Boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia

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Boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia

Post #1 by Bill Bryan » August 8th, 2013, 6:02 am

An [link]open letter to David Cameron,http://stephen-fry-me.tumblr.com/post/57612770175/open-letter-to-david-cameron-and-the-ioc[/link] (prime minister of Great Britain) and the International Olympic Committee.

Just when I think I write well, someone like this comes along and puts my poor efforts to shame.

Dear Prime Minister, M Rogge, Lord Coe and Members of the International Olympic Committee,

I write in the earnest hope that all those with a love of sport and the Olympic spirit will consider the stain on the Five Rings that occurred when the 1936 Berlin Olympics proceeded under the exultant aegis of a tyrant who had passed into law, two years earlier, an act which singled out for special persecution a minority whose only crime was the accident of their birth. In his case he banned Jews from academic tenure or public office, he made sure that the police turned a blind eye to any beatings, thefts or humiliations inflicted on them, he burned and banned books written by them. He claimed they “polluted” the purity and tradition of what it was to be German, that they were a threat to the state, to the children and the future of the Reich. He blamed them simultaneously for the mutually exclusive crimes of Communism and for the controlling of international capital and banks. He blamed them for ruining the culture with their liberalism and difference. The Olympic movement at that time paid precisely no attention to this evil and proceeded with the notorious Berlin Olympiad, which provided a stage for a gleeful Führer and only increased his status at home and abroad. It gave him confidence. All historians are agreed on that. What he did with that confidence we all know.

Putin is eerily repeating this insane crime, only this time against LGBT Russians. Beatings, murders and humiliations are ignored by the police. Any defence or sane discussion of homosexuality is against the law. Any statement, for example, that Tchaikovsky was gay and that his art and life reflects this sexuality and are an inspiration to other gay artists would be punishable by imprisonment. It is simply not enough to say that gay Olympians may or may not be safe in their village. The IOC absolutely must take a firm stance on behalf of the shared humanity it is supposed to represent against the barbaric, fascist law that Putin has pushed through the Duma. Let us not forget that Olympic events used not only to be athletic, they used to include cultural competitions. Let us realise that in fact, sport is cultural. It does not exist in a bubble outside society or politics. The idea that sport and politics don’t connect is worse than disingenuous, worse than stupid. It is wickedly, wilfully wrong. Everyone knows politics interconnects with everything for “politics” is simply the Greek for “to do with the people”.

An absolute ban on the Russian Winter Olympics of 2014 on Sochi is simply essential. Stage them elsewhere in Utah, Lillyhammer, anywhere you like. At all costs Putin cannot be seen to have the approval of the civilised world.

He is making scapegoats of gay people, just as Hitler did Jews. He cannot be allowed to get away with it. I know whereof I speak. I have visited Russia, stood up to the political deputy who introduced the first of these laws, in his city of St Petersburg. I looked into the face of the man and, on camera, tried to reason with him, counter him, make him understand what he was doing. All I saw reflected back at me was what Hannah Arendt called, so memorably, “the banality of evil.” A stupid man, but like so many tyrants, one with an instinct of how to exploit a disaffected people by finding scapegoats. Putin may not be quite as oafish and stupid as Deputy Milanov but his instincts are the same. He may claim that the “values” of Russia are not the “values” of the West, but this is absolutely in opposition to Peter the Great’s philosophy, and against the hopes of millions of Russians, those not in the grip of that toxic mix of shaven headed thuggery and bigoted religion, those who are agonised by the rolling back of democracy and the formation of a new autocracy in the motherland that has suffered so much (and whose music, literature and drama, incidentally I love so passionately).

More, as they say, at the link.
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Re: Boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia

Post #2 by 7rob7 » August 8th, 2013, 7:48 am

Thanks for bringing this; I'll be passing it along myself.
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Re: Boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia

Post #3 by The Oracle » August 8th, 2013, 9:06 am

It's so typically Anglo to try to dictate to other countries what they should be doing.

I totally disagree..... As did Jesse Owens .... gay people should go over there and win. Which begs the question; how would others even know who was and wasn't gay to begin with? Do they wear special rainbow uniforms? :roll:

Bad social policy will fail on it's own. As the society around it matures. Counter-reactive measures might create resentment and have the opposite effect.

It is simply not enough to say that gay Olympians may or may not be safe in their village.


:crazy:

still.... let's play along.... martyrdom? ;) Just think of the possibilities. 8>

They have a lot more to worry about than homophobes. How far away is the radical jihad? Where they don't just hate gays. They hate EVERYTHING about the West

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Re: Boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia

Post #4 by The Oracle » August 8th, 2013, 9:23 am

On another self-righteous note... :)

How about Obama cancelling his pow-wow with Putin? Because ........ we got caught with our hands in the intelligence cookie jar? And Putin....... well... he slapped our hand

boo hoo... how intelligent was that? Obama looks clownish over this. Why didn't he go over there and have a face-to-face with Snowden. Seriously, grow a set.

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Re: Boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia

Post #5 by John Thomas8 » August 8th, 2013, 4:14 pm

That was a bad move. It's 2013, not 1983, we have to act like adults.


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