Nation: Should the Torch Be Passed?

The President first brought up the matter in his television address decrying the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and the threat was unmistakable. "Although the United States would prefer not to withdraw from the Olympic Games scheduled in Moscow this summer," said Jimmy Carter, "the Soviet Union must realize that its continued aggressive actions will endanger both the participation of athletes and the travel to Moscow by spectators who would normally wish to attend the Olympic Games."

That warning of a U.S. boycott of the Moscow Games was followed last week by a potentially...

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