I did not watch the opening ceremony. I will not do so. I know what message Putin will attempt to send. I don’t need to see it produced as theater. He’s made himself very clear these last fifteen years.
Read about Sochi and you’ll get a different view depending on who’s speaking. Most folks seem keen to support the games while offering disgust at the hosts. Above all, it is Putin’s anti-homosexuality comments and laws that draw the most hate. I wonder if Putin had just left homosexuals out of it. Could he have sold these games as the spectacular statement about his miracle that he’d intended? He certainly has willing accomplices.
Last night I watched the sewer scrappers at NBC Sports sing the praises about how this Russia is so much better than the old Soviet Union. This filth comes from the mouth of ‘reporters’ who have never and will never live the life of a normal Russian citizen.
Yet I’m sure they don’t give a damn. For them, Sochi is about cash. Lots of cash. Damning the hosts to hell over their behavior is not a way to widen your audience when you’ve invested billions in production and purchase costs. NBC Sports wants one thing from Sochi: profit. If you think they care about anything else, regardless of the prophet-like statements that emerge from Costas’ arrogant mouth, you’re a fool. They want your eyes. They’re in your wallets.
Lost among the massive hate of Putin’s anti-gay remarks (this blog has equally hit upon them) is the general awfulness that is present. The simple truth is this:
These games should never have happened in Sochi.
I’m sorry, but I’m over it. It’s time that those who care about freedom and democracy stop pouring muck into the trough that is other people’s lives. Building international relationships is generally overrated. There will be no tangible benefit to Russia’s place in the world from Sochi. Putin is not going to embrace reform, fight corruption, or generally be a better guy because of Sochi. All the Olympics have done is feed an evil man and his parasitic ruling structure.
And for what? Well, for a cherished tradition? Wrong. We’ve only done this Olympics thing for just over a century. For money? Only partially, the athletes are out there for the spiritual awesomeness. Most of them (except those in the commercials) don’t care about money.
It’s about momentum. The corrupt IOC chose Sochi. So everybody goes to Sochi. Even if they think Putin is a criminal.
Well friends, the author of this blog thinks it’s time for a change.
I’m not asking for bad things to happen in Sochi. I want these games to go forward without violence and without any major issues. It’s about the athletes now. They’ve worked very hard for years to get there, everybody agreed to participate, and so off they go. I hope they all can succeed, have fun, and accomplish their goals.
However, here is the honest truth. These games are immoral. The average Russian will see their life made worse by deliberate sleaze, expense, and by the international legitimacy their dictator gains from playing teenage party queen.
It’s time to change. The portion of the planet that believes liberty is a good thing needs to back it up. It’s just sports folks, we can live without it. Let every decent nation on the planet refuse to participate in events where the wicked are allowed to put on a show, where we are all charged admission, to watch justice play a bit part.
The Olympics, Word Cup, Commonwealth Games, whatever. Let democracies hold their own games, where only other republics can play. Let all the tyrannical lunatics hold their own games, with all their narcissism, alone. At least then we could have a clean conscience while we watch brilliant contestants at their best.
And if we ever decide to hold another worldwide Olympics? Let the team of freedom and justice play against the team representing hate and darkness. We can compete on neutral ground, say Switzerland or Valhalla.
I know who’d win.
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