Thursday, April 10, 2008
Who Could Have Foreseen This?
If you haven’t been living under a rock recently, you’ve heard about the whole “Olympic Torch fiasco.”
There was a time when hosting the torch relay was an honour, a source of civic pride.
Not in San Francisco.
Things started poorly last week when Supervisor Chris Daly introduced a resolution critical of China. He openly encouraged citizens to be on the streets and to show disdain for the Chinese government during the torch relay. Politicians in other cities likely would have discouraged their citizens from protesting, but not in San Fran. No sir - protesting and rallies are the city’s backbone.
Despite the calls for politicians to disrupt the relay, it was the politicians who duped the protesters. They changed the route! See, it’s all a big joke to them. Get the protesters all riled up, tell them where they should be and then BOOM! Trick them! Brilliant I say, simply brilliant!