And that, I think, is dangerous. Marking the hundredth anniversary of World War One, many commentators have talked about a new "Sarajevo moment" that ignites a new world conflagration. Sochi could well be that moment, even if we don't know it for some time.
There are a hundred ways in which an angry Putin, who figures that he has little to lose and no face left to save, could shove a stout stick into the wheels of the wobbling capitalist bicycle -- and then retreat to those oil-rich steppes to enjoy the show.
Well, maybe and maybe not. But as I watch the clouds gather over Sochi and the muscle-bound pride of Mr. Putin -- not a nice man -- taking its first dents, I wonder fearfully where this will lead.
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