When did the Olympics turn into a microcosm of the world? And I don’t mean in a happy, “I’d like to teach the world to sing,” pro-diversity kind of way. Allow me to expound:I have read tons upon tons of articles misrepresenting the 2008 Beijing Olympics as a bargaining chip at the negotiating table of global affairs. Yes, it is a global event. But these athletes are under enough pressure to perform without all the added stress of ending wars and solving world hunger while simultaneously passing a baton and pulling off a perfect dismount.I saw the movie “Miracle.” I understood the Cold War anti-Soviet sentiment. Yay America, boo Russia. Not difficult. But people, it was a HOCKEY GAME. What do you remember when you think of the end of the Cold War? Personally, I conjure up images of Reagan asking for some interior remodeling in Berlin. Did hockey win the Cold War. No. Did it help? Not unless you think the name ‘Cold War’ was literal.Admittedly, China has some problems to solve. It is a nation rising in prominence on the world scene and will therefore be thoroughly scrutinized before being granted permission into the Big Boys Club. But does anyone else get the feeling that Beijing was chosen for 2008 so the rest of the world could get the political negotiation ball rolling? Economic development. Environmental safety. Human rights. Intellectual property. All these problems must be solved within six months because we deemed Beijing worthy to hold a few football matches and some foot races. China does not have to solve these issues before the Olympics and even if we required them to, I doubt they would or could. Chinese foreign policy is like finding the queen of hearts on a street corner in the Bronx. Only the guy holding the cards knows where to find her.Does anybody know who’s dealing?
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