Indeed, people usually have good conscience, but are politically unwise (sometimes I want to say stupid). One of my colleague, who is a Phd canditate on political philosophy asked me why a boycott of Bejing game is not pleasible, as I told her that I think it’s a stupid idea. My response is that, even if you have a good heart to help Chinese people by pressing Chinese government to change, you have to take into account of possible consequences; that is, instead of taking a softer position, the government would inevitably tighten its control; and what’s more, the boycott would most probably ignite a widespread nationalism in China. Then what good could you according to your kind-heart-which a pretty much doubt on the government level-anyway? There is an arguement that the protest could send a message to Chinese people that the world is behind them in subverting the Chinese regime. But that’s higly political naive, simply because you actually cannot distinguish absolutely clearly between the government and the people. In other words, you cannot opposing the government without hurting the people. There is always a risk that ordinary people would see the message sent by ‘the world’ as ‘they hate us’, rather than ‘they are with us’. This is even not necessarily that people are basically irrational or -as always protrayed by western media- Chinese people has been brainwashed by their government; the fact is that it is the ordinary people-and unfortunately only them- who are to be really hurt by massive boycott against China, be it in case of WTO or Olymplic. I am not saying there should be no protest. But a massive boycott is anothere thing. I am just saying that before you support this kind of policy, you should think about what would really happen by these policies, just for logic’s sake. The most bizarre thing I see with the western media is actually not their biased reports about China, but its deliberate ignorance of the voice of those thousands of overseas Chinese -mostly students- present at the torch relay to stand for a positive image of the torch and their own country. Actually, as twofish said, they are the future of China. They are going to be at the table of futrual international forum. And if there is anyone who is going to change China’s political regime, it is still them. How could those medias not see that? Sadly, the medias are just interested in collecting the voice of protests to fill in their papers. I think they are pretty disappointed to see that so many Chinese at the spot were not to protest but to support. Here is what a CNN reporter Jack Jeffery said upon the Chiese supporters:”I think our relationship with China has certainly changed, but I think they are basically the same bunch of goons and thugs like they are for the past 50 years.” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=584D5fHB2H4) I don’t give a damn to racism, which is far too common in this world. Again as twofish said, it is the ignorance and self-blind that really brings danger. America went to war with Irap not upon racism, bu exactly upon self-deceivingly ignorance.