Finally, Russia admits the Sochi Horror
Now, not even the professional liars who rule the Russian Kremlin can deny it: the world’s athletes will be risking their lives in 2014 if they are foolish enough to attend the Sochi Olympiad.
Last week, it was reported that Alexander Bortnikov, head of the FSB, had “warned that terrorists intend to disrupt preparations for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.”
Just 37% of Russians believe their government will surely bring off the Sochi games successfully. Two-thirds, in other words, believe the games may well be a bloody disaster. Desperate residents of Sochi have been forced into a hunger strike to protect their homes from barbaric seizure. Recently, two high-profile defectors revealed massive financial corruption and horrific risk to safety from faulty construction. Environmental damage to the Sochi ecology has been well documented, and the profligate misdirection of vital national resources is obvious.
But now, at last, the most critical issue regarding the Sochi outrage has been fully exposed: The risk of bloody terrorism.
You may wonder why Bortnikov would openly admit this horrifying risk, but the answer is simple. So nobody can blame Russia when people start getting killed. Russia can say: “It’s not like we didn’t warn you.”
It would have been nice, of course, if Mr. Bortnikov had warned the world about the dire risk of horrific lethal violence in Sochi before Russia was awarded the games. What actually occurred is like a person selling a car that has no engine inside and neglecting to tell the buyer until the money has changed hands, money paid with expectation of a motor.
Russia doesn’t care, however, how many people might be butchered in Sochi. It simply wants to use the games for propaganda purposes the same way Hitler tried to do, and if dozens are massacred that will only serve further propaganda goals, namely to justify an even more barbaric crackdown on the Caucasus region.
The leaders of the Western nations, however, must think differently. Now, at last, while there is still time, they must withdraw the Olympic games from Russia. It is an outrage for Russia to host the games after its wanton imperialist aggression against tiny Georgia, and it is an abomination to to allow Western athletes to risk their lives so the KGB Kremlin can score public relations points. Russia is proposing to host the games on territory that many native Caucasus people consider sacred ground, and they are mortally offended. The entire region is peppered with rebel violence, daily assassinations and explosions that Russia is totally unable to curtail.
If the leaders of the Western nations do not take action to divest Russia of the games, they will have blood on their hands in 2014.