silence is tacit approval. I wrote three republican Senators here in Texas in this regard. Their response – nada. With the Chinese support of Myanmar and their build up of troops will we ever wake up to the fact these folks are interested in world supremacy. Shesh.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  212. Vivek Manchanda

    I salute Nicholas Sarkozy of France for being more american than Bush on Tibet.

    America and India, two of the biggest democracies on earth are silent on Tibetan issue and are being purely guided by economics. Its plain shameful.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  213. JOHN/

    i believe there would have to be a continent wide ,fast food take out and delivery strike to make this a matter of high importance,to us all

    March 25, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  214. Scott Forde

    March 25, 2008

    The situation in Tibet is one of those "tip of the iceburg" things, that if nipped in the bud, (by the people of the world,) might get China's attention, and guide it toward being a "civilized and peaceful" nation.

    We should, today, announce that we are not pulling our athletes from the competition, but rather that we as a nation are discouraging travel to the Olympics, as a sign of our displeasure concerning the beginning pogrom in Tibet.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  215. Claudius from Ottawa

    If you leave it to the Bush Admin, you can go for a beer with Wolf and simply forget it. Just ask Lou Dobbs and he may come up with a strategy stronger than all the diplomacy in the world: Stop buying Chinese goods, for crying out loud... Buy American. Buy Canadian. Buy . If the Chinese lose half of the money your country gives China every year, that would be a good argument. There are alternatives to "Made in China" goods. Be a patriot! Be humanitarian! Be smart with your own money, duh!

    March 25, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  216. Tom, Avon, Maine, The Heart of Democracy

    God bless you, Jack. You are the 4th Estate at its best.

    When Tibetans struggle for freedom, and human rights, and Bush plays politics, it is betrayal of who we are and what America stands for. When Benjamin Franklin asked Jefferson, Madison, and Adams to please be practical they insisted on being American. For once I need to see Bush be American.

    God give him a backbone.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  217. JIM LAGO

    Boycott is the worst solution possible. There needs to be diplomatic solution– maybe the UN could address the problem.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  218. Mike in Phoenix

    If killing innocent defenseless people was the criteria for boycotting the games, the world wouldn't let the US in either. Just ask the families of the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis that are "collateral" damage after we won the war in 2003.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  219. Ryan

    I've been ready to boycott China. Lead in childrens' toys was enough for me. Also many athletes don't want to go over there because they don't want to breathe the polution. Now that China is killing monks I'm beyond hating China.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  220. Thom

    Jack, It's clear to me that it has already gone to far. We should not only boycott China for the olympics but also boycott Chinese imports. We can all do without tainted food and medication for a while.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  221. Kevin

    I doubt the entire world would ever unanimously boycott the Beijing Olympics. However, I certainly see the possibility of at least a few countries boycotting. Given the UN's recent statements, it's certainly a possibility, and one I hope for.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  222. drew d

    There should be no government representatives or supporters at the olympics. Nothing that shows a nations solidarity or any means of support for the Chinese regime, however you cannot take away an athletes opportunity to achieve the one goal that many of them have trained there entire life for. Athletes such as the U.S. mens basketball team and others who have already achieved wealth and fame that could not be increase by olympic glory should take a stand and stay home. The real crime is what did the Olympic selection committee receive from the Chinese government to award them the games in the first place.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  223. Terry from: Fayetteville NC

    When everything in a WalMart has a "made in the U.S.A." label on it, you'll know the situation was more than the world could stomach.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  224. Chase, Goodyear AZ

    You ask how bad it has to get? Jack, it's long past that time.

    China is an aggressive, communist country, bent on pushing and shuving its way onto the world stage. It will do anything to make the United States look bad, and needless to say, it's a national disgrace to be in debt to China.

    Not only is it time to repay China, it's time to show them we will not tolerate barbaric uses of force by boycotting the Olympics. China is the most dangerous threat to American stability, it is an ideological tyrannt, and it's time the world tells them how it is.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  225. Jose Mendoza

    Jack: we have sold our soul to the devil, and now we have to pay.
    We cannot even complain to the Chinese manufactures about the poison toothpaste, the lead painted toys, the tainted meat.
    When we are this deep in kissing up we ahev to know swallow that bitter pill.
    We can only hope we will wake up and get on our feet enough to be able to demand.
    I came from Cuba 48 years ago and fought for this country. I learned English. I will not learn Chinese!
    Thank you for always calling it as you see Jack we need more of you in the news!

