Monday, April 14, 2008

The Olympic Question

President Bush is under some pressure to avoid the opening ceremonies at the Beijing Olympics to protest China's human rights record, particularly the oppression of the Tibetan people and culture.

I think Bush is pretty well committed to attending the ceremony, barring some particularly egregious incident. Bush does need to have some subtle way of showing his disapproval of China's human rights abuses, but Tibet is not necessarily the issue. The Chinese are especially sensitive to territorial issues, particularly Tibet and Taiwan.

I propose that Bush avoid the Tibet issue, but show his moxie by wearing a Team Darfur wristband.

It will soften the criticism of the activist crowd without touching the raw nerve of territorial issues.

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