The possibility of a terrorist attack has been increasing ever since the suicide bombings in a train station in Volgograd, which killed more than 30 civilians. Terrorism is not an uncommon event in Russia. In 2012, there were 150 terrorist attacks against Russia.
This year the U.S. is not planning a boycott against the Olympics, but they are taking certain precautions. But, if anything major happens the U.S. will bring back its whole team. Olympians have been warned of the possible risks to them, and have been requested to avoid wear excessively large flags representing there country.
In July of the past year, Duko Umarov, the head of a terrorist group known as the Caucasus Emirates in the United States, released a video message calling for attacks on the Olympic Games. This group is infamous for calling out attacks ahead of time and executing them. Then, in January of this year, a radical Islamist group released a video saying that they were behind the bombings in Volgograd, and that they have a “treat” for spectators in the Olympics.
Attack in Volgograd
The U.S government and the Russian government are collaborating to try to prevent any possible Terrorist attacks. The U.S. deployed warships to Sochi (reports say only two, but they have helicopters on them), whose main purpose is to, according to the government, rapidly evacuate American athletes and coaches, in case of a terrorist attack. There will also be an aircraft available in Germany that can travel to Sochi in two hours, in case of an attack.
Terrorist attacks on the Olympics Games are not a rarity. There were terrorists attacks at the Summer Games in Atlanta, Georgia in 1996. Only one person was killed, but more than 100 were injured. Before the games began, an armed man was stopped by security when he tried to enter the arena. Many terrorist attacks occur at the Olympic Games because the event is privy to worldwide news, so if something happens there it becomes known globally in a relatively short time. This is why terrorists target the Olympics. The worst ones came in the Munich Games of 1972, where Palestinian terrorists killed some members of the Israeli Team. In this attack, 17 people died, including 11 Israeli team members and five terrorists.
In 1980, the U.S. boycotted the Olympics in Moscow, Russia, to protest Russian intervention in Afghanistan. The U.S. not only was opposed to the war, but they also feared a terrorist attack on the Olympic Games. Even though the U.S. boycotted the Olympics, Russia (formerly the Soviet Union back in the 1980s) didn’t change their foreign policy towards Afghanistan. They eventually left ten years, later, but by that time the Soviet Union collapsed.
A terrorist attack on this year Winter Games might happen, ever since continuing terrorists attacks in Russia. There are also rumors that said that there might be a black widow inside the stadium already. Countries are taking certain precautions to prevent a terrorist attack, by sending Russia Military supplies. If anything happens at the Games, the U.S. will immediately bring back its whole team.Sources Arkhipov, Ilya. “Suicide Bombings Seen Rising in Russian Region Near Olympics.”Bloomberg.com. Bloomberg, 27 Jan. 2014. Web. 05 Feb. 2014. <http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-26/russia-suicide-bombings-rise-in-region-near-sochi-report-shows.html>. “Carter Tells U.S. Athletes of Olympic Boycott.” History.com. A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 05 Feb. 2014. <http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/carter-tells-us-athletes-of-olympic-boycott>. Klimas, Jacqueline. “U.S. Warships Deploy for Sochi Olympics.” Washington Times. The Washington Times, 20 Jan. 2014. Web. 05 Feb. 2014. <http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jan/20/us-warships-deploy-for-sochi-olympics/>. “Life.” LIFE. Time, n.d. Web. 04 Feb. 2014. <http://life.time.com/history/munich-massacre-1972-olympics-photos/#1>. Sack, Kevin. “BOMB AT THE OLYMPICS: THE OVERVIEW;OLYMPICS PARK BLAST KILLS ONE, HURTS 111; ATLANTA GAMES GO ON.”The New York Times. The New York Times, 28 July 1996. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. <http://www.nytimes.com/1996/07/28/us/bomb-olympics-overview-olympics-park-blast-kills-one-hurts-111-atlanta-games-go.html>. “Sochi 2014 – Visitor Information For Olympic and Paralympic Games.” Sochi 2014. Government of United States of America, 25 Sept. 2013. Web. 05 Feb. 2014. <http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/go/Sochi.html>. Image, Bolshay at Night. N.d. Photograph. Sochi. “Bolshoy” at Night. Sochi Olympics, 20 Jan. 2014. Web. 05 Feb. 2014. <http://www.sochi2014.com/en/photo-gallery-bolshoy-at-night?photoid=0000002316>. Image, N.d. Photograph. DW.DE. 31 Dec. 2013. Web. 05 Feb. 2014. <http://www.dw.de/us-offers-russia-support-at-sochi-after-volgograd-attacks/a-17333723>.