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    Re: Should the US Boycott the Russian Olympics?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyrylek View Post
    Putin is what he is, but a new Lenin or Stalin he is not. There will be no knocks on the door in the middle of the night. Not their style.
    Well, we know that there are officially sanctioned violent attacks on gays in the daylight. Perhaps I just got the time of day wrong.

    To the point: Russia is not Spain, not America, not even Argentina. It is Russia. OK, I am a Pole who grew up in Russia, it was not a jar of honey, my bias is obvious. Still: I will go out on a limb here and say: If tomorrow there will be a referendum on whether to restore the Soviet-time criminalization of homosexuality, 75% of Russians will vote Yes.
    I've no doubt that's true, so how would you try to change their minds?

    Americans and Europeans parading on the Russian soil in support of gay rights, of all things? In a country where nobody is sure whether they have any rights at all?
    Why "of all things"? It's a fairly central issue of universal relevance. It directly affects anywhere between 4 and 15 million Russians who are living under severe and brutal repression. We've seen what happens to anyone who self-identifies as LGBT in Russia. As a LGBT activist in Russia I'd be delighted to see just a little bit of the heavy lifting done by the international community. I wouldn't expect it to have an immediate impact, as the actions of the early LGBT movement elsewhere in the world didn't, but bit by bit Russians will learn that the civilised attitude to take is the opposite path to the one they are on now. If they get embarrassed at their own showcase because of their brutality against gays then it could have some major positive benefit.
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    Re: Should the US Boycott the Russian Olympics?

    Part of the whole point behind the Olympics is to foster better understanding between countries with a format void of politics.

    Ok, now back to the real world... but we should still try.
    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 Gardener View Post
    Neither their bidding on the Olympics nor the acceptance of the bid had anything to do with their politicized announcement. The announcement was the political act, undertaken in order to intimidate.
    : Just a case of leaders muscle-flexing for the cameras, IMO. :

    Good afternoon, Gardener.

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    Re: Should the US Boycott the Russian Olympics?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyrylek View Post
    No. American sportsmen should not be used as pawns in any political game. They are not government employees.

    Also, in this particular case, such boycott will play straight into the hands of the Putinist authorities. While the vast majority of Russians were extremely unhappy about the Afghan War, the vast majority of Russians are less than comfortable with gay rights, to put it mildly. It would be foolish to reinforce the idea that gay rights are a part of "Western cultural genocide program" (an actual phrase I've heard from a Russian intellectual - not a sympathizer of Putin, and certainly not a Communist)
    Excellent post!

    Good afternoon, cyrylek!

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    Re: Should the US Boycott the Russian Olympics?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher View Post
    4) Winter Olympics suck anyway. But for curling that makes me think "You know, you could maybe still be an Olympic athlete one day", I would not watch
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    Good point.
    I also feel that I could dominate curling on the int'l level.
    Not much cost involved either.....a broom fer crissakes???
    On a side note, the womens' curling involves skin-tight bodysuits!!
    The 2010 Canadian captain was a knockout!
    Oh, yeah....no boycott.
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    Re: Should the US Boycott the Russian Olympics?

    Quote Originally Posted by Artevelde View Post
    I think you've missed my point. I oppose a boycott because it would be stupid.
    Got it. I thought you were addressing me. My remark regarding Obama and Putin was tongue in cheek, but I also wanted to point out their similarities.

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    Re: Should the US Boycott the Russian Olympics?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tigger View Post
    YES, but not beacuse of the "homosexual" issue or Mr. Snowden's presence. The US should be boycotting ALL foreign athletic events... The World Cup, The Olympics, etc... because they inspire interaction with foreign people in foreign lands.
    that has to be even more stupid than the comments that demand a bunch of athletes be sacrificed to pander to a loudly yapping group of extremists.



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    Re: Should the US Boycott the Russian Olympics?

    What exactly is the outrage over?

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    Re: Should the US Boycott the Russian Olympics?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dapper Andy View Post
    What exactly is the outrage over?
    Ya got me. I had more outrage with windowdressing labeling everyone homophobes for absolutely no reason.

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    Re: Should the US Boycott the Russian Olympics?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    I think we ought to stop trying to change the cultures of other countries and let them fight their own battles -- just as we've fought ours. Outside of genocide, we ought to keep our noses out of other people's struggles.

    "I would rather be exposed to the inconvenience of too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it." Thomas Jefferson

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