Annals of Russian Insanity II
Russia is in the process of constructing its largest aquarium in the city of Sochi at a cost of over $25 million. Scheduled to open later this month, Sochi Discovery World is supposed to be one of the chief attactions for visitors to the 2014 Olympic Games.
Earlier this week it was reported that 4,000 exotic fish destined for the aquarium’s tanks, fish worth nearly half a million dollars, perished at the Sochi airport after customs officials needed a shocking fifteen hours to clear the cargo. The fish persished from exposure.
Amin Azzam, director of the facility, called the event an “atrocity unseen anywhere else in the world.” That’s putting it mildly. If the Kremlin can’t even guarantee the safety of fish, how can the world possibly believe it can protect people from the rebel violance that is exploding everywhere in the Caucasus regions these days? To put it simply, it can’t.
The world’s athletes, if the world is foolish enough to send them, will be massacred in Sochi just like those fish, and at far greater cost. Russia’s incomptenence, as witnessed by the recent explosion at a Siberian hydroelectric plant which is the focus of our lead editorial today, is so fundamental and wide-ranging that it is laughable to suggest Russia can pull off an event like the Olympic Games safely, even if no rebel activity were at issue.
The simple fact is that Russians don’t care about life because they don’t value it. They can’t, because their government’s contempt for life shows them it can be snuffed out at any moment, and their rabid hatred of foreigners means that Russians simply couldn’t care less what happens to those who are not Russian.
The world has been warned. It must rethink the Sochi games before it is too late.