National Post: Before every Olympics there is a crisis, because that’s how the Olympics work. Athens will not be ready. (It was, barely.) Beijing will trample human rights. (It did, but the buses ran on time, and oh, the ceremonies were so pretty.) Nobody in Vancouver will care (not true), and the snow will melt (partly true.) London will be a terrorist target with shaky security. (Safe, in the end.)

Sochi has become different, if only because it will be an Olympics where the host nation has legislated such focused hatred towards an identifiable portion of its population. Russia’s treatment of homosexuality is monstrous, and getting worse. To even speak well of homosexuals in public is a crime — “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations,” a law passed in June of this year — and people can be arrested for being suspected of harbouring pro-gay sentiments.

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