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Hold The Putin

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The Sochi Olympics are about to begin; but there's another name they could be called:  The Putin Show. Never in our memory has there been an Olympics, winter or summer, that was just identified by one man. You'd have to go back to 1936, and very few people do--to find the politics and personality of one man so overshadowing  everything else, and that of course was Adolph Hitler. It's Putin's favorite resort--it's Putin posing with a leopard--it's Putin talking about security, behavior, and himself. The athletes will compete and we will have the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, but overshadowing it all will be PUTIN.

The location is a good choice for the summer games. Sochi is for the most part the warm weather resort of Russia, but it's there because that's where Putin wanted it.

In fact it was Putin who personally  lobbied and sold the idea to the IOC, which includes the American delegation in 2007, and they went for it. Let's not be naive. The Olympics are never the pristine, purely amateur gathering of non-political sport. There's money involved and so there is always the taint of corruption, both  real and imagined. But there is something here that reminds us of Orwell's 1984-where the giant posters and pictures of The Leader are everywhere, all the time.

To paraphrase an old song called " Sugartime". There's Putin in the morning, Putin in the evening and Putin at breakfast time.

In these events  let's serve up the games and hold the Putin.

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