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    Re: Should the US Boycott the Russian Olympics?

    Quote Originally Posted by windowdressing View Post
    you guys are turning these threads into romper rooms ... come on son ... let's grow up a tad ... "Your surrender?" Really? ... it doesn't get more juvenile than that, although you get points for not saying I have cooties ...
    Yes, you really should. You're probably old enough to be my father yet you act like you're my son's age. And you still have not defended your positions on this topic. Not only are your eyes weak but your arguments are as well.

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    Re: Should the US Boycott the Russian Olympics?

    Quote Originally Posted by Painter View Post
    I tried to find a direct reference to the law and how it is enforced.
    However, I failed due to the massive amount of opinions and commentary out there when you try to search it.
    So all I am left with for a response is my own impression of what I have heard in regards to these laws.

    And I am under the impression that Russia will arrest anyone suspected of being gay. I am even under the impression that they can arrest you for just being supportive to homosexuals. I am under the impression that they have refused to exempt our citizens.
    And I am also under the impression that many of these people are being mistreated and beaten both publicly and privately.
    I'm not under any of those impressions. I think as long as there are no public showings of affection, everything will be fine. I'm also doubtful that any of our athletes will be beaten.

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    Re: Should the US Boycott the Russian Olympics?

    Quote Originally Posted by TiredOfLife View Post
    Not even Hitler threatened our athletes, but Russia has. The games need to be moved, Russia needs to declare the laws not in force during the games, or we need to stay home. It is Russia who has broken the spirit of the games. They have taken their stand and now we need to take ours. Fix this or we will see you in fours years in a better time and place. I hope Snowden can ice stake and is a fast learner.
    No, when you are a guest in a host country, you go by their laws. We are not the world's police or moral authority.

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    Re: Should the US Boycott the Russian Olympics?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    For the sake of discussion let's say this is true.
    I honestly doubt they would risk international embarrassment and incident by doing it to visiting athletes with the entire world watching.



    I agree that the government probably wouldn't do this.

    But some private citizens might.

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    Re: Should the US Boycott the Russian Olympics?

    The two things have absolutely nothing to do with each other. It's silly to boycott the olympics.
    If you build a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day.

    If you set a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.

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    Re: Should the US Boycott the Russian Olympics?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    Yes, you really should. You're probably old enough to be my father yet you act like you're my son's age. And you still have not defended your positions on this topic. Not only are your eyes weak but your arguments are as well.
    at some point you have to stop blaming others for your inability to understand a simple argument or position (my position couldn't have been any clearer) ... if you want to ask me a direct question, feel free to and if it's a serious question, I'll do my best to respond ... but please don't go around telling posters that they "surrendered" or "retreated" when they get off or disengage ... that gets old and it really does remind me of what kids do ...

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    Re: Should the US Boycott the Russian Olympics?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    No, when you are a guest in a host country, you go by their laws. We are not the world's police or moral authority.
    The host country is threatening the athletes, and those who would report on and attend the games. Maybe they just don't want our gay kids to beat their straight ones but it doesn't matter, it isn't done, and when it is there is a problem, our problem now.

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    Re: Should the US Boycott the Russian Olympics?

    Quote Originally Posted by Painter View Post
    I doubt they would too. However, Putin seems to be enjoying jabbing the West lately.
    To continue this "for the sake of discussion", lets say that what we both agree is unlikely, does happen. Say Russia does uphold the law and legally arrests hundreds of Americans at the Olympics for simply being in support of the rights of homosexuals.
    Then we'd be in quite a pickle. With the world watching, we could not back down.

    I think we should take Russia for its word and assume that our people can be arrested merely for "thinking".
    I want assurances or I would have to be in favor of a boycott.

    Here is another way to look at it:
    If we press Russia to change their laws by holding the Olympics hostage, we will lose that battle.
    But if we press them to give us assurances for our own people and only concerning the Olympics... that is a battle we would win.
    You're right, we couldn't back down if that were to happen. I believe it would not take a war to resolve, though. Russia would lose in so many ways worldwide, that even Putin the thug would know better.
    If you claim sexual harassment to be wrong, yet you defend anyone on your side for any reason,
    then you are a hypocrite and everything you say on the matter is just babble.

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    Re: Should the US Boycott the Russian Olympics?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    With all the controversy around a new Russian law against homosexual "propaganda", some are calling for the US to boycott the 2014 winter Olympics in Russia. I don't think we should because it just punishes the athletes that have been training and preparing their whole lives.

    What do you think?
    You are absolutely right. The athletes have been preparing for this and for many it may be their only shot. That is why it is so important that the games are not given to filthy countries and corruption surrounding them is abolished. Everybody knows that these people are forced to go to a horrible place and support a terrible system because the local heavy paid enough illicitly to capture the vote. We should not do this too them.

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    Re: Should the US Boycott the Russian Olympics?

    Quote Originally Posted by TiredOfLife View Post
    The host country is threatening the athletes, and those who would report on and attend the games. Maybe they just don't want our gay kids to beat their straight ones but it doesn't matter, it isn't done, and when it is there is a problem, our problem now.
    No they aren't. They are asking that they not break the laws in Russia while there. It's really simple for them to not get in any trouble actually.

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