Roger L. Simon

Spielberg Ankles Olympics - Good for him!

Once more showing himself to be a true fighter against genocide (Schindler’s List) and not an addled apologist for terror (Munich), Steven Spielberg has walked out on the Beijing Olympics for a good reason:

“I have made repeated efforts to encourage the Chinese government to use its unique influence to bring safety and stability to the Darfur region of Sudan,” Spielberg wrote. “Although some progress has been made …the situation continues to worsen and the violence continues to accelerate.”

“With this in mind, I find that my conscience will not allow me to continue with business as usual,” he added. “At this point, my time and energy must be spent not on Olympic ceremonies, but on doing all I can to help bring an end to the unspeakable crimes against humanity that will continue to be committed in Darfur.”

Right on, as we used to say. I don’t it was intentional, but this is a fitting salute to Cong. Tom Lantos who died yesterday and had his own things to say about the reactionary Chinese government.