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Sochi preparations

The world will be closely watching the Sochi Olympics .. 10,000 athletes strong and their families too will be in the Russian city in a hope that the ceremony and games will conclude two weeks later without any violent fanfare. But just in case, the United States has prepared a plan to extract citizens from the Sochi games, according to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.. More here

Officials have been hunting at least five 'black widow' terrorists, and other threats of violence have been circulated online.

Russians, of course, deal with things their way. Burning down an entire movie theater is never out of the question for Vlad the Impaler.

During the Olympics, we always seem to see the best of the best, but the worst of the worst tries to make itself evident. That is no different in the case of Sochi, with the threats of mass killing..

I am worried about these games, though.. Heck, I always worry about the games. They would be the target of all targets for anyone who wants to send a violent message or commit an act of atrocity.

And even reading about Sochi itself, once the Olympics are over and done, that city will still be a center or poverty, once that Russia has been attempting to hide from the rest of the world under the bright lights of an Olympic stadium..

Bind together and send some collective consciousness or pray to whatever power you worship that the only controversy we see at the games are about the actual games. Pray and hope that a unified set of athletes compete to overcome and win. And let's try our best to send positive signals to Sochi... But I'm still worried. After all, things like this happened before..


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