> Furthermore I believe that even though people are allowed to have their
> opinions about a specific country politics or values the IETF is not the
> place to bring them forward regardless of the meeting location. The IETF
> a technical body and not the UN.
Yes. It really will not be a productive use of email space to comment on
each other's countries as if we had studied the culture and socio-political
situation in any more depth than the mass media in our own countries shows
Surely individuals are free to make their own choices about attending or
staying away. If sufficient individuals stated their intention to stay away
(for whatever reason), that would give the IAOC pause for thought because
the success of the meeting is dependent on attendance. But otherwise we
should just make up our own minds and act on our own principles.