The Nationalistic Torch

By Patrick Appel
Fallows explains why we should want the Olympics to go well:

...the only thing that will happen if these Olympics somehow go bad is a concerted focusing of blame, inside China, on the foreigners who want to "hurt the feelings of the Chinese people" and hold China down.  Outsiders who think that a pollution emergency or a spiraling protest would focus domestic blame on the Chinese government are dreaming.