The International Olympic Committee: Promoters of Peace or a Committee of Ignorance

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The International Olympic Committee: Promoters of Peace or a Committee of Ignorance

Throughout the history of the modern Olympics, numerous countries have boycotted the games due to political and social outcries. However, in very few cases has the International Olympic Committee reversed the favor and refused to invite specific countries to the Olympics to compete. These countries have included Japan, Germany, and even South Africa. Recent events of the past four decades have caused a loud uproar among countries and even organizations to exclude the country of Iran from the 2012 Olympic Games in London. It is found to be an evident case that Iran is an example of a country that completely contradicts the Olympics’ purpose in a variety
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Although no action has been taken to petition Iran out of the Olympics, there are numerous motives for it to occur in the future. The U.S. State Department considers Iran the world's "most active state sponsor of terrorism" (as cited in Bruno 2011). Iran offers funding, weapons, training, and sanctuary to many terrorist groups creating alarm in the international community. Also, Iran's development of new missile technology and their curiosity in producing nuclear energy has many countries on their toes. There is also a fear of Iran possibly advancing nonnuclear weapons of mass destruction that can cause bleeding, blistering, and choking. In addition, there are the unacceptable comments by the Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, calling for Israel's destruction. In his remarks he also stated that "Israel must be wiped off the map" (Anti-Defamation League, 2005). The statements he made about the country of Israel should be no more acceptable than if it were said about the U.S. The extremely harsh and uncivilized words outraged many and ratified the international community’s right to have concerns. The U.S. has also taken an interest as to why Iran has created a habit in holding U.S. citizens as hostage. According to PBS (n.d.), “ On November 4, 1979 an angry mob of young Islamic revolutionaries overran the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking more than 60 Americans hostage.” This weakened the ties of any previous

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