[FoRK] Arrogance of Olympian proportions

Jeff Bone jbone at place.org
Thu Aug 26 10:25:17 PDT 2004

One would think that true conservatives / fiscal conservatives might  
have the same reaction to the "Victory" ad that I did:  first, why is  
it in America's self-interest that Afghanistan and Iraq are  
participating, and second:  who the fuck is paying for their  
participation?  Sorry, King George, colonialism went the way of the  
dodo a while ago.  How about a little focus on America for a change?

Anyway, here's some bits on the ensuing controversy.



No gold for George

The Republicans have arranged their convention to take maximum  
political advantage of Sept. 11. They'd best hope it works better than  
their plan to capitalize on the Olympics did.

Just before the games began, the Bush-Cheney campaign released an  
advertisement -- "Victory" -- trumpeting the participation of the newly  
"free nations" Iraq and Afghanistan in the Olympics as just one more  
benefit of the Bush administration's global war on terror. Matt  
Drudgereported that Bush was even contemplating a surprise trip to  
Athens to watch his Iraqi team in action.

The Iraqi athletes weren't pleased, and they made it clear that they  
don't view Bush as their liberator. "Iraq as a team does not want Mr.  
Bush to use us for the presidential campaign," Iraqi soccer player  
Salih Sadir told SI.com . "He can find another way to advertise  
himself." Another player, Ahmed Manajid, said of Bush: "How will he  
meet his god having slaughtered so many men and women? He has committed  
so many crimes."

Now Bush is getting the brushback treatment at home, too. Reuters is  
reporting that the U.S. Olympic Committee has asked the Bush-Cheney  
campaign to pull the "Victory" ad because it "hijacks" the Olympic  
brand. An official with the International Olympic Committeesaid:"The  
arrogance is unbelievable. To use the Olympic name like this, without  
permission . . . it's just incredible."

If this is the response Bush gets from the Olympics movement, we can  
only imagine what he's going to hear next week from the 9/11 families.

-- Tim Grieve

[08:12 PDT, Aug. 26, 2004] 

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