Vancouver 2010: I Believe (My thoughts on Protests)
I believe in free speech
I believe in personal freedom and the rights of individuals to freedom of expression.
I believe that we all have the right to life and liberty, the right to pursue our dreams
That Being Said:
I do not believe that the protesters in Vancouver...the ones dressed in black are here to do anything but to cause trouble. Their actions during the past few days have demonstrated that...the destruction of property, the spitting on police, the disruption of the torch run, throwing of objects etc ....all show their true purpose..
They are not engaging in peaceful protests, but the disruption and negation of the rights of others to enjoy the olympic games.
Perhaps those arrested and convicted should bear the cost of the police presence that is required to control their childish behaviour
These athletes who have made it to the Olympics have spent thousands of hours in training, given up social and family time, as well as a great deal of their personal finances to follow their dreams...
I admire them.....they have courage and determination... far beyond what I could ever have or for that matter most of us.... they have faced injuries, psychological and emotional testing, attacks upon their personal will to succeed and yet they have persevered and here thet are.
These athletes are true heroes. Compare them to those protesters that cover their faces, arm themselves with marbles and spittle, and show no regard for anyone but themselves...
.If you are afraid to show your face, may I ask why? You look like the terrorists in foreign countries, not peaceful protesters.
I believe that the people of Vancouver, and the people of the world will ignore these fools and remain focused on the spirit and achievements of the athletes and those who have made the dream of these games a reality
I trust that the media will do the same