I'll put the rest of my little rant behind a cut...
Someone told me some girl had one a gold medal already and it made my stomach drop. I feel bad for the participants in this year's games that all their hard work will be tainted by the fact they are competing in China. Of course my response to this was something along the lines of, "That's nice - I wonder home many Tibetans died for that even to happen?" They responded with silence.
I just keep thinking of Palden Gyatso, who I met back in college when our SFT chapter hosted him coming to campus. I remember him only asking orange juice and wanting to know when we were going to protest at the state capital. I think of him suffering in a Chinese jail for 30 years - loosing all his teeth because of cattle prods being put in his mouth - and then I remember him as being such a happy, compassionate, and content individual.
I am scared of what I am going to say to the next person who tries to make small talk about the Olympics.