Nonaction is also action
Steven Spielberg did something I admire: he pulled out of the Olympics because of the lack of progress in resolving the conflict in Darfur.Ã‚Â
As the biggest customer for Sudan’s oil, China has been the target of Darfur advocates for the better part of a year, much to the dismay of Chinese officials who have complained that the Games were being politicized.
“I find that my conscience will not allow me to continue with business as usual,” Spielberg said. “At this point, my time and energy must be spent not on Olympic ceremonies but doing all I can to help bring an end to the unspeakable crimes against humanity that continue to be committed in Darfur.”
Spielberg was to join a team led by Chinese director Zhang Yimou, but outside of a visit to Beijing a year ago, he had done little work on the event. He even noted in his statement that he has yet to sign a contract that the Beijing Organizing Committee sent to him a year ago.
“Sudan’s government bears the bulk of the responsibility for these ongoing crimes, but the international community, and particularly China, should be doing more to end the continuing suffering there,” Spielberg said in his statement. “China’s economic, military and diplomatic ties to the government of Sudan continue to provide it with the opportunity and obligation to press for change.”
“The situation has never been more precarious — and while China’s representatives have conveyed to me that they are working to end the terrible tragedy in Darfur, the grim realities of the suffering continue unabated,” Spielberg said.
Everything is political.Ã‚Â Always remember that.Ã‚Â Act in alignment with your beliefs and be willing to sacrifice for them.Ã‚Â Otherwise, what’s the point in having any?Ã‚Â Keep in mind that corrupt systems grow so quickly and copiously not because all people are corrupt, but because all people are corruptable. Enough good people yield and the power tips to the other side.Ã‚Â Don’t walk the line; be clear onÃ‚Â which side you’ve chosen based on what you do, not what you think.