[FoRK] Arrogance of Olympian proportions
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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