L. Ling-chi Wang urges restraint when the Olympic torch visits San Francisco:
Even if the protesters succeed in using the Olympics to score political points, they will be setting a precedent and run the risk of turning this honored event into a special-issues sideshow – where promoters of every pet issue will seize the opportunity for exposure of their cause. Interest in the goals and spirit of the Olympics will fade, and the international community will be the poorer for it.
Ling-chi Wang is a professor emeritus of ethnic studies at UC Berkeley.
(Via Joseph L.)