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Olympics Are Not A Reason to Ignore Tyranny: British and China

Posted by Author on February 10, 2008

Daily Mail, UK, Feb. 10, 2008-

It would be simpler if the Olympic Games could always be held in free countries, where athletes can concentrate solely on winning medals without drugs or cheating.

The document the British Olympic Association requires our competitors to sign is controversial only because in China a pledge of good behaviour is viewed by the BOA as a promise to keep quiet about police state repression.

It is easy to see how the BOA got into this mess. The claim that the Olympics are “non-political” has always been part of the humbug of this movement. Nobody really believes it, but as long as everyone pretends to do so, this breathtaking and inspiring festival can take place almost anywhere.

Yet even the most sport-obsessed person must surely wonder whether we are paying too high a moral price for a few weeks of splendid spectacle.

Nobody can now deny that the Berlin Olympics of 1936 strengthened and polished the revolting Nazi regime, at home and abroad.

The England football team giving Nazi salutes in Berlin in 1938

(photo: Past shame — The England football team giving Nazi salutes in Berlin in 1938/ by Daily Mail)

More recently, Warsaw Pact nations used improper and cruel methods to prepare their athletes for Cold War Olympic contests, in the belief that victory in track and field would mean prestige for worldwide Communism.

The 1980 Moscow games encouraged Leonid Brezhnev’s Kremlin to think it could get away with its invasion of Afghanistan and cruel persecution of dissidents.

Meanwhile, the People’s Republic long ago introduced politics into the Games by pressuring the International Olympic Committee to prevent Taiwan from competing under its own flag or even its own name.

And it is clear that the Chinese Government hopes the Beijing Olympiad will help to establish the country not only as a new superpower but also as a modern and advanced nation.

Yet, while it has been only too happy to rebuild its capital and to commission an array of ultra-modern buildings intended to dazzle the world, it shows no sign of renovating its intolerant, censored single-party political system.

So any claim by China that the Olympics are non-political is absurd, dishonest and not to be taken seriously.

Because of this, British athletes who feel moved by their consciences to speak out about Tiananmen Square or Tibet should not feel bound by the BOA’s attempt to silence them.


Not so long ago it was the militant Left who quite rightly condemned apartheid South Africa for its obsession with classifying its people by race and colour. The same people, equally rightly, objected to the law poking its nose into the private lives of homosexuals, and got that nasty law repealed.

But now the same Left is in charge, it mirrors exactly the same obsessions.

Try to win a contract with the London Development Agency and you will be interrogated not only about the race of yourself and your staff but also about their sexual tastes. What if they don’t want to go public about it?

One of the best traditions of this country used to be minding your own business. It is time it was revived.

Original report from Daily Mail

One Response to “Olympics Are Not A Reason to Ignore Tyranny: British and China”

  1. George J. Mitchell, fraud said

    The Olympics are about one thing, and only one thing:

    MONEY for GE (NBC)

    BILLIONS in profits

    Massive doping new records makes this possible.

    Dnd fictional themes too.

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