Nicholas Kristof, op-ed columnist for the New York Times, yesterday began a "shaming
When Mr. Kristof calls the Beijing Games "genocide Olympics," he mentions no words about the 1936 Berlin Olympics, in which the
Further, I am surprised that Mr. Kristof, who writes about
Speaking of human nature, here's a small but illustrative incident:
One day, when I finished shopping in the local Stop & Shop, several heavy bags in my hands, my exit was blocked. A middle-aged man was standing in the middle of the narrow doorway talking on a cell phone. I waited for a few moments. He glanced at me but did not make a move. I finally said, "Excuses me, why do you stand in the door?" The man turned to me and said, "Fuck you, foreign lady!"
His wife, who was still in the store with a child, rushed over and pushed him out of my way. I heard the wife say, "She's right. You shouldn't stand in the door." The husband replied, "But she could have asked nicely!"
Apparently my accusing tone toward the man did not help. It only angered him.
A country is much like a person, only its reaction could be longer lasting and have higher impact.
I, too, want a better situation in
Weapons are for killing. Any country selling weapons to any other country is a shame, be it the
A more effective approach to restrain international weapon sales might be to establish an international treaty, much like the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. If so, the first question that comes to mind is, would the
By the way, I am not an advocate of the Beijing Olympics, for reasons I give in another journalism piece, "Beijing Olympic Boycott Over Burma Will Only Alienate Chinese People."