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Do boycotts really matter?

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Visitor Comments: 7

(7) Herbert Reschke, May 18, 2008 7:52 PM

Boycott the opening.

(6) ross, May 2, 2008 11:15 AM

Too late

It was a big mistake to reward this country with this honor. But it's done, and the Chinese gov't will be vengeful and spiteful (oh, yes they will) towards those that boycott. Who knows what they're capable of doing? Well, actually we do know.

(5) Graham, May 1, 2008 1:50 AM

Olympic opportunity

Better to make a statement in China than at home.

(4) Anonymous, April 30, 2008 12:40 PM

What point can be made...

Have you tried to buy anything that WASN'T made in China lately? A boycott means a real boycott, no clothes made in China, no shoes, no food products etc... It is next to impossible because the US allows most of our imports to come from China. The US government needs to make a stand if anything will be learned by China. I truly wish that a boycott would make a difference.

(3) Dvirah, April 30, 2008 8:15 AM

Selective Boycott

The Games will be held whether or not any given country boycotts, so my opinion is this: that the athletes themselves should not boycott but should participate because this is about them. HOWEVER...if the spectators physically boycott (that is, not go to visit China in person but watch the games from home via TV), then China will be "punished" because they will not make the big profit they anticipate on the Games. China will naturally have invested a great deal of money and no doubt anticipates great tourist trade in return. The best way to make a statement then, is to not give them that trade. To say, in effect: we honor the concept of the Olympic Games but will not honor with our presence a country whose human rights conduct is heinous in our eyes.

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