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August 8, 2008
After all the splendour and richness of the ceremony, the fifteen thousand performers in dazzling costumes, the fierce warriors and the serene women, the part I enjoyed the most was the athletes' parade. For once not in alphabetical, but in the surprising Chinese sign order, the countries arrived in such varied groups, from only two to over two hundred, four hundred in the case of the hosts. What a fascinating parade, a marching review of political crises, human dramas, a reminder of how troubled the peoples of this planet are, how ignorant of one another, and how many we are!