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Monday, August 16, 2004

This Olympic thing really bothers me

For instance, in the Guardian:
Officials of the sport's ruling body debated the possibility of sanctions against the entire Iranian judo team at an emergency meeting yesterday, after an Iranian world champion forfeited his match against an Israeli, apparently because of his country's refusal to compete against the Jewish state.

The officials could not reach a conclusion and new talks were scheduled for today.
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Since the 1979 Islamic revolution Iran has refused to recognise Israel's right to exist. The Iranian National Olympic Committee in Tehran yesterday issued a statement saying: "This is a general policy of our country, to refrain from competing against athletes of the Zionist regime, and Arash Miresmaeili has observed this policy."
When asked if it was the athlete's decision to pull out, a spokewoman replied: "No."
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The International Olympic Committee declined immediate comment, reluctant to intrude on such a sensitive political matter.
"This has not been brought to us as an issue and until it is we would not have any comment," said a spokeswoman for the IOC.

Let's see, wasn't there some other time in our living memory when the world was "reluctant to intrude"? And yet the Jewish people still bend over backward to try to please, gauging their self-interest according to, not what is just, but the desires of the "international community."

"We are heading into a disengagement plan that includes the evacuation of four Samaria settlements. This process is critical to reducing friction with the international community. We will have to evacuate more settlements in the future for this reason.

This isn't just, but it is necessary in order to remain a democratic Jewish state. The United States is virtually our only friend, but even the U.S. supports retreat to almost the 1967 borders." -- Ehud Olmert on Thursday.

Big mistake if you ask me.

But no one did. So I got a blog.

See also this article at Israel 21c about Israeli contributions to security at the Olympics.