I really don’t think the professional athletes who are planning on appearing in Sochi next month will miss much of anything by not appearing. The Israeli athletes who were killed in the Munich Olympics would much have preferred to stay home had they had this much warning and, all things considered, I really think Germany at that time was much better prepared to provide excellent security than Russia is today. The terrorists who perpetrated the attacks in Volgograd, and have taken credit/responsibility, have already stated their next target is the Olympics. As with All Winter Olympics, venues for specific activities may be as much as 100 miles from the main venue. I find it highly unlikely that Russia, alone, will be able to provide adequate security, for either the athletes OR the civilian attendees. I would hate to see any international athletes pay the supreme price of Putin’s foolish pride.
Volgograd has a history of urban violence, especially in the 1940s, when it was called Stalingrad.
Chicago has a history of urban violence, since the 1800s, and I would still rather attend Olympic events there and in the surrounding areas (which include Milwaukee, Gary, Detroit, etc. not much more distant than Sochi – and all cities with an issue with urban violence) than I would in Sochi. With all of Putin’s protestations to the contrary, I still feel it is unreasonable and unrealistic to believe security will be sufficient to protect the participants and the observers both in Sochi, itself, and at the outlying venues. So, why run the risk? Is it worth the money that will be lost to jeopardize all those athletes and visitors? In the Atlanta games, lest we forget (or, for that matter, the Munich games) terrorists were able to thwart security. While, undoubtedly, security in Russia will be tighter(after all, that is the nature of the government there), I simply do not feel they will be up to the task. How do we resolve such an issue?
For one, give the Olympics a PERMANENT site, in which ALL participants receive a share of the profits. The Olympics have become, after all, more a battle for the revenue than for the glory of the medals. Why, otherwise, would poor localities spend, literally, billions on building separate venues around a central city where more billions will be spent. Beijing had to CEASE industrial activity for almost two months in order to deal with the pollution problem,: how much was lost there? Make a PERMANENT Olympics venue in Greece, where it all began, both classical and modern era. With ONE site, ALL will be involved in security and expenses, and all will receive an appropriate share of the proceeds. Such a site would pay for itself in the period of one Olympics cycle, simply because one would not have to be built somewhere else every four years.
However, the issue is how to resolve the dilemma of the current Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, especially the issue of security. As I have said previously, I do NOT want to wake up to headlines of mass killings and carnage in Sochi next month. Nor would I like to hear of arrests of gay athletes, or the intimidation of such, nor do I think would others.
Hey, let’s hold the Winter Olympics in part of our country where 90% of the locals hate us and will do anything to attract attention to their cause of separatism! Of course, the Tsar of All Russias, Vladimir Vladimirovich, will insist that the happy peasants and workers of the Sochi region LOVE their Russian Masters and would never consider doing anything to embarrass HIM in front of the World!
Since liberty is an abstract concept that can be difficult to understand, those with nefarious intentions tend to attack it by working to displace liberty with free government “services” and other spoils of plunder.