World Leaders Called to Boycott Olympics

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WASHINGTON - The celebration of international sport is turning increasingly political, with growing calls for world leaders to skip the opening ceremonies at the Olympics.

Politicians say such a move would make a statement about China's human rights record.

Click play to watch John Jessup's report follwed by indepth analysis from Erick Stakelback on the alleged terror plot.

Bush Feeling the Olympic Heat

President Bush is one of the leaders under growing pressure to skip the opening ceremonies in Beijing.

"For the sake of your children, of our children, for the sake of the beautiful people of Tibet - don't go!" Archbishop Desmond Tutu urged.

Already British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have announced they will not attend.

The European Union parliament is also considering a resolution that would call for a boycott of the opening.

Bush still plans to attend the Olympics, but the White House will not rule out the possibility that he will skip the opening ceremonies - something both Democratic presidential candidates are urging him to do.

Olympic Terror Plot?

Meanwhile, Chinese officials said Thursday they broke up a plot by terrorists to kidnap athletes, journalists and visitors at the Beijing Olympic Games.

It's the latest black eye for what's supposed to be a celebration of sport which in recent days has become a public spectacle.

Unlike the clashes with protesters in London and Paris, the Olympic torch successfully made its way through San Francisco on an abbreviated but altered route - clad by armies of police and unprecedented security.

The last-minute security changes upset a lot of people who waited hours to see the torch go by. Many never did.

"I'm very disappointed, and I feel like I wasted my time to see protesters instead of the torch," one San Francisco woman said.

Another San Franciscan said, "It's the only stop in North America, so I think it's kind of a disappointment."

China's PR Problem

China has been busy preparing for the summer games, trying to show its advancement into the modern world.

But many are taking China's spot on the world stage as an opportunity to highlight its human rights record and, in particular, last month's clampdown on Tibet.

"I'm Chinese and I'm American. I came here when I was eight and now I'm an American citizen. But I've been to China. I've been to Tibet. I love China and am very proud about all the things China is doing, but Tibet needs to be free," protester Xiao Tan said.

Ironically, Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, who's traveling to the United States this week, says although he opposes violent suppression of free speech, he supports the Beijing Olympics and hopes to watch it.

The question now is: Who will be attending those opening ceremonies when the world is watching?

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