    March 25, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  226. paul leinweber

    The Olympics are all about money, and whatever television company that has the Olympic rights could lose millions if not billions if they were to lose the rights to broadcast these Olympic games to the United States and around the world. If George Bush could call a boycott his popularity would sink into single digits so don't count on him for doing that.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  227. michael, las vegas

    Sadly , Jack we can't boycott the Beijing Olympics. You said it yourself
    we are completely in debt with China & they know they have us over a
    barrel. So there isn't anything we can really do , but other countries can
    boycott the Beijing Olympics.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  228. Jake

    Sports and politics don't mix. Bush has it right for once. It isn't about the host country, it's about the great tradition that is the Olympics. Sure we owe China money, but it isn't plausible to "spin" the debate in such a manner. Hey Jack, look up Berlin 1936.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  229. Garrett

    Why are the Olympics the event that finally brings China’s wrong-doings to the media? China has been an evil communist country like this for as long as I have known, but now (finally) they are being noticed. It is too late for us to boycott anything they do.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  230. Bruce Stool

    Jack
    I believe the over/under is 43 on the boycotting of the Olpmpics.
    I'll take the over with an order of Egg Foo Young.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  231. Robert in Ljubljana

    Jack,

    Being an American in the heart of Europe, I will tell you that if you could prove that China is threatening to close of all Europe's cafes' and the drain of the Mediterranean so that there will be no beach holiday in August, the Europeans might pay attention to what is happening in Tibet.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  232. thelma nashville tn.

    Jack lets just move on because no matter what the olympic will be played in the united states

    March 25, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  233. Dennis, CA

    This is hilarious, I didn't see the international media come to defense of Chinese shopowners who've had their shops burned down by Tibetan rioters This disorder is far from peaceful, no matter what the media trys to portray it as.. Quite the double standard there.

    To answer your question, the world will do nothing as usual as long as China pumps out those cheap goods we all have come to hate these days, but yet still purchase en masse.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  234. Flash

    We need to support the people of Tibet now! If all freedom-loving people from all countries boycotted the Chinese Olympics, they would be left with China, North Korea, Iran, Venezuela, some African countries, and George Bush. Oh, also Cheney to watch the skeet shooting competitions.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  235. Jan Bourdelle

    Dear Jack. The people of the United States do not have to sell out their values just because our leadership entered into severe debt with China. If we go, we give China even more money. We give their country more credibility as a globally respected force. If our athletes go, they become poisoned with the intense pollution in China. This may be the first time the world can actually push back against China for their long record of cruelty. Jan Bourdelle of Nazareth, PA

    March 25, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  236. Dave

    Life can´t be fragmented into components. Quite simply, all who take part in the olymipics are supporting that government, brining money to that country, supporting their policies. More personally, these athletes are clearly demonstrating that their pride and desire for personal gain, outweigh their concern for a greater good. Each step a runner takes is tread on the oppressed backs of the people of China.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  237. Kaitlynn

    I do not think that the United States will be boycotting the Olympics. Although we have entered into wars to prevent violent acts such as these, we will not boycot China because we have our hands in their pockets. It is sad and unfortunate that our country chooses to back China, especially given the number of Americans that have died in the past 5 years to prevent the very same fear tactics. If Bush wants to save any part of his reputation, he should take the higher path, regardless of the amount of zeroes we are receiving from China.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  238. John From Cape Cod, Ma.

    I find it interesting that our Government can borrow Billions from China..a country with some major Human Rights Issue and yet
    that same Government can refuse to open talks and trade with Cuba,

    This somehow seems to be a bizarre policy, and to say Cuba and other countries don't meet our "Standards" in various areas is just plain Political Diuble Speak.

    I hope the new President, whoever it turns out to be, will have a little more sense than this current Policy.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  239. Pete

    Jack,

    Sorry to tell you but they can kill as many nuns and monks as they want (through in some women, children, priests, mother Teresa's..whoever you want), and America will not back out of the Olympics. China owns us, and like a flip of the switch could destroy our economy. Politicians know this, people with a half of brain in America know this. That's like bitting the hand that feeds you, and even George Bush isn't dumb enough to do that. In the coming years we need to exploit China even more than we do now( if we continue down the same road). Globally, if America doesn't back out no one else will. So whether we like it or not, China can really do whatever they want. Grab some popcorn, and take your seat...the Olympics will be in China no matter what.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  240. Barry Winters

    Barry Winters.... Edmonton Alberta, Canada.

    When the former Soviet Union invaded and occupied Afghanistan, most of the free world boycotted the Moscow Olympic Games. It didn't do damned thing, except to cause the former Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact countries to boycot the subsequent Los Angeles games. Perhaps the free world should boycott all things American because of the American invasion and occupation of Iraq.

    Who has killed more innocent civilians America in Iraq, or China in Tibet?

