Bush to Attend Olympic Opening Ceremonies

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown won't be there. Neither will Germany's Angela Merkel. France's Nicolas Sarkozy says he will await the outcome of neogiations between the Chinese and the Dahli Lama - talks that are not going well at all which he means that the French President also will likely join the boycott by western leaders of the opening ceremonies of the Chinese Olympic games.

But evidently, not
President Bush:

US President George W Bush will attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, the White House says.

Human rights groups and opposition politicians including presidential hopeful Barack Obama had urged Mr Bush to consider boycotting the ceremony.

Beijing's rights record has come under intense scrutiny since Tibetan protests were suppressed in March.

Troops used force to quell the biggest anti-China demonstrations in Tibetan communities for two decades.

Beijing says rioters killed about 20 people in the unrest, but exiled Tibetan groups accuse security forces of killing scores of protesters.

Indeed, according to some independent human rights groups, the Chinese crackdown cost the lives of close to a thousand Tibetans and perhaps many more.

But this doesn't seem to matter to our President who is going anyway to "support the athletes." Does this mean that Brown et al don't support them? And how can the leader of the free world hand the Communist regime in China a propaganda coup?

I have my own not very flattering thoughts about
Bush's decision here.


British Prime Minister Gordon Brown won't be there. Neither will Germany's Angela Merkel. France's Nicolas Sarkozy says he will await the outcome of neogiations between the Chinese and the Dahli Lama - talks that are not going well at all which he means that the French President also will likely join the boycott by western leaders of the opening ceremonies of the Chinese Olympic games.

But evidently, not
President Bush:

US President George W Bush will attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, the White House says.

Human rights groups and opposition politicians including presidential hopeful Barack Obama had urged Mr Bush to consider boycotting the ceremony.

Beijing's rights record has come under intense scrutiny since Tibetan protests were suppressed in March.

Troops used force to quell the biggest anti-China demonstrations in Tibetan communities for two decades.

Beijing says rioters killed about 20 people in the unrest, but exiled Tibetan groups accuse security forces of killing scores of protesters.

Indeed, according to some independent human rights groups, the Chinese crackdown cost the lives of close to a thousand Tibetans and perhaps many more.

But this doesn't seem to matter to our President who is going anyway to "support the athletes." Does this mean that Brown et al don't support them? And how can the leader of the free world hand the Communist regime in China a propaganda coup?

I have my own not very flattering thoughts about
Bush's decision here.