China did not build the magnificent $43 billion infrastructure for these games, or put on the unparalleled opening and closing ceremonies, simply by the dumb luck of discovering oil. No, it was the culmination of seven years of national investment, planning, concentrated state power, national mobilization and hard work.Op-Ed Columnist - A Biblical Seven Years - Op-Ed - NYTimes.com
Those were the words of New York Times writer Thomas Friedman on the spectacular success of the China Olympics. It is interesting that he should mention the dumb luck of discovering oil. As we contemplate the dismal state of everything -so it seems- in our country, despite the dumb luck of discovering oil, the Chinese Olympics offers few hints. A good start would be to reconsider the delegation that was sent to the Olympics that had more administrators than players and came back empty handed! How many years will it take us to get our act together?