August 24, 2008 7:38 AM

Was holding the Olympics in Beijing the right decision?

Everyone agrees that the games were a technical success, the venues beautiful and the competition exciting. But debate continued as the games ended about whether the International Olympic Committee had honored the Olympic spirit by awarding the games to a country led by an authoritarian government with little taste for dissent or transparency. "What was the goal of bringing the games to Beijing?" asked one commentator. "If it was to improve human rights, they failed miserably."

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