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From outside one will always triumphantly impress theories upon the world and then fall straight into the ditch one has dug, but only from inside will one keep oneself and the world quiet and true. /FK (Contact: TBONotebooks at fastmail.fm. The Blue Octavo Notebooks welcomes mail, although we cannot guarantee a response. Your email may be posted in part on The Blue Octavo Notebooks unless otherwise requested.) Please enjoy the notebook entries, and thanks for reading.

Saturday, August 14, 2004

The Olympic spirit in action:

Iran's double world judo champion Arash Miresmaeili is out of the Olympics after being drawn against an Israeli, Ehud Vaks, in the first round of the men's under-66kg category. Since the Islamic revolution in 1979 Iran has refused to recognise the state of Israel's right to exist. The secretary to the Asian Judo Union president, Hirofumi Otsuji, confirmed Miresmaeili would be withdrawn from the competition. Under International Judo Federation regulations he could also be sent home. Miresmaeili had been in line to carry Iran's flag during yesterday's opening ceremony.

Absolutely pathetic. But wouldn’t a stronger statement simply have been to defeat the athlete from the accursed Zionist entity? Ah, but perhaps the courageous Miresmaeili didn’t want to risk being beaten by a Jew on the international stage. That would never do. Humiliation and desperation, and all that.

This is hardly the first time someone has taken advantage of the Olympics to execute an act of anti-Israel sentiment.

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