Merkel Won’t Attend Olympics

Update: April 4, 2008

AFP News Briefs List Wednesday, April 2, 2008 – 09:30

Japan’s royals likely to skip Olympics: report

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The list is growing regarding those who will not attend the Beijing Olympics. On March 29 2008 the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, yesterday became the first world leader to decide not to attend the Olympics in Beijing. She is joined by Donald Tusk, Poland’s prime minister, who became the first EU head of government to announce a boycott on Thursday and he was promptly joined by President Václav Klaus of the Czech Republic, who had previously promised to travel to Beijing. The disclosure that Germany is to stay away from the games’ opening ceremonies in August could encourage President Nicolas Sarkozy of France to join in a gesture of defiance and complicate Gordon Brown’s determination to attend the Olympics. Click here for full story.Now, why is it that President Bush IS planning on attending. Isn’t the United States the bedrock of Freedom and Democracy? He ( Bush ) said about the Olympics they“should be about the athletes and not necessarily about politics.”I ask, what is wrong with this picture?“The United States says it has been fighting for human rights and democracy in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Phurbu Dorjee, a Tibetan activist from Brooklyn, N.Y. “Tibetans are suffering. If the U.S. doesn’t speak out this time, the issue of Tibet will die, and history will judge America as a hypocrite.”

Why doesn’t he listen to House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi? She said:

“I think boycotting the opening ceremony, which really gives respect to the Chinese government, is something that should be kept on the table,”

For those who don’t know the Olympic torch is making its one U.S. stop in Pelosi’s hometown of San Francisco, and large protests are expected.

So why isn’t he listening to her? Is big business the answer? Could it be there are deals we don’t know of? I don’t have the answers right now what I do know is that many will start to question American Human Rights Policies especially regarding Tibet.

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