I feel conflicted. There is absolutely no question that the United Staes is infinitely better than China when it comes to human rights. I don’t think anyone can argue against that.
Still, when I see people protesting the torch relay because of the treatment of Tibet by China, I can’t help but think of the human rights violations commited by this administration. Like it or not (and I hope it’s “not”), the official policy of the United States is to violate human rights when it sees fit. Yes, the majority of the citizens of this country are disgusted by it, but it IS official policy.
So, when I see the protesters, I support them. But at the same time, while I know we’re better, I feel like there are people in other places looking at the United States and saying to themselves, “Who are they to protest against human rights violations?”
I would love to see the politics kept out of the Olympics. It does nothing but hurt the athletes. Also, I am anxiously anticipating China’s response when the first person goes into Tiananmen Square and unfurls a Tibetan flag. The Olympics will be good for the Chinese people, I think. The event will put China in the spotlight – for better and for worse. Personally, I believe the Chinese government didn’t quite understand what they were getting themselves into. I don’t have high hopes that the Olympics will change China for the better, but I also don’t think it’s going to be a bad thing.