"Regardless of whether there is anti-American sentiment in Athens or not, the world watches Americans a lot now in terms of how they behave and our culture. What I am trying to do with the athletes and coaches is to suggest to them that they consider how the normal things they do at an event, including the Olympics, might be viewed as confrontational or insulting or cause embarrassment."
"What I am telling the athletes is, 'Don't run over and grab a flag and take it round the track with you.' It's not business as usual for American athletes. If a Kenyan or a Russian grabs their national flag and runs round the track or holds it high over their heads, it might not be viewed as confrontational. Where we are in the world right now, an American athlete doing that might be viewed in another manner."
So, certain nationalities may be incapable of coping with their own bitterness, lack of sportsmanship, and inability to handle a multinational athletic event in good spirits, so we should walk on eggshells for them? Mike at Miniluv is right: That's just plain patronizing. Let those certain nations show themselves for what they are. After all, we're the ones who are supposed to be incapable of getting along in the international community, right?
The idiot is right. And, logically, the next conclusion is that we shouldn't try to beat any of the athletes from other countries cause, ya know, they might find it confrontational and we don't want that!
I love my international friends, but in the case of this issue and most like it... I say