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November 26, 2014

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letter to the editor:

It’s the wrong time for bashing Russia

I enjoyed reading the Feb. 9 Brian Greenspun column “Believe it or not, a toothpaste bomb isn’t new.”

It is very sad that so many Western journalists are focusing on the negative aspects of the Sochi Winter Olympics rather than the many more positive aspects and almost appear to be trying to provoke the Russian hosts of the Winter Olympics — for example, by insulting their World War II-era monuments and history.

It almost seems as if they would want something really bad to occur so that they can say, “See, I told you so,” in a classic case of schadenfreude.

Yet, it appears that things are going very well there for all the athletes.

The opening ceremony was one of the best ever despite one hiccup — and there were no bizarre spider statues there to frighten off visitors as there were in the 2012 London Olympics.

The Olympics represent a unique opportunity for nations to come together and compete in a friendly and civilized manner. They should not be used as a platform for Russia bashing, in which the Western mainstream media already engages sufficiently enough without the Olympics.

The West needs Russia to aid in the fight against terrorism. We just can’t afford to alienate Russia at this critical time.

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