    March 25, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  241. charlie

    It shouldn't have to get any worse than it is now.

    Charlie

    El Paso, Texas

    March 25, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  242. Luke from Tulsa

    If China keeps abusing Tibet, Bush will declare war on India. (The same logic that has us in Iraq.)
    China cracking down on Tibet won't cause any Olympic boycott. Bush, saying he supports the games and plans on attending, however, may be more than enough reason for the world to skip this track meet.
    Maybe Bush can stop in Taiwan on the way back, and get those "nucular" triggers we mailed accidentally.
    Can we fire ALL federal politicians and agencies, and start a "clean-sheet" governing body?

    March 25, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  243. Ted

    Its a great question. but why hurt athletes who have devoted their entire lves to this olympic endeavor. If people really cared about the human rights abuses of this totalitarian regime they would stop buying chinese made items. step up to the plate gang. Ted Toronto

    March 25, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  244. PASCALE - Oceanside, NY

    When the compassionate and informed people (like you, Jack) finally have their voices heard against such atrocities...thank you for being one of the very few who is not afraid to speak truth against the Chinese Government.
    Usually the only way I can get news regarding the situaltion in Tibet is by watching BBC news or other news from Europe....they don't seem to be as beholden to the Chinese as we are here in the USA.
    Again, thank you, Jack. AND I WILL BOYCOTT the Olympics by not watching it on television and I deplore that our President Bush will be going to the opening ceremonies, supporting a country that has total disregard for basic human rights....how low can we get????

    March 25, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  245. LADYA

    monks with guns? I don't think so. china will keep it up until they look like iraq and what will our president be doing nothing as alway well maybe borrowing more money for the war in iraq

    March 25, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  246. Francheska

    America get tough with China??? LOL!!! Yeah right. President Bush hocked all of our possible toughness on China for money to finance the war in Iraq five years ago. But at least he gets to do all Americans proud by attending the Olympic games. It's a shame.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  247. Ginny Bowerman

    Hi Jack.
    How bad does it have to get before the world boycotts the Olympics in China? It's already there. Let's see, China has exported poisonous pet food, lead-toxic children's toys, mislabled medicial products, and contaminated people's food products. Now, they are trying to subjugate the Tibetan people AGAIN and are shooting monks and nuns – not to mention the general population. It seems that having the Olympics in China is an insult to the Olympic athletes.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  248. Denise Pell

    Jack, Even my 9th grade daughter, who read the book 7 years in Tibet for an assignment, feels strongly about everyone boycotting the Olympics. The idea that our President is going to attend does not speak for me or anyone I know. Such cowardess for the leader of the free world is very disturbing! Enjoyed your book. Thanks. Denise Austin TX

    March 25, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  249. kaiser

    A complete boycott will not lead to any solution in tibet.
    Instead a media-boycott of the opening ceremony i.e. would give a strong demonstration against restriction of press and free speech.

    Against flag waving propaganda. For Tibet.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  250. Stacy Kopper

    The US has signed the safety of its citizenry away to this behemoth – tainted dog food, children’s toy with lead paint, tooth paste with arsenic and, the latest, Heparin with a contaminate – so what’s a little mistreatment of people who are under China's rule?

    This president doesn’t have the same moral convictions of Jimmy Carter. How badly does China have to treat the Tibetans before the US boycotts the Olympics? Short of a nuclear reaction, Bush and the US contingent will be there.

    Stacy
    San Diego

    March 25, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  251. Andrea Scarlett

    Jack, i am a Jamaican livin in London, but i mind America's business. What i notice is that America seem to have a franchise on determining who is violating human rights and who is not. Fundamentally, if a country is worth something to America financially they are ready to always look the other way while all kinds of atrocities take place. Think about Darfour, Zimbabwe and other countries where human rights are obviously being abused. Those countries have nothing to offer America, so their citizens will not be defended by the great saviour. I believe the president should sit in the oval office and pick his fingernails and watch the games if he must, but going there will not be the right thing to do.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  252. paul leinweber

    How about boycotting paying back the loans that are owed to China. Oh no we couldn't do that! Seems you can kill people as the Chinese are doing in Tibet but don't miss a debt payment!

    March 25, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  253. Will

    It is outrageous and egregious that our Government has nothing to say. Only Nancy Pelosi (who is otherwise incredibly annoying) has spoken out. I'll give her credit for that.

    McCain crafted a impotent condemnation that managed to express mild displeasure and kissed China's butt at the same time. That's why he's to lame to be President.

    Bush won't say anything because his rich wall Street buddies might loose a dime on their vast Chinese investments.

    Hillary and Obama aren't upsetting the Wal-Mart Kart too much themselves.

