Thursday, April 10, 2008

THE OLYMPIC TORCH STARTS IN SAN FRAN TODAY, I SUPPORT ALL PROTESTS OF THE TORCH RELAY AND BOYCOTT OF THE GAMES IN BEJING..read below.

{Originally Posted 4.9.08 at 3am before Torch Protest}

It is a Matter of Human Rights.....
It is a Matter of Honoring All People....
It is a Matter of Truthtelling.....
It is a Matter of Conscience.....
It is a Matter of Fighting For People that Have NO one to fight for them.....
There are Many Ways to "Fight Back" Great Violence and Oppression.....
Good People being sacrificed by Great Powers.....Imprisoned and Killed.

It is a Matter of Humanity....
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(( I am Bhuddhist, a mother, a nurse.....and a World Citizen....I think Our Global Neighbors deserve Better...I have blogged before that I think the Olympics Should Be Boycotted....It is simple.....For I can not help but Wonder Where Will Monks be Murdered Next...First Burma...then Tibet....In these Countries the Monks also nurture the people, educate the young, and preserve the History and Libraries....and Violent Regimes are destroying the Culture and History....Escapees have compared living there to Auchwitz...I will be researching the SPONSERS of the Olympics, I realize Our Own Country, that is violating Rights here will never consider Boycotting....The Torch , the "Journey of Harmony" the Chinese has named the Torch Relay this - as part of their Propaganda Campaign. The Torch is being Used as a TOOL by the Chinese Government that their Repression be embraced and accepted by other Countries.The Torch bearers themselves should be shown respect- they do not know they are being used as a Propaganda Tool. I hope and pray that the Protests are Shown, that they are Peaceful ....but that Dissent is Allowed as Our Founding Fathers would have wanted. As a Country this is a Test regarding our Rights to Assemble and Protest......it is a Crumbling Right. ))

**[[ Click the Title: Video is called "Tibet: China Calling".....OTHER BLOGS from Blogroll that are Covering this Issue: Ramblings, TRex...]]**

16 comments:

Anon-Paranoid said...

Hi enigma.

Long time no see.

I have to disagree with you on this. The Olympics is suppose to be non political and if our Government really wanted to do something about China's abuses they would stop giving them most favored nation status in trade.

Sorry if this upsets you as I don't mean it too. Got to go, will try to check in again later this week. Been really tied up so not been online or blogging.

Take care and ...

God Bless you.

Dusty said...

E4E..I was looking for graphics for the Olympics and yours popped up..I am filching it and using it in my post at Sirens..its quite the visual.

As for the boycott..I fear it will not happen on Bush's watch..unless the athlete's do it individually.

Larry said...

The U.S has been taking the rights and freedoms away from Americans for the past several years, so a boycott in my mind would be showing the hypocrites the U.S government really is.

And China owns the U.S so the Bush/China connection is in full bloom.

enigma4ever said...

Larry:
I know that everything you say is soooo true- and we have a govt that does not appreciate Rights, and does Illegal Acts too...including Enemy Lists and Illegal Imprisonment.....

and yes, China is "owed".
And add to that Bush loves his Pageantry Moments- he will never miss his Moment....

Dusty:
You are welcome to the Symbol - I too am pretty sure I "Borrowed" it from Someone....ahem...So you are more than welcome to "borrow" too....and I know that the Boycott won't happen...I will be doing it here on my own- I will post the sponser list too...

AnonP:
I understand what you are saying...and I agree that the Olympics should not be Politically Effected.....or Controlled.....THIS is a matter of Human Rights- that is different- WOULD we have participated in the Olympics in the 1930's in Germany, IF WE HAD SEEN THE CONCENTRATION CAMPS ? ( It has always been said that Americans and Other Countries did not know people were being illegally Imprisoned).....This is about People being Killed and Imprisoned....It is a About a Country that Mistreats and kills and Imprisons IT"S OWN, and it's neighbors....and it is Wrong for ALL others to not even acknowleged the Oppressed, and Imprisoned....and I strongly feel that a Country that mistreats People, and abuses Human Rights should not be Host....( At this point I would have to add US to that List....due to Gitmo, Iraq, and Renditioning and the War Criminals at the Helm).

For me- this is not "Politics" , it is abour Human Rights.....

1PM CNN shows ProChinese "supporters" along the Route, god forbid that they should show the Protestors or People with Tibet Flags, one person with a Tibet Flag has been removed and arrested.....Ted Rowlands said FEDS have been brought in- REALLY? How could that be? Did the Governator call in the FEDS- is that even Legal?
I know SF has a large Chinese Community, but also large numbers of People that care about Rights....

I will update this thread....

enigma4ever said...

One Other Thought:
Let's Look at it another way, yes a Hypothetical....Suppose that A Country, ie Italy Invaded the Vatican ( hypothetical of course) and then they rounded up Priests, and imprisoned them, and even killed them.....Would that Cause Unrest and Outrage...YES..because the Catholic Religion and Catholics would rise up in Horror....but because it is Buddhists, and monks in Burma, and Tibet, the world says Nothing....?

