I find this is a fair question.
I was truly upset to hear about the human rights findings and the way the Russians treated the peoples that worked to help build the Olympic buildings etc.
Than a few days ago found out about the stray dogs and how they have been killing them because they are strays using things like poison meats and guns.
I actually wrote a blog post on my other blog "For the Love of Life!" about this.
Since before I wrote it there was something bothering me
about the way the workers were being treated in Sochi.
Than I heard about the dogs and it slipped my mind.
When I was talking with a neighbor about the dogs,
I was surprised to hear her stand up for killing them the way they were.
I was shocked.
Than I realized that she believed the propaganda about the dogs being a danger
to the sporting events such as skiing.
I didn't even know what to say to her.
I could not believe she thought a dog could be a threat to the skiers.
Than a little while later it hit me.
Why I didn't believe the dogs were a threat.
And its funny because my train of thought lead me right
to what was bothering me about the human rights issues.
First do they not have wild animals in Russia, well Sochi anyways.
If a dog can get in the way of events, what about rabbits and other animals?
What about terrorists?
Do they not have some way to monitor the slopes?
Don't the skiers etc pay attention to what they are doing?
Animals on slopes can not be a rare thing.
I am sure they have people they could hire to check the areas before the events.
And that is when it hit me.
You know how you have one thought the leads to the next and keeps on going.
Well that is what happened.
Why so many stray dogs?
Even in the city?
Sure some where born wild but the others were pets.
Pets for some reason, probably money,
that people could not care for or afford to fix.
Maybe they did not have work.
And that is what was bothering me.
In the back of my mind I was wondering why they were hiring immigrants.
Immigrants that they offered to pay good money to work for them.
Why did they not hire their own people.
I checked and sure the unemployment rates have been going
down in Russia for the last few years,
but they still had plenty of people that were looking for work.
Why hire outside the country?
Maybe because they had no intention of paying the promised wages.
Until they got caught.
Are they being punished for what they have done?
I don't think so.
How much money do they still owe to people who are afraid to come forward?
How many people have been abused and threatened to keep their dirty little secret?
The sad part is that many people are watching and supporting these crimes.
Countries sent representatives and spend good money in this country.
Newspapers and other media also sent people there.
Family, friends and sport's fans paid through the nose to stay there and attend the events.
How much money are tv stations etc making off these events?
What about businesses that are selling memorabilia for the Olympics
(like rings and watches) saw that in a CAA magazine today.
It is like we are saying "Hay it is okay to treat humans and animals this way,
we know you couldn't afford the Olympics and can't pay the bills,
so go ahead hire outside the country and forget about paying them.
It is okay to abuse these people instead of your own people.
We can see that your people are having enough trouble
feeding and caring for their own pets,
We understand why you did not want to pay them to work on the buildings etc
that would represent their county to the world."
I am ashamed that people allowed this to happen.
Not one country boycotted the Olympics.
What does that say about the human race?
We are not getting better, we are getting worse.
All I hope for is that one day young people will look at what has just happened
in Sochi and put an end to this shameful behavior.
But than I wonder, maybe they won't because
we just more or less
just said "This is okay."
On a separate note:
One year to come up with a finding that
they have violated human rights of their own citizens.
Abused, tortured and starved their own people.
This is a country that should be cut off from the rest of the world.
Nothing imported or exported.
Find away to stop all radio and television signals,
all internet from going in or out of the country.
Maybe than their own people will stand up to them.
I know lets hold the Olympics there next time!