The Olympic opening ceremonies are on the tube (tv) and I'm sort of caught by the paradox of it all. A world-wide  athletic competition held in a country without personal freedoms or, very often, it seems, respect for human rights.

   If you're old enough to remember, the USA boycotted the 1980 Olympics in Moscow because of the (former) USSR's war in Afganistan. Now, the USA is the aggressor in Afganistan (and Iraq) and our President is the first to attend an opening ceremony in a foreign nation. It seems politics do make strange bed-fellows.

   Like I said, I'm struck with a sense of paradox; the sight of enemy nations standing side by side and competing... putting their differences aside (at least within the scope of the Olympics), gives me an odd sense of hope for the future. Who knows? Maybe the President's attendance is a sign of hope too...