Olympic Beef 

Olympic Beef

OK, so I'm watching the Olympic Opening Ceremony (yea - I do have that much time to blow) I do have to admit I channel surfered during the extremely stupid parts, but kudos for the fireworks at the end. Pretty cool. Anyway, I'm here relaxing when something really gets to me. All throughout the march of nations, much was made about the reception of the Americans, given the "world's disapproval" of the Iraqi Liberation. And you know what, I'm fine with that. They have the right to voice their opinion. (And BTW, the Greeks gave the Americans a very warm response) But this worldwide pandering is disgusting. We take the flags out of our athletes hands in an effort to soften our approach!?! After all we don't want offend anyone with our flag. OH PLEASE! Give me a break. Then comes my my major beef as the Iraq delegation marches in; the crowd gives a rousing welcome; and the announcers talk about what a great sports story this is and how much of a victory this is for Iraq and for the Olympics. OK, OK, I'm fine with that. But, excuse me, hello, anyone there; why is this not a victory for the US? Why are not these Iraqis a tribute to the Military of the United States? All we can talk about is how the world disaproves and how great it is to have Iraq back in the Olympics. You've got to be kidding me!! Can't anyone connect the dots? Why is it a crime to praise America? Why? I guess we'd rather have the Iraqi team tortured by Udai for not winning enough medals. I guess that is what the world wants; and without the US it'd be happening. Can't we be proud of America or is that somehow a violation of IOC regulations? Give America some credit, will ya??

Oh, and uh, while were on Olympic beefs, what's is with these communist country names? We all know about the People's REPUBLIC of China, but the REPUBLIC of Cuba and Lao People's DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC??? Come on! Who you guys trying to fool?

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Comment Note that it wasn't the crowd making a big deal about the "world disapproval" - it was the commentators. Personally, I would have loved to see Bob Costas and the ever perky Katie Couric be replaced by, say, Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter. Now that would have been fun to see.

Sat Aug 14, 2004 9:32 am MST by Tim

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