Monday, August 9, 2004


In the news: Taiwan-China row reaches Olympics.

Is communist China punishing Taiwan for the referendum? Isn't time to change the location for the next Olympics?

Track & Felled

On a related note, here is an excerpt from Andrew Bernstein's article, The Olympics Represent the Best of Western Civilization:

The return of the Olympic Games to the country of their birth is an appropriate reminder of their deeper meaning.

The Ancient Greeks founded the games because they valued the spectacle of a great athlete striving for victory. But the veneration of athletic achievement is not a quality one finds in all human cultures. Why did the games begin in Ancient Greece as opposed to, say, Ancient Egypt? And why were they revived in 19th-century Europe, rather than, say, Medieval Europe? (, 08/06/04.)

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