01.16.2014 10:14 AM

Guess who said these things about the Olympics?

  • “[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.

 

 

5 Comments

  1. Iris Mclean says:

    Get the godam games be gone!

  2. dave says:

    I have not had much experience in the terrorist business, so I am having a hard time figuring out the game plan of any terrorist who wants to make a surprise splashy statement at the Sochi events by setting off a couple of bombs some 500 kilometers away six weeks before the games begin, and then a couple of weeks later, murdering some people and setting them in booby trapped cars.
    Wouldn’t doing that kind of thing give authorities a rationale to use all that oil money to make Sochi something like a fortress against the zombie apocalypse?

  3. SD says:

    I thought Rob Ford said those quotes.

  4. SD says:

    Years from now, the International Olympic Committee will be begging Toronto to host the Olympics because no one else will want to.

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