Forget about the goodwill of the Olympics that's supposed to transcend politics and celebrate athletics. Iran has. The country's Olympic committee yesterday criticized the logo for next year's summer games in London, calling it "racist" and encouraging other Muslim countries to oppose it.

In a letter to the International Olympic Committee President, the secretary general of Iran's National Olympic Committee said the zigzag logo spells out "Zion," a biblical term associated with Jerusalem, rather than "2012." Iran is threatening that if nothing is done with the logo, it might boycott the games.