The WaPo lately has been running some robust op-ed critiques of the upcoming Beijing Games (here is one), and I see another now. This one rips into the idea being spread by various Olympic cheerleaders that the Games are an inappropriate venue for expressing dissent, opposition, protest, etc.
You can get to it by clicking on this blurb from it:
"The Olympic Games are not the place for demonstrations." Aren't they? Actually, the Olympics seem an ideal place for demonstrations.
Well, the 2008 Games are already shaping up to be very interesting indeed -- and you do recall that old curse, don't you? MAY YOU LIVE IN INTERESTING TIMES. (Of course, I don't mean to direct the curse at *you,* gentle reader!)