I want to take a personal look at terrorists at the Winter Olympics. Not the kind who wraps themselves in explosives and slaughter people in order to prove how much God loves them. No, there's been another kind of psychological power wielding that's been a part of this international competition for leadership.
Instead of something as permanently destructive as bombs, these are the officials, mostly men, who wear the symbolic rings on their jackets and ruin lives with destructive decisions. In Sochi, security can protect us from most religious and political zealots, but my focus falls on those who hire the security and those who choose which cities may host the games and those who make the rules.
Corruption and bribery seem to be competitions themselves. Even a venue as seemingly unstained as Salt Lake City was hit by scandal.
And, gender discrimination is historic.
Do you know this will be the first Winter Olympics in which women can participate in ski jumping? Just a few years ago that was true of pole vaulting and before that distance running. Why? Because grizzled, self-serving, old men were in charge of the Olympics. And sadly many of them still are.
I'm Pat McMahon