Say “NO”! to Sochi 2014
Abkhazia is a part of sovereign Georgian territory according to every country in the world except Russia, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Nauru. Attending the 2014 Olympics under today’s circumstances would make all of us complicit in cementing in practice Russia’s changing European borders by force, even if we reject those changes in principle.
Those were the words of former U.S. ambassador to NATO Kurt Volker, one of the highest-ranking diplomats to have spoken out so far against the Sochi 2014 winter Olympiad in Russia. Currently the managing director of the Center on Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University and a senior adviser at the Atlantic Council of the United States, Volker clearly understands that “if the United States and Europe do nothing, we will surely face an untenable situation in 2014.”
At last, while there is still time, the world is turning against the Russian atrocity in Sochi!
Action must be taken now, decisive action that will clearly nullify any effort by Russia to use the Olympiad to justify its wanton aggression against Georgia and its nakedly illegal seizure of Georgian territory. If the world cannot muster such action, then all civilized nations must refuse to attend the Sochi games.
A concerted effort by the world’s democracies could easily make Russia rue the day it lobbied to win the Olympics. The international forum can be used to castigate and condemn Russian aggression in the Caucasus just as Volker advises, and let’s be perfectly clear: Any nation that attends the Sochi games without such action being already in place is complicit in Russian aggression and undermining European security.