Add the United Nations secretary-general to the list of dignitaries who are boycotting the opening ceremony for the Beijing Olympics.
As with the others, including several heads of state, Ban ki-Moon is making a statement about the treatment of the Tibetan people by the Chinese.
President Bush has been urged to skip the opening ceremony but has not yet decided. He should follow Ban's lead. Missing the ceremony allows the athletics to participate while still making an important statement about human rights.