Musings —01.16.2014 10:14 AM—
- “[The Olympics] awakens the best human characteristics. It doesn’t separate, but unites the combatants in understanding and respect. It also helps to connect the countries in the spirit of peace. That’s why the Olympic Flame should never die.”
- “We will do everything to make sure that athletes, fans and guests feel comfortable at the Olympic Games regardless of their ethnicity, race or orientation. I would like to underline that.”
In researching my Sunday Sun column, I came across the above stirring affirmations of Olympic unity, understanding, respect and tolerance. Do you know who said them?
Give up? Well, the second statement was made by Vladimir Putin, just before the start of the 2014 Sochi Olympic games. The first statement was made by one Adolf Hitler, just before the 1936 Berlin Olympic games.
In today walks tomorrow, I always say, in yesterday walks today.
The Sochi games, like the ones in Berlin, will therefore go ahead. The well-founded apprehensions of Jews have been supplanted by the well-founded apprehensions of gays. But the broad strokes of it are pretty much the same, seems to me.
I could say that we never learn, at this point, but we both know it’s literally a waste of time.