Saturday, August 9, 2008

Olympics

Right, so, I can't believe the Olympics are in China. I mean, don't people realize that HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF? I don't mean to sound crazed, but it bothers me that we're supporting China in this way.

Reference back to about 72 years ago (From Wikpedia): The bid to host the Olympics was won before the National Socialist German Workers Party (a.k.a. the Nazi party) gained power in Germany in 1933. Since, however, the party now was in power, some leaders in the government saw the Olympic Games as an opportunity to promote their ideology, particularly its promotion of the superiority of the "Aryan Race". Adolf Hitler was convinced by Joseph Goebbels to allow the games to take place in Germany. Preparation for the Games started in the early 1930s. Hitler used the Olympics as a tool for propaganda. Film-maker Leni Riefenstahl, a favorite of Hitler, was commissioned by the International Olympic Committee to film the Games. The film, titled Olympia, originated many of the techniques now commonplace to the filming of sports.
By allowing only members of the "Aryan race" to compete for Germany, Hitler further promoted his ideological belief of racial supremacy.


Now, I'm not saying that just by having the Olympics, China is going to cause WWIII. They might have done it anyway. Or maybe Russia is starting it now? Who knows.

I'm going to watch the Olympics. I think we can celebrate them for what they are, but I just wish they were somewhere else. Oh, and my STINT team and I were on the same plane as the Uzbek Olympic boxing team one time, on a flight to London. That was cool.

1 comment:

  1. I agree. I can't believe that China won the bid for the Olympics. I have been impressed however with the Chinese people. They seem very inviting and supportive of all the athletes, not just the ones from China. I'm glad that the people of China are getting to enjoy hosting the Olympics, I just HATE the way their government operates and treats its people.

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