Congratulations, Olympic International Committee
As noted in this article, the crime wave in Rio related to drug wars will require a little work before 2016.
The stakes must be very high, as often is the case in impoverished landscapes, for a police helicopter to literally be incinerated in the middle of the city. Apparently the pilot was strafed, and lost control as police sought to intervene in a gang-turf war. Rio promises to throw manpower at the problem, claiming that 40,000 military and security forces will keep athletes and tourists safe during the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics.
I think I’ll pass on attending either event, though I expect that Rio’s paramilitary Olympics and the athletic Olympics will have me riveted from afar. It makes our endless self-examination about crime in Chicago killing the Olympic bid seem just a tidbit naive.