What an exciting way to bring in the New Year with the 2014 Winter Olympics, or is it?
As many of you know the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics is taking place right now. All over the news and media there has been a lot of worry for the safety of our U.S. Olympians. Multiple terrorist threats have been made against the event. Many people are wondering if it is really safe to keep the event going there in Sochi. “I’ve never seen a greater threat in my lifetime,” said Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Tex.) on Fox News Sunday of the Olympic games. In December, terrorists detonated two bombs a few hundred miles from Sochi in Volgograd, Russia, killing dozens. “We’ve already had two suicide bombers go off outside the Olympic Village,” McCaul said. He also said, “What poses the greatest threat, in my opinion, is the proximity and the location of where these games are being held… It’s a whole new ball game, makes these Olympics very very different… I think there’s a high degree of probability that something will detonate, something will go off.” http://swampland.time.com/2014/02/09/sochi-security-congressmen/?utm_content=buffer26a23&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer Not only were there bombings but also there was a man accused of trying to highjack an aircraft headed back toward Sochi during the time the Olympics had begun. The New York Post says, “The man claimed he had a bomb and tried to divert the Pegasus Airlines flight, which originated in Kharkiv, Ukraine on Friday. The pilot tricked him and landed in Istanbul instead where he was subdued by security officers who sneaked on board.” http://nypost.com/2014/02/10/man-who-tried-plane-hijacking-to-sochi-arrested-in-istanbul/
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People also worry about the safety of the Olympians due to the state of how unprepared Sochi was for the Olympics for the guest and the Olympians not having their hotels done. Which leads people to wonder how prepared Sochi is security wise. It mentioned in Times Swampland and the CNN that the Americans and others are working with the Russians to ensure the safety of the people during the Olympic games. “There have been a host of security alerts at Sochi, and militant Islamists seeking to carve a religious state out of southern Russia have promised to attack the Olympic games. Russian President Vladimir Putin has responded by spending $2 billion in security at the games and deploying 40,000 troops around Sochi. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) praised Russia’s extensive security measures at the Sochi games. “The guards, gates and guns portion of this is unparalleled for an Olympic Games,” he said on ABC’s This Week. Security in Sochi “as good as I’ve seen it.” But he said terrorists still had the capability to strike the Games — not necessarily attacking Olympic venue, but staging a “disruptive event” nearby. “They’re going to find the weakest point they can find,” he said.” It also mentions that there has been no attacks since the games have started but that shouldn’t let us put our guard down, because that is when they will attack. http://swampland.time.com/2014/02/09/sochi-security-congressmen/?utm_content=buffer26a23&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
Should we take a stand and let the terrorist know that we will stand against them and keep the Olympics going? Or should we withdraw from the Olympics and make sure the safety of our American teams are certain? It’s a hard question to answer.