Jonah: That suggestion about Gaddafi’s motivation is very
thought-provoking–especially when you put it together with the possibility
that the ChiComs are on their best behavior so as not to cause any problems
for the 2008 Olympic Games in Peking. Perhaps other dictators could be
bribed with sporting events. North Korea has sensational mountains, and
lots of snow–ideal for a Winter Olympics. Or how about a Baseball World
Series in Havana? World figure-skating championships in Tehran? Masters in
Damascus? Etc. etc. Just a thought.