●WHAT HAS THE OLYMPIC TORCH, HITLER & THE FIVE RINGS GOT IN COMMON?
Adolf Hitler came up with them for the 1936 Olympics in Germany.
He used the Olympics as a propaganda tool for the 3rd Reich.
“….I don’t quite understand how we have forgotten that the “Olympic Torch” ceremony was invented by Hitler and his chums.
If ever there was an “invented tradition” well worth stamping out, it is this ridiculous, Fascist-inspired waste of money – which sends a Bunsen Burner around the world at tremendous cost for several months before the Games, manned (and womanned) by people dressed up in pseudo-ancient Greek costume, no doubt feeling very silly…….” Mary Beard
Seeing day by day news on the torches progress from the west to the east, is quite entertaining – wondering if anyone will mange to put the flame out – jolly exciting. Which country will do it? Who are those bully boys in blue? There is no explanation to what the protestors are protesting about. There is no historical context given. This is the problem with the news – sound bites seems to be all we are capable of handling or want.
The Chinese will be taking the touch to Tibet as it’s last stop before going to the opening ceremony. I wonder if they will change their plans given all the negative publicity in the west.
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