"The crisis will end when fear changes sides" - Pablo Iglesias Turrión
"Austerity is used as a cover to reconfigure society and increase inequality and injustice." - Jeremy Corbyn
In the first place you are depriving athletes who have worked their asses off to get a chance to represent their country and earn a medal for themselves and the USA. When you boycott they may lose their chance to some new, young up and comer four years down the road and never get the opportunity they worked for.
In the second place, it's our chance to show up the country we are having a dispute with. Historical example? The Berlin Olympics in Nazi Germany.
Finally, participation in the Olympics is an honor not to be tossed aside lightly, as in used as a political coin to embarass a country. Only ends up making us look like idiots to the rest of the world.
If I stop responding it doesn't mean I've conceded the point or agree with you. It only means I've made my point and I don't mind you having the last word. Please wait a few minutes before "quoting" me. I often correct errors for a minute or two after I post before the final product is ready.
I do want to update this though so some may reconsider their earlier opinions. Mine continues to be that they should move the olympics or ban team russia. I see this as no different from the gestapo. In fact, many of the thugs are 'neo nazis' and murders, with no legal repercussions, continue to take place.
Last edited by chromium; 08-17-13 at 03:38 AM.
Should we boycott? Hell no. Where is the respect for other culture's values?