August 15, 2004


Blair Signs Olympic Truce--but Bush does not (Associated Press, August 14, 2004)

British Prime Minister Tony Blair signed the Olympic Truce at the birthplace of the games Saturday, even as his troops in Iraq were breaking with the spirit of the document that calls for a halt in worldwide conflict during the competition. [...]

Saturday, 20 prime ministers, heads of state and members of royal families -- including Blair, Spain's Queen Sofia and Prince Albert of Monaco -- signed the document. Organizers said former President Bush, who is leading the official U.S. delegation to the games, was asked but declined. [...]

The signatories added their names to a list that includes Pope John Paul II, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Anan and former President Clinton.

Bill Clinton? Who'd he call a truce with, Hillary?

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 15, 2004 12:47 PM

Does anyone know why the marathon is 26 miles, 365 yards?

Not because that's how far it is from Marathon to the Acropolis. That's about 20 miles.

Because when the Games were revived in 1896, bandits made it unsafe for the runners to take the inland route. They had to run along the seacoast so that a Royal Navy gunboat could protect them from the fans.

That, however, is only 26 miles.

The extra 365 yards was the distance to the reviewing stand where some prince (George, I think) was waiting.

All of you distance runners, when you hit the wall around 20 miles, think about that.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at August 15, 2004 1:25 PM

The shortest oxymoron-- "fun run".

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at August 15, 2004 2:16 PM


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Posted by: Jeff Guinn at August 15, 2004 4:40 PM

Yet another example of how Clinton, needing to be in the center of everything, is battling Carter for worst ex-president ever.

Posted by: AWW at August 15, 2004 9:06 PM

What an idiotic concept! There is no "pause" button in war. You're just giving the bad guys more time to be bad. If they weren't insufferably bad, and were amenable to negotiation, we wouldn't be killing them.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at August 16, 2004 5:09 PM