I just saw a CBSnews bit that quoted president Bush as saying:
"I happen to believe that not going to the opening ceremony for the games would be an affront to the Chinese people"
I can't help it, I have to say that maybe some good old fashioned insult is what's needed to get the Chinese government to pull their heads out and acknowledge that there's some serious issues that need to be dealt with. I am not a hamster, I fully understand that there's a lot of athletes that have worked hard to be involved in the Olympics, yet at the same time it seems like just popping on over like nothing's wrong and staying in their brand new condo hotels doesn't quite seem right either.
China wants to have this image of being a modern country that actually cares about their people, believes in freedoms and all that. Thing is, we don't see a lot of that. What we have seen is an enormous amount of "defective" products ranging from pet foods to children's toys that have been contaminated with lead and other deadly things. What we see is the "Great Firewall Of China" that works to prevent the Chinese people from accessing much of the Internet because it's content doesn't goosestep right along with the government's official party line.
It may be that a few carefully chosen and well placed insults might just sting enough of the right people badly enough for them to know that we're serious and some REAL progress needs to be made soon.