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    Re: Should the US Boycott the Russian Olympics?

    Quote Originally Posted by TiredOfLife View Post
    There are more important things than going to the Olympics. It would suck for them but that happens sometimes when you are being patriotic and standing up for what your country stands for.
    I am a patriot, but that does not include boycotting with every special interest group around. I'm sorry, but people with your attitude are the reasons why people choose to hate such groups.

    It isn't what you choose in life, but how you wish to push your agenda on others.

    I'm sorry to say this, but I despise such pursuits when trying to force upon others. You have such contempt for others that you should receive the same.

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    Re: Should the US Boycott the Russian Olympics?

    Quote Originally Posted by DiAnna View Post
    So... you don't care if USA athletes have their dreams dashed as long as every other country's athletes have their dreams dashed too, and the games are shut down? Not very sporting of you.
    You misunderstand me. I say we should go and if Russia causes problems then it is Russia's problem and the Olympic Committee can decide to cancel the Olympics due to Russia's interference with the competitors in the games.
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    Re: Should the US Boycott the Russian Olympics?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow Serious View Post
    You misunderstand me. I say we should go and if Russia causes problems then it is Russia's problem and the Olympic Committee can decide to cancel the Olympics due to Russia's interference with the competitors in the games.
    You are correct, I did misunderstand you. Apologies, and thanks for the clarification.

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    Re: Should the US Boycott the Russian Olympics?

    Quote Originally Posted by TiredOfLife View Post
    There are more important things than going to the Olympics. It would suck for them but that happens sometimes when you are being patriotic and standing up for what your country stands for.

    I say we should take stand for what our country stands for by going.
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    Re: Should the US Boycott the Russian Olympics?

    Not only no, but heck no.
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    Re: Should the US Boycott the Russian Olympics?

    Quote Originally Posted by Spriggs05 View Post
    The Olympics is a sporting competition. Politics should not be involved. It was hosted fine in China wasn't it?
    The Olympics have always been used as a political tool whether people realized it or not - especially during the Cold War. Not to say that we should boycott the games (i think it'd be stupid) but political considerations are always beneath the surface.
    Nobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.

    Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.

    All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
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    Re: Should the US Boycott the Russian Olympics?

    I would be concerned about Russian coaches that defected from Russia years ago going back but that is about all.

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    Re: Should the US Boycott the Russian Olympics?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    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.
    We have a secret wqeapon to send in to rescue any athletes that would be taken in this manner.

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