The world is watching the Olympics this week. It's a wonderful thing to see the nations of the world getting together and compete in peace. There ought to be so much more of that.
A friend sent me a link to a section of the opening ceremony that Americans didn't get to see. For some unknown reason NBC omitted it in favor of a Ryan Seacrest/Michael Phelps interview. It is, apparently, not uncommon for networks to cut from some of the opening ceremonies to insert commercials but to omit an entire performance NOT because of commercials is unprecedented. I'm not a conspiracy theorist, but I wonder if it had something to do with the religious tone of the performance. The music was a hymn: "Abide With Me." Nevertheless, the performance was a tribute to terrorist victims of 7/7, Britains attack the day after the Olympic Committee chose Great Britain as the site for these games.
The announcer announced it this way:
Ladies and gentlemen, please pause silent for our memorial wall for friends and family who can't be here tonight. The excitement of that moment in Singapore seven years ago when England won the games was tempered the next day with sorrow from the events of July 7th that year. A wall of remembrance for those no longer here to share in this event.
Watch it. You will be one of the few Americans who have the opportunity.