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Occam Bandage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-09-08 02:37 PM
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15. The Chinese mother has a pretty good point.
Tibet was a theocratic serfdom before the Chinese takeover. China's political-rights record is monstrous, but Tibet was hardly a great place to be beforehand. While human rights remain squashed and political dissent is forbidden, literacy, lifespan, and income have all increased markedly under Chinese rule--and the Chinese are, with the exception of their stance towards the Dalai Lama (and horrifyingly overreactive responses to violent protests), far more protective of Tibetan culture than most countries are their minority groups.

The Chinese are generally pretty darn respectful of all their minority groups, and they do attempt to lower poverty rates for all people, Han or not. On the other hand, they take absolutely any claim of political or moral authority to be a declaration of war. It's not a simple good/bad situation.
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  - I have no intention of watching  DebbieCDC   Jul-09-08 01:38 PM   #1 
  - K&R  Growler   Jul-09-08 01:38 PM   #2 
  - In a purely nonpolitical move, I won't be watching.Boring, boring, boring. nt  Vinca   Jul-09-08 01:39 PM   #3 
  - the Olympics are irrelevant since they were politicized by Hitler  provis99   Jul-09-08 01:47 PM   #4 
  - I'm Looking Forward To Seeing The Opening Ceremony On HDTV  Better Believe It   Jul-09-08 01:51 PM   #5 
  - Another excellent reason not to watch..  Virginia Dare   Jul-09-08 02:27 PM   #11 
  - Most People Are Not Paying Attention To The Mythical "Boycott Movement"  Better Believe It   Jul-09-08 03:16 PM   #16 
     - Great, and be prepared to bow to your Chinese masters..  Virginia Dare   Jul-10-08 08:36 AM   #26 
  - I'm sure Bush agrees with China on the evils of the Dalai Lama.  Ignis   Jul-09-08 05:16 PM   #24 
  - What's funny is how this article sneers at the Chinese for blaming the DL  bean fidhleir   Jul-09-08 02:03 PM   #6 
  - Done. The Olympics are boring as fuck  Mojambo   Jul-09-08 02:10 PM   #7 
  - Not watching one minute of it..  Virginia Dare   Jul-09-08 02:25 PM   #8 
  - Can't I at least watch the taped human-interest pieces  KamaAina   Jul-09-08 02:25 PM   #9 
  - I never watch the Olympics anyway. Doesn't interest me.  RebelOne   Jul-09-08 02:26 PM   #10 
  - Faux News owns the cameras for the US media market on the Olympics  Robbien   Jul-09-08 02:27 PM   #12 
  - No Problem  ComtesseDeSpair   Jul-09-08 02:30 PM   #13 
  - I used to love watching the Olympics but...  RufusTFirefly   Jul-09-08 02:37 PM   #14 
  - The Chinese mother has a pretty good point.  Occam Bandage   Jul-09-08 02:37 PM   #15 
  - George W. Bush has a good point. The US' political rights record is monstrous, but IRAQ was hardly  Romulox   Jul-10-08 08:59 AM   #27 
  - I had already decided that when they closed down factories to improve air quality  WakeMeUp   Jul-09-08 03:22 PM   #17 
  - Wasn't going to, anyway  ForrestGump   Jul-09-08 03:27 PM   #18 
  - Here's a useful page. Hint, hint.  Commie Pinko Dirtbag   Jul-09-08 03:30 PM   #19 
  - Busholini will be there to represent America.  Disturbed   Jul-09-08 03:52 PM   #20 
  - Unless Dalai Lama asks, I'll enjoy watching it, esp. Opening Ceremony.  philly_bob   Jul-09-08 04:08 PM   #21 
  - I wouldn't anyway  Oeditpus Rex   Jul-09-08 04:13 PM   #22 
  - Viewership drops with every Olympics..especially the ones many time-zones away.  SoCalDem   Jul-09-08 04:45 PM   #23 
  - I will watch - my friend made the team and will be competing. Olympics SHOULD be non-political  aspergris   Jul-09-08 06:36 PM   #25 
  - If you support a candidate that supports "free trade" with China, where is there room to complain?  Romulox   Jul-10-08 09:01 AM   #28 
  - I will be watching the Olympics beginning to end.  Bleachers7   Jul-10-08 09:02 AM   #29 
  - What about the Butchers of Washington?  The Stranger   Jul-10-08 09:03 AM   #30 

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