Tibet was independent until it was conquered by the Mongols in the 13th century. It was unified with China by an act of force. If you think that that is ancient history, the Anglo-Irish problem dates back to about the same era...
Elvi posted this link as reference
let me ask you... the America Indian claimed the lands they held sacred to them as given by the great spirit... but it mattered not by the people across the seas. They just pushed them aside and even disregard their belief systems.
I see it similar in Tibet... their way of life and beliefs are being pushed aside by the Chinese who see only strategic value of Tibet, disregard centuries of tradition and religious belief.
I didn't say I thought it was right, we have done this to people and cultures all over the world and we are still seeing people suffering for it. I just have some problem to point out that this problem with Tibet would be of greater importance than other people's struggles. Every people's fight for freedom and democracy is equal importance and I'm sorry to say I don't think that giving Tibet self-ruling is the best thing for the area, not even the Dala Lama seems to think that.
I can take other parts of the world that also should be divided if we are to follow this line of thoughtsÖ Brazil, USA, Mexico, Russia, Great Britain, France, Spain, Sweden, Australia, too many countries to count in AfricaÖ and so on.
As for the boycott idea, I think the best thing would to go to China compete and celebrate OS as it should be celebrated BUT it is the politicians that are to take advantage of the situation and actually talk to China, isolate countries and people have never worked (see North Korea)Ö not really. Donít know if South Africa is an exception to that rule though.