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Should Tony Blair be Involved in Planning Rio de Janeiro's 2016 Olympics?

As they say in Brazil, parabens! (congratulations) to Paulo Coelho, famous novelist and fellow Brazilian, for speaking out against former Prime Minister Tony Blair's potential involvement in planning for Brazil's 2016 Olympics.

And, to Governor Sergio Cabral for declaring Rio de Janeiro "needs the organizational prowess of a politico who won the 2012 games for London": Pelo amor de Deus! (for the love of God), what are you thinking?

First, let's just get to the blindingly obvious: Isn't 2012 two years from now? Which, to anyone who can add, means London hasn't yet registered a successful Olympics. And if their underground (subway) or rail system is any indication, the London Olympics has the potential to be as disastrous as Britain's first Afghan War.

And, by the way, aren't there other political leaders whose country has hosted the Olympics and who have not engaged their country in an unnecessary war under supremely false pretenses?

I know, I know, it's all wrapped up in politics which forces me, with the same force of a humongous magnet over a pile of nails, to insert real science (Latin, scientia, for knowledge) into the most glaring of oxymorons: political science.

Let's take the name Cabral, from the Portuguese, cabra, for goat, in the same family (Bovidae) of cloven-hoofed animals like cattle. Goats shift about awkwardly and the males have horns that render them combative when they see a need.

They're also known to be curious and intelligent animals, which is why they eat anything and everything. I've seen goats eating cigarette butts on the banks of the Nile River and in Hawaii - in a garage, no less - eating cardboard boxes. The car seats came next.

It's annoying to watch because it's simply stupid behavior.

But since goats are cunning creatures this is nothing less than opportunistic foraging, animal scientists attest. It doesn't matter what they consume because, in the end, it fills their bellies.

So by swallowing this particular butt - the "tony" Blair, need I remind - Governor Goat is guaranteed to fill his belly. His political pot.

Coelho is Portuguese for rabbit, in the family Leporids, smallish mammals adapted for fast movement and long ears adept at taking in everything. Their wide field of vision also helps them get the lay of the surrounding land. You know, seeing who or what is a potential threat to their territory. Think Bugs Bunny. Think Paulo Coelho.

Rabbits are herbivores. And unlike a goat, their physiology can only take in digestible things like grass because rabbits are incapable of vomiting due to their physiology.

Lucky for the goat, he can vomit expressly at will when digesting the indigestible. And, likewise for the good governor, he can stomach anything without getting heart-burn.

For Mr. Rabbit - Paulo Coelho -- to express outrage is, of course, downright human.
Even chimps, our closest primate cousins, have moral rules and punish badly behaving chimps with negative actions. If a female chimp takes more than her fair share of food, other female chimps severely ostracize her, as the primatologist Frans de Waal will tell you.

Moral emotions help us reason by filtering human behavior through a prism that sheds the light of justice on what is right and what is wrong. So that we may justifiably ostracize fellow human primates.

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