Today the Olympic flame will make its way through San Fransisco. It would probably be more accurate to say that it will be rushed through San Fransisco as fast as possible with city and Olympic officials crossing their fingers that no one gets hurt in the process.
I don't think the ISO were in their right mind when they decided to hold the Olympic in Beijing. Its obvious that the Government of China is making the most of their moment in the spot light and trying their hardest to manipulate media coverage to make themselves look good. So, I don't really have a problem with people protesting at Chinese embassies around the world and demanding the political changes they would like China to make.
I do, however have a problem with a torch bearer pulling out because they feared for their safety. They aren't caring the torch for China, they are caring it for the Olympics. It is not China's torch it is the Olympic torch. Can we separate the two? Today I decided that I can. The athletes that are competing this year are competing in the Olympics because they are fulfilling a dream to compete in the ultimate competition. To ask them to give up that dream or fear for their safety because of politics goes against the whole spirit of the Olympics, and may I add... the protests.