SAN FRAN IS THE ONLY CITY THROUGH WHICH THE TORCH WILL PASS... ( wow...that's it? seems kind of skimpy....)

SPONSERS: COCA - COLA, GE,and SAMSUNG....

enigma4ever said...

On another Note , I have been debating the Photos of Dead Monks...I don't feel right dishonoring them by posting.....but maybe their deathes have already been dishonored- and maybe I should post- them maybe people would understand more and see it in another light....

Dusty said...

It's a personal decision E4E..I posted pics of the dead monks in Burma on my blog.

enigma4ever said...

6-6 brought up some other issues that I want to share....

(1)this same country has shipped Poisonous Toxic Foods and Drugs abroad- with no conscience- Should we trust them to feed and care for the Athletes ???....( Heparin, Dog and Cat Food , and Toys)

(2) Environmentally is this a Safe Place to Send Athletes ?

(3) What about ALL the People in China that are Homeless because of the Games ?China has removed Whole Ancient Villages and Homes...

(4) What about the MEdia Crackdown there ( ie Google and Youtube monitoring and control) has anyone thought that the Media will not be able to freely report WHAT is going on Within Country...they will merely be part of the Giant Propaganda Machine...

enigma4ever said...

Dusty:
Thank you for posting the Photos...I could not...thank you....as a Buddhist I say Thank you.....

enigma4ever said...

1:51 Pm....Update:

10,000 Protestors have shown up in California....This is the Only Torch relay that has ever Been Protested in Olympic History...

( Back in the 1990s my son got to touch the torch when it passed through Seattle...1996....I also was once an Athlete...so believe me I really do appreciate the Olympics....this is the First Boycott that I have ever supported....and because of the Times that we are In, Dark Times for Human Rights....it is all the more important ....but I also appreciate that it is a personal decision.....).

Lydia Cornell said...

I agree with you on this. So glad that people are out protesting. We all need to take it to the streets on every level.

When you watch the video "War Made Easy" you'll see why we are a war nation and you'll be astounded at how Nixon almost used nukes on Russia (he was dying to use them, but Kissinger said "No -- (the protests in the street are too big...") We CAN make a difference.

And thank you so much for the beautiful music video! Guggenheim Grotto... gorgeous. I needed that. Posted it on my blog. You have great taste in music.
Love,
Lyd

Christopher said...

The lineup of heavy hitters protesting the opening ceremonies is growing: the president of Germany, France and the Prime Minister of Britain, have all said they won't go.

Pressure is in Bush to boycott the opening ceremonies but my guess is, he will happily attend.

In life, we tend to be obedient to those people and institutions we owe money and the USA owes more to China than any other nation on earth.

enigma4ever said...

Christopher:
So today....He gave a statement about it " I encourage the Chinese Leadership to Have Dialogue with the Spiritual Leader" ....oye...

A few things about that- Does Bush realize that The Dali LLama is a Leader that is as revered as the Pope....that he should be protected and honored...that we should be offering him and his people protection? and that Bush said that China should "reach out"- yeah, that was his "phrase"- The Chinese Govt knows how to reach out- with Guns and Tanks....

I am glad that Other REAL Leaders England, France and Germany are stepping up and doing the Right thing- I was actually proud of Pelosi for meeting with the Dali and also for speaking out ( and yes, I know I am usually hard on her- but she did the right thing- and she showed Leadership)....

Lydia:
Thank you....The Footage shown shows people are pouring onto the Streets- I am so grateful- if I lived there I would too...( I used to live down South of Monterrey - 2004/2005.)...I would have taken my son if I still lived there...I have been saving photos and sent them to a friend to use in Posters.....that is my only way to contribute right now.....I am proud of the Californians for being brave and standing tall on those streets...

I can't wait to see War Made Easy ( people go to her site and also hear her Interview about this amazing film).....And you know me- anything that traces Nixon's Tentacles is on my radar...

CBS and ABC are both giving it Lead Coverage on EVE news....Even Fox showed it ( NBC - not so much, 7 minutes into broadcast)....the Route has been changed...10's of THOUSANDS showed up- the Police had to reroute the torch....NONE of the MEdia except FOX had the courage to show the HUGE aerials.....

I had to send the music- it was just sooooo soulful....beautiful- have to share.....Soulfood ;-)

Christopher said...

Bush is emotionally unbalanced these days, weeping and sobbing, as he realizes the end is almost here for his pathetic administration.

Bush is aware that historians will soon set upon him like a coyote on a rabbit, leaving little left as they devour him whole.

But be aware of Bush. He has nothing left to lose before he orders an attack on Iran. Why do you think he's left 160,000 U.S. troops on the border between Iraq and Iran?

enigma4ever said...

Chris:

"These days" he is unbalanced? ahem...I think he always was...jus sayin'.....

even at the end of July there will be 147,000 left there- Bush's toy army...oh how we should all worry.....

DivaJood said...

The Dali Lama is a World Leader in exile, not a Spiritual Leader per George Bush's condescending remark. And The Dali Lama wants Tibet to belong to Tibetans. China's absolute need to control a peaceful people makes no sense to me at all.