Friday, July 25, 2008

Olympic humor

This must be the joke of the week. The International Olympic Committee - itself a bunch of political nominees and/or old and middle-aged men and women who are lionized and sleep in 5-star hotels because they once were able to do a handstand or somersault - has decided that Iraq will not be allowed to participate in the Bejing Olympics. Why, you ask? Well, "because of concerns that the Iraqi government has interfered politically in the leadership of the country's Olympic movement". Did the IOC ever ban Iraq from the Games when one Mr S. Hussein was in power over there, and the nation's athletes were his sadist son's pet toys, whom he tortured when they lost a game? But that, of course, was not political interference. Political interference is as unknown to the olympic movement as honesty is to politics, I am sure.

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