What would Tiananmen Tank Man Do?
I don’t think he’d watch the Olympics. Of course I can’t know this, because we don’t know who he was, whether he is still alive, or whether he would actually be an enormous fan of the Olympics right now.
Still, I am not watching these Olympics, simply because I can’t square my conscience with supporting the regime’s propaganda exercise. I’m well aware that this minuscule piece of refusenik behaviour on my part will make no concrete difference to any of those oppressed by the regime. It won’t make any difference to our excited athletes who’ve put years of training into being there either – there’s plenty willing to cheer them on. Nonetheless it matters to me that I can say that I’m not part of it.
P.S. [update] It would be great if this comments thread ends up as a linkfest to various bloggers who are posting social commentary regarding this particular Olympiad. Drop those links below, please!