your daughter’s (olympic) graduation

“…those concerns about China’s human rights are legitimate and justified, but this is not the right time to over blow it into serious confrontation. …… to highlight these problems in the run up to the Olympics is inappropriate. It’s like on your daughter’s graduation ceremony, one of your friends tries to point out the fact that she is actually three months pregnant and doesn’t know who is the baby’s father.”

Great analogy! Unfortunately though, there are a whole bunch of people who are absolutely determined to use this moment to bring their concerns about Tibet, Darfur, human rights etc etc to the attention of the world. They see this as their only opportunity to exert pressure on Beijing and not only will laugh and point and catcall at your daughter, they’ll claim to have impregnated her themselves if it gets people to take notice.

again, from the time: blog.


2 comments to “your daughter’s (olympic) graduation”

  • Swiss James says:

    that is a good analogy, but I found that blog hard to read-

    “No one on France demonstrated outside KFC or whatever when the U.S. Congress did the Freedom Fries thing”

    this guy writes for TIME but he sounds like a 14 year old girl updating her MySpace page.

  • ana says:

    maybe because english is not my native language, i didn’t much attention to it. but now that you mention it, it’s true, there are bits like that everywhere! :S argh.

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