Olympics Time Bombs


Reuters reports on something all Olympics watchers have been worrying about:

Just 100 days before the start of the Athens Olympics, three bombs exploded on Wednesday outside a police station in the Greek capital raising new security concerns about the world's biggest sporting event.
The Greek government said there was no evidence so far to link the pre-dawn blasts to the summer Games….

"This is an isolated incident which does not affect whatsoever the Olympic preparation of the country," Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis told reporters. "Our cooperation with the EU, NATO and the U.S. authorities guarantees the safety of the Athens Olympics."

A Greek police official said initial evidence pointed to small local anarchist and leftist groups that regularly stage minor bomb attacks around Athens.

But he added: "You have three sophisticated time bombs going off outside a police station, that's serious enough for police."

It's a good sign that someone is taking this seriously. Athens is a notoriously open city for this sort of thing and the odds are disturbingly high that some sort of Atlanta-like mayhem will take place.

Oddly, the first installment of what we used to call "Editor's Links" at Reason Online discussed possible terrorist activity at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. It's online here.