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Saturday, 15 May 2004

A Peaceful Sporting Festival?

Despite the fact that, so we are all told, the Olympics Games are about peace and friendly competition between nations; approximately $1.2BN has been spent on security for the 2004 Olympics Games in Athens.

Nothwithstanding the above, people still seem to be nervous.

Particularly the Americans who are contemplating, so it is rumoured, pulling out at the 11th hour.

In my view this would be a very foolish message to send to the world; in effect it would be saying "we, the citizens of the US, are afraid to interact with the rest of the world".

To help the US get over its nerves the Games will have an estimated 70,000 security personnel on duty, NATO will be helping out and others such as; Russia and the UK will be sending their security people into the general melee as well.

However, it seems that there are a few glitches that the organisers need to attend to. On Thursday a handful of UK and German journalists strolled round the main stadium for a while, before being stopped.

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