August 5, 2016
It’ll be awesome – I guarantee it!
We’ve covered a few stories about the upcoming Rio Olympics already. You may have had the general impression that there’s going to be a lot of issues there. In fact, it seemed like it’s going to be a health and security disaster.
But, as it turns out, this was wrong.
It’s actually going to be much, much worse.
Since Brazilians re-elected Dilma Rousseff as the country’s president in 2014, a corporate corruption scandal has exploded, implicating many of the nation’s top officials. Meanwhile, Rousseff herself is facing an impeachment trial later this month over accusations that her administration tried to cover up Brazil’s budget deficit. With Rouseff’s presidency suspended, the country is now under the leadership of Acting President Michel Temer.
All of this as the Brazilian economy shrinks for the fifth straight quarter, while the Zika virus sweeps through the country. Now hundreds of thousands of people are descending for the Olympics.
I’m feeling excited already!
We’re also dealing with a large spike in criminality coming along with the police protests over their unpaid wages.
In effect, Brazil is a country in the middle of a political corruption crisis, as well as a health and economic crisis. Nothing there is functioning normally, and it’s unclear there would be any authority in place that could react and take charge if things where to get any worse during the Olympics.
Foreign businesses operating in Rio are providing extensive armed escorts for their employees. I wonder if the tourists will get the same?
If I was a terrorist, I’d see this a a great opportunity to make a splash on the international scene. It’s hilarious and insane that the authorities are steadfast in their insistence that everything must proceed as planned.
That’s definitely going to be something they come to regret.