What was the motivation, exactly? Every nation has its own interests, for better or for worse. You talk about deflection and an apologist attitude, but it seems to me, like the cold war, it goes both ways, does it not? It's the classic case of who can throw the most mud the farthest. When people say, directly or indirectly 'well, you are deflecting the issue and saying, everyone else dopes so why only focus on so and so...' that's a classic case of deflecting. Does it make it ok for the Russians to dope, even though the Americans have had scores of doping cases over the decades, in various sports? Of course it doesn't. However, it seems to me that from what I have seen in the US, since i've lived there the longest, there is an ignoramus outlook, particularly to certain parts of the world, specifically, Russia. Russia is this, Russia is that. Putin is worse than Hitler, etc, etc. I don't know how the US is perceived in Russia, as I've never been to Russia, so I am not going comment on that, but from what I have seen, the US is never gun-shy to point fingers at anything Russian. The politicians fuel this fire on a daily basis, the media lap it up and the average joe buys into it like a little kid eats ice cream on a hot summer day. I don't doubt the Russians do this too differently.
My main point is, until people start looking at these issues objectively, nothing will change in not just sports or olympics, but in life in general. There seems to be this urge to always live in controversy. Once people see doping as a global issue and not just pointing solely at Russia and basically every other non-English speaking country, we can really tackle the issue. Nobody here really denies that Russia has issues with doping in sports, but we are also not blinded by the hypocrisy by countries like the US and UK who relentlessly point fingers while parading their own dopers. The vast majority of Russians that have been caught doping in the past few years, have been caught by Russian authorities: RUSADA, the RUSOC and Ministry of sport. They have worked with WADA and independent, foreign based institutions to help them fight doping. People only want to hear what they want to hear. I am not a Russian, I've never even been to Russia, from what I know, I've never had any friends or relatives that have been to Russia for a longer period of time (i.e, vacation, job related, etc), but quite frankly, I too, am nauseated by the endless mud slinging towards anything Russian these days. I am saying 'these days' because I was born when the Cold War was winding down. I can only imagine the vitriol in the the decades prior to 1991.