When it was suggested that civilized nations should boycott the Moscow Olympic Games, the reaction of our Olympic officials was predictable.
They were sure to be strongly, fervently, unalterably opposed. They would try to make boycotters feel ashamed of their failure to support noble Olympic traditions.
No doubt they would say, "The Olympics are above politics. America doesn't send atheletes to compete in these great games; Americans do. This country can't boycott the Olympics. Our atheletes have worked hard to prepare themselves. Don't deny them their chance to compete."
Olympic Committee spokesmen did not disappoint us. They said it all, just as we knew they would. The only thing missing from their performance was the accompaniment of sobbing violin playing "Hearts and Flowers."
The position of our Olympic Committee is pious nonsense. I urge every American, whether athelete or spectator, to boycott this summer's games in Moscow. The Olympic Games are supposed to be dedicated to good sportsmanship, but 1980's host nation has blood on its hands.
We are not talking about politics now. We are talking about murder on a global scale. We are talking about naked aggression -- one country sending in tens of thousands of troops to seize control of another country, meanwhile telling bald-faced lies about its own role in the killings and blaming the United States for having made the invasion necessary.
It is sheer hypocrisy to talk about sportsmanship and the Soviet Union in the same breath.
I thought we made a horrible mistake when we participated in Fuehrer Adolf Hitler's Olympics and permitted him to make propaganda for fascism at our expense. I think it would be a horrible mistake to participate in Fuehrer Leonid Brezhnev's Olympics and let him make propaganda for communism at our expense.
If I were an amateur athlete too pure of heart to be sullied by commercial taint, I certainly would not want to associate myself with brigands whose actions have been criticized in every free nation in the world.
If I were an American citizen asked to support the Olympics, either with direct contributions or by attending the games, I would refuse. The very thought of my traveling to the Soviet Union to let those treacherous jackals reap profits from my attendance makes my blood boil.
It is time for our Olympic officials to learn the difference between politics and lawlessness. It is time for them to learn the difference between a political debate and a shooting war in which people die in the defense of their homeland. It is time for the self-important United States Olympic Committee to learn that some things in this world are more important than playing games.
Athletic competition is a good and useful concept, especially when that competition is held to promote fair play, good fellowship and international friendship. Unfortunately, these are qualities that have been conspicuously absent from the games in recent decades.
When the games were awarded to Moscow, that city's mayor solemnly proclaimed that the decision was "a welcome recognition of the Soviet Union's notable contributions to the promotion of peace and international friendship."
It's a wonder he didn't choke on the words. The U.S.S.R. has been associated with many undertakings, but peace and international friendship are not among them.
If you want to know about the peace-loving Soviets, ask people who were born in Finland, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Poland, Yugoslavia, Romania, Bulgaria, Afghanistan and a few other regions that have had the bad breath of the Russian bear on their necks.
President Carter began to back off the boycott proposal rather quickly when Olympic spokesmen attacked it. I was disappointed in him.
Carter is mentally alert; he could have shot down the baloney about "politics" with ease. What's more, right or wrong, Carter has usually been guided by what he deemed to be high principle. And, as is true of many deeply religious men, he can become downright stubborn when people try to push him around.
Maybe there's still hope. Perhaps he will hear from millions of boycott supporters, and will draw courage from them.
The communists have masqueraded too long as nice-guy neighbors. It's time we stood up to them and said, "You are cheats and liars. You are not fit to participate in games dedicated to peace, friendship and sportsmanship, let alone to serve as host. You don't seem to understand the meaning of friendship or sportsmanship. The only peace you know is the peace of the dead that you inflict upon others."