Monday, January 14, 2008

Make a difference and tell a friend

Thanks Suren for sending me this email. I couldn't agree more. Please send it to 10 people to make a difference.

Dear Friend:

Every four years the world looks forward to the Olympics because it is the grand stage that showcases the world’s best sporting talent. The Olympics also brings the world together as one because it is the celebration of the free spirit, international brotherhood and freedom.

Unfortunately, the Beijing Olympics 2008 has come under a cloud because it goes against the basic Olympic spirit of one world, and its gross violations of Human Rights. The communist regime was granted the right to host the Olympic Games after it pledged to adhere to the Olympic charter and improve its human rights record. Instead, its human rights abuses have worsened.

The regime’s brutal violation of human rights is demonic. An estimated 100 million Falun Gong practitioners and their families are subject to the most inhuman persecution. (Falun Gong is a mind and body spiritual practice which is practiced in over 80 countries but is banned in China).The communist regime uses Falun Gong and other prisoners of conscience as a living organ pool for its lucrative organ transplantation industry. It continues its brutal repression of Tibetan Buddhists, Christians, Uighurs, rights advocates, reporters and defense lawyers. And it supports other totalitarian regimes in perpetrating slaughter upon their citizens –- in Darfur, Burma, Zimbabwe, and North Korea.

The same regime that produces hazardous goods that harm or kill children and uses slave labor to produce those goods, lies about SARS and bird flu, and systematically perpetrates forced abortion, torture, brainwashing, and killing. With no rule of law, and money as the only religion, jungle law prevails. Ruthlessness and widespread corruption have created a morally bankrupt state that imperils the world.

Please ask yourself, does a regime responsible for such atrocities be awarded the honor of hosting the Olympic Games? The world cannot afford to repeat the mistakes of the 1936 Berlin Olympics hosted by the Nazis.

No athlete wants a black out of a sporting event that is an ultimate dream. It is precisely this aspect that the Chinese communist regime wants to exploit. For a Kenyan Olympian and marathon world-record holder, to save her people from a home turned into a killing field is more important than winning gold. She has called for a boycott of the Olympics. And so have a lot of like minded athletes from all over the world joining in to appeal.

It will be prudent for the Chinese Communist Party not to shrug off this issue. Because, in a similar scenario where human rights were trampled, the 1980 Moscow Olympics was boycotted by no less than 67 nations out of 147 nations to compete.

So if you feel the outrage, remember to copy this email and send it to least 10 people and also send it to the President, Hon. Jacques Rogge, President, International Olympics Committee:

You will be giving Mr. Jacques Rogge a chance to make amends and reconsider his decision. He will at least not have to live with a regret all his life and you will help him change the course of history and save himself from being branded an 'Enemy of the People'.

OLYMPIC WATCH: Human Rights in China and Beijing 2008

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