Whenever I hear or read a discussion about the Olympics and political issues, be they human rights, censorship, or what have you, eventually someone says, "Why can't we take the politics out of the Olympics, and just make it about the athletes and the competition?" Oddly, the answer to this question begins just like the answer I give my eight year old when he asks why we can't do something that he would like to do and I would not.
Because we just can't, that's why. Politics and the Olympics are as frustratingly intertwined as that string of Christmas lights that you swore you would put away nicely and neatly organized, and yet, come December, you'll be cursing again as it comes out of the box hopelessly entangled.
In Sunday's New York Times, Tom Scocca argued, quite effectively, that much of the treasured symbolism attached to the modern Olympics came into being at the 1936 Summer Games in Berlin, and, as a result, now "the Olympic Games are also, as a matter of record, a fascistRead More »from The Olympics needs more politics