By boycotters' logic, we should have boycotted the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, because China has a deplorable human rights record. People pushing for a boycott misunderstand the Olympics. Of all the possible threats against another country -- war, weapons buildups, cutting humanitarian aid, etc. -- an Olympic boycott threat is comically toothless. But if you send your finest athletes to that country, they can help open minds and reduce tensions, at least a little bit. The Olympics only work, on a political and moral level, if people participate.