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taking all sides, taking no sides

I support the boycott of Beijing Olympics because of China’s treatment of Tibet, its censorship of Dalai Lama, and its countless non-compliance with humanitarian principles… but I live in the USA and partake in all the benefits of being a US citizen… benefits that are, in some way related to the fact that the USA is the only country to have used a weapon of mass destruction (not once, but twice!).

Do I really have the right to judge, to take a side? Is there any nation on earth that has not violated humanitarian rights? Does it not count if it was 50 years ago or a 100 years ago? Where, in time, is the line of judgment drawn?

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