    This is sickening while innocent Tibetans are slaughtered and repressed.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  254. DANLEY

    BOYCOT CHINA PLEASE

    March 25, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  255. Rodney Thurman

    Choosing between the cheap goods at Walmart and Target coming from China and supporting the Tibetan monks...unfortunately most Americans would easily support the cheap goods. Like our "beloved" President, we are ignorant and support capitalism whenever it conflicts with democracy.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  256. K McGloin

    If this is what is considered acceptable treatment of Tibetan Monks and Nuns I am ONCE AGAIN ashamed to call myself an American. If this doesn't say it all about this CORRUPT and IMMORAL Bush administration .... I don't know what does! I suppose it says that as long as this administration is "in charge" of American Foreign Policy, America does have a price for it's silence.
    It is a sad day for all Americans (including myself) when our country stands by and allows this immoral / inhumane behavior to occur. Primarily because China is paying the "tab" for Bush's War(s).
    I think the Olympics should be boycotted by all countries who believe the governmental behavior in Tibet in UNACCEPTABLE by anyone's standards (oh excuse me ....those who have standards that is). Bush Administration have been bought and paid for !!! PERIOD !!!

    March 25, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  257. Vic

    Mr. Bush doesn’t know where Tibet is, may be he is planning to visit it during the Opening ceremony.
    Jack, It won’t make any difference if we boycotted the Olympics? Chinese will be very much happy; they will lead the Medals Chart all over.
    They are destroying one of the most beautiful & peaceful nation on Earth by invading.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  258. Collins

    Jack, China is holding the world to ransom with her emerging economic power. I expected President Bush and the White House to have rebuked China after her remarks on Speaker Pelosi. Is it because she is not Senator Maccain? I expect a total boycot of the China Olympics to make China have a rethink about Tibet and Darfur.

    Cottbus, Germany.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  259. Lourene

    Deosn't seem like things can get any worse, but its a world of crime, so they might just accpet it. president bush better watch his life. He may be killed at the openning ceremonies.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  260. Jacquelan

    I'd say that it's MORE than bad enough already!

    Already, I find myself embarrased at the thought that even one American, regardless of athletic status, is found in attendance at the Olympics.

    A country that is brutally savaging a peaceful nation (Tibet), as well as poisoning the food and toys that they ship our country, should not prosper from our participation in "games" and "celebrations".

    The important symbolism and historic tradition of the Olympics notwithstanding, we must all look to our own moral values and humanitarian principals, and DRAW THE LINE at supporting something that threatens us Universally.

    (Bush can go if he wants to – he barely counts as an American, and has demonstrated that saving face is always the most important thing)

    Jacquelan
    Sedona, AZ

    March 25, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  261. Pat

    One more thing Jack – if America went back to being self-sufficient, i.e., US Steel, toy factories, etc., China would never have been granted the Olympics in the first place, joblessnes in America would be near minuscule, the Pentagon wouldn't be paying $100.00 for a hammer that breaks, simple screws wouldn't contain lead – oh wait – that would make the US Dollar worth more – can't have that! There would be nothing for politicians to run on! Looks like we are heading for the CCC again like back in the WWII era – and a return to the hometown credit lending facilities. Sometimes, going backwards is better than going forward. The WORLD should boycott the Olympics and have a "World Games" in another human rights respecting country instead.

    Pat in Columbus MS

    March 25, 2008 at 6:32 pm |
  262. sarah bishop, Lincoln, MA

    When you fire at a MONK or NUN?? No brainer, boycott.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:39 pm |
  263. Arthur

    china should never have been considered as a location for the olympics in the first place because of their lack of humane treatment of their own citizens even before the tibet issue came to a head.

    they have never been a civil rights leading nation

    March 25, 2008 at 6:39 pm |
  264. Robert Douglass

    We might not have to do anything. If the Tibetans keep up the pressure on the Chinese, we'll have another Tiananmen Square debacle on our hands, and we'll have no choice except to tell them to clean up their house if they want us to come back for any reason at all. I, for one, would love to see a massive walkout during the opening ceremony at Beijing, and if the Tibetans keep it up, The Chinese will accommodate the world.

    March 25, 2008 at 6:40 pm |
  265. maggie talbert

    It would take another president with the backbone of Carter which we don't have now!
    Maggie
    Wichita Ks

    March 25, 2008 at 6:41 pm |
  266. jerry g.

    what a shame to china!! The olympics are supposed to be a union of all the nations of the world for sport but the host country is engaging in it's own thugery of a peaceful and spiritual way of life. The tibetan monks are living in peace and live a spiritual life. China, leave TIBET alone!!

    March 25, 2008 at 6:43 pm |