As I heard the reports of Russian Armor rolling into Georgia, I could not help but think of their attacks on Hungary in 1956 and Czechoslovakia in 1968. In both instances the bitterness and bloodshed was mirrored in the behavior of the athletes from both countries as they competed in the Olympics during those years. The politicians at the Kremlin who had promoted the carnage had also effectively destroyed the intent and spirit of the games. But in the midst of this renewal of old tensions and old tactics there may be some new hope for mankind. Apparently this time around the athletes will not be the puppets of their respective governments.
The editors and staff of American Public House Review salute Nino Salukvadze from Georgia and Natalia Paderina from Russia who, ironically after receiving their medals in the women’s 10mm air pistol competition, embraced on the podium.
It is interesting to note that while these athletes may not reflect the political reality of the situation, they do reflect the military reality. The Russian took the silver and the Georgian took the bronze. Both of their countries would be wise though to remember that the Chinese took the gold.
Postedby: Chris Poh, Publisher