Putin has promised to protect Sochi within a “ring of steel.” The city is wall-to-wall with metal detectors, bomb-sniffing dogs and explosive detectors. But the terrorist groups say they will target not just the host city but other areas of Russia.
“Soft targets” such as transportation systems are particularly vulnerable. It is too early to tell whether the threats will keep away either athletes or tourists, but it is likely that terrorism considerations will play a role in future selections of Olympic host sites.
About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.
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