Tuesday, December 29, 2009


Whether or not someone actually tripped the Olympic torch bearer or not is a moot point.

Protest and public demonstrations are among the hallmarks of a free and open democratic society.

But the operative word is "peaceful."

You can stand anywhere you like, as far as I am concerned, and register your disagreement with public policy or the fashion of the day. This is healthy and to be invited and honored.

But the moment you start pushing and shoving and jostling and then worse, you have descended into Iran.

The Winter Olympics do have hold great interest for me.

I am unhappy with what I see as many suspensions of basic civil rights to further the mechanics of the The Games.

Finally, I just don't want to be inconvenienced by traffic nightmares for three weeks.

So, if the terrorists don't mind, I will fly away to Italy and come back when the hoopla has somewhat subsided.

But tripping Olympic torch bearers?

That's not legitimate disagreement.

That's sick.


Anonymous said...

I was'nt aware of this happening. There is a total lack of coverage by our local TV news concerning the Olympic Torch Relay. Shame on CTV and Global.
The only news I have seen of the Relay is on the CBC morning news at 600h.

Anonymous said...

Keith: They do a recap of where the torch is every day on Sportscentre on TSN. A little surprised CTV isn't on the ball...

For the record, I don't absolve the RCMP/Olympic Relay Support Team on this one. They both operate under a cloud of paranoia, and can see how incidents like this can get quickly out of hand.

In the words of Rodney King: "Can't we all just get along?"

Anonymous said...

David,I find myself in uncharted waters. For the first time I might not agree with you. Whike I would never promote physicak violence to protest the olympdicks I believe that by the time the party for the rich and famous is over many people will have been pushed to or past the point of that sort of action.

There is something sinister Nazi like about the whole olympic experience. IOC and Vanoc dont strike an image of what might be the best of humanitarian values. They barely stike an image of fair play or may the best man win. The image is of a spoiled tyrant that will have a party and to hell with anyone that might not agree or even like or support the party.
I hope Im wrong but I believe that when its all said and done neither pro nor anti olympic sides will have much to be proud of.

Anonymous said...

Amazing as always