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Olympic Spirit

March 12, 1994

For two weeks, we have been spoiled by the gallant acts of courage, sportsmanship, and competition. The world has come together, embraced by the sheer joy of the Olympic spirit. For two weeks we were one world, once again. But now that the majestic harmony of the Olympics has come to an end, it sure will be good to get back to the bloodshed in Bosnia, the endless fighting in the Middle East, the starvation in Somalia, and the senseless violence raging on here at home. Geez, was it just youthful optimism, or for a brief second, did I actually believe that the world could really get along together?

For two weeks, we've watched athletes, coaches and fans from around the globe descend upon a gracious and peaceful Norwegian village. For two weeks, we have witnessed the best that man has to offer. Let us bottle some of that Olympic spirit--full of peace, goodwill and love. Please, let's take a lesson from our athletes and begin our long march towards peace. In the words of Olympic President Juan Antonio Samaranch, "Please stop killing. Drop your guns, please."

JEFF GREEN

La Jolla

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