It would have been inconceivable during the Pan-Hellenic games. A heresy even. One of the main “rules” of the original Olympian games in Greece that were originally recorded in 776 BC was the period of peace that prevailed between the states while the games were played. It was an inter-national rule that was observed by all – during the games no war was allowed. No warmongering.
It’s 2008 A.D. and we are living in an advanced world. The no war during the olympics rule has been shattered in a region of Georgia – Ossetia. War is being waged (although there is currenty a ceasefire) in South Ossetia. The breakaway province is being backed by the Russian Bear. It’s a weird Russian bear – one that on the one hand promises plans for a Euro-Asian security organisation (including China and India) by Septemeber and on the other hand rattles its sabres with the tiny bordering republics in what is being perceived as an attempt to expose Europe’s weakness or inability to maintain stability within areas that Russia believes should be its sphere of influence by right.
Georgia of the -adze’s is suffering a hard time. Another province has declared war as I type – Abkhazia. The international world is shuffling its feet although the EU has already called for a ceasefire and discussions. Meanwhile in an Olympic event concluded today (pistol 10 metre range) a Russian and a Georgian lady won silver and bronze respectively.
Notwithstanding what is happening in their countries the ladies hugged and kissed when they came off the podium in what was evidently a clear sign to show what the common people really want. Maybe there is still some olympic spirit left after all.
Now where did I put my tissues?