#105 olympic torch reached mt everest

The Olympic Torch reached Qomolongma on Mt Everest on May 8th:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/7389231.stm 

Though less fanfare to prevent unnecessary ‘rattles’, I’m grateful to witness the spirit of tenacity, fortitude and courage of the athletes to make the way up the mountain at 3am (?)early morning.

A time for celebration…wishing peace and prosperity reign in Tibet and surrounding provinces and countries of Mt Everest, the highest mountain in the world.

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#70

Yikes…I read Archbishop Desmond Tutu chipped in his bit mixing politics and sports in San Francisco! What and why is a religious leader participating protest in urging boycott for the Olympic Games?! (Sic!)

SAN FRANCISCO — Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu said Tuesday he supported international protests surrounding the Olympic torch and urged world leaders to boycott the games’ opening ceremony in Beijing over China’s human rights record.

The retired Anglican archbishop from South Africa also called on China to negotiate with the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader and fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner, who is seeking autonomy for Tibet.

Tutu praised protesters who have put themselves on the line in Paris, San Francisco and elsewhere to protest last month’s crackdown in Tibet, which claimed as many as 140 lives.

In particular, he applauded three climbers who hung pro-Tibet banners Monday from the Golden Gate Bridge. (Los Angeles Times April 9, 2008)

 

What would my Lord Jesus Christ say to this? Jesus Christ set His face on the cross to redeem and reconcile man to God and He did not use the political platform!

I hope and pray the Chinese and Tibetan authorities will be wise in handling those who would disrupt the Olympic Torch and not take the hard line on those protestors.

I hope the Tibetans will claim the significance of that the Olympic Torch stands for — peace, unity and hope. May the flame of peace, unity and hope shines brightly there. May the Tibetans respond and claim from the Chinese authorities that is rightly theirs in a congenial way. I suspect many Tibetans do not know the significance  of the Olympic Torch…if they did, they dampened their rights!

In January when I was visiting China traveling freely, I received vibes from the locals — they wonder about their enjoyment of openness to the world after the Olympic Games. Now I understand a little of their concern.

I certainly hope those of us in the open world will not put the Chinese in a difficult position…

#68

images taken from bbc.com

Now, now, now…I see whichever way the China government takes, there will be criticisms and dissensions. Nothing new!

Now the issue is about the presence of the blue uniform guardians of the flame…a respect on the part of the host country is construed as displaying her ‘superpower’.

What about those who fly their national flags in the ‘crowd’ in foreign soil? So the protestors are allowed? Haha…

Human beings have a way of politicising almost anything at their convenience to throw their weight around. Making a mountain of a molehill? Nitpicking?

I’m not surprised in the light of criticisms, the Olympic Torch might not get to Canberra, Australia, at all…to the glee of many!

The representation of the Olympic Torch was for unity, hope and peace has been disregarded and dishonored.

Man certainly has a way of contradicting self…do we know what we want?

 

#67

I love watching the Olympic Games. Every country that hosted the Games have always been the best…the joys and jubilance. The athletes and sportspersons are a great inspiration…their persistence, diligence and fortitude in perfecting their skills! Oh what joy to watch the display of their talents!

However, I felt sick viewing the footages of protests on the Olympic Torch relay. This is sheer folly and downright disrespecting the sportsmanship and spirit of the Olympic Games.

I agree these words expressed by…

Swedish IOC member Gunilla Lindberg said the protests were “damaging the Olympic movement”…

…”Using the torch this way is almost a crime. This is the property of the IOC, it is not a Chinese torch.”

 

Personally, what has the championing for human rights got to do with the Olympic Torch relay? By boycotting the Olympic Games, will this bring peace or free Tibet? I wonder…how naive indeed!

What do the protestors want? What do they want to achieve? Is this human right?

They’ve just displayed a violating of human rights themselves by their sickening behavior!

How do they propose to ‘free Tibet’ when they are so angry, violent and chaotic at the different venues of the countries the Olympic Torch graced?

The Torch represents hope, unity and peace. 

I believe this is what the protestors want but…their very presence and actions contradict that the Torch stood for.

Have the protestors missed the mark by being so aggressive and angry? Have they not mocked themselves?

 

#66

The Olympic Torch is a symbol for peace.

Let this symbol of peace be on the land of Tibet and countries that it travels to.

Peace and prosperity is what the Tibetans need and want.

I hope this Olympic Torch will shine brightly at the Olympic Games in Beijing, the capital city of China.

May peace reign wherever this Torch is lit.

 

#65

The Olympic Torch is a symbol for peace.

Looking at the pictures (unfortunately I’ve not been able to post pictures on my blog),  the faces of protestors looked agitated and angry…these show they are not peace protestors. They’re more agitators. Protests always bring the worst out of the human beings, no matter how peaceful!

The London and Paris leg of the Olympic Relay give a good indication why the Chinese authorities have to quell the protest groups brewing in China.

Where are the leaders of the human rights organisations now that such chaos and unhappiness created in London and Paris? Are these leaders happy to see such sights? Are these leaders encouraging such unrests and unhappiness?

Where is the Dalai? Is he happy to see such rallying behind him on Tibet? Is this what his religion want and calling for such?

I imagine when this Torch arrives in the US, we shall see more interesting sights of unrests and chaos!

So some political leaders are calling for peace talk… Can peace talks reach any concensus at such short time? I’ve yet to read of peace talks reaching consensus under such circumstances! 

The protestors in Paris claim a win but are they? Where is the win-win?

Using the Olympic Games platform to air the national grievances of Tibet is sheer folly…under the banner of human rights? What is human rights in all this chaos and unrests and agitation?

Are these protestors trying to snuff out the Olympic Torch for peace?