At a meeting of the Union des Sports Athlétiques in Paris on Nov. 25, 1892, Pierre Le Coubertin stated,
Let us export our oarsmen, our runners, our fencers into other lands. That is the true Free Trade of the future; and the day it is introduced into Europe the cause of Peace will have received a new and strong ally.
It inspires me to touch upon another step I now propose and in it I shall ask that the help you have given me hitherto you will extend again, so that together we may attempt to realise [sic], upon a basis suitable to the conditions of our modern life, the splendid and beneficent task of reviving the Olympic Games.
The Olympic Games have come far from this meeting, and to a large degree have become more of a beautiful but dangerous monster that is held in far too high a regard for what they have morphed into over the last century.
It is an event that is constantly the reason for upheaval in the lives of people who have no interest in the aggrandizement of its well-moneyed participants. Le Coubertin or "Le Renovatuer" would probably be pleased at what he saw on the outside but would no doubt be disgusted by what lies beneath the splendorous surface.
Look at the thousands of Chinese displaced by the Chinese government before the games had even started.
Incidents of brutality were reported the world over as people were beaten out of their homes and livelihoods.
This has also happened across the world in past years as "beautification" measures have been implemented to hide the shame of a host nation.
In recent times, we saw Sydney and its measures to clean up areas of its city in preparation for the arrival of the world's sports teams and the judgmental eyes of the world's media.
Mexico in 1968 is another example of the brutality that the fear of the eyes of the world can provoke in would-be hosts.
Not only do these sort of happenings besmirch the games before they begin, but there is the added history of biased judging, dope scandals and the various boycotts of past years as well.
This year, as well as the threat of these, we had riots in a disputed territory occupied by the Olympic hosts. The baton ceremony was probably the most laughable attempt at world co-operation ever seen. But at least the Chinese just got on with it.
There are those who forget they are perhaps one of the world's oldest existing civilisations with a wealth of history and knowledge that would put most nations of the world to shame.
Pity that they are still very much influenced by the socialism and fascism that has held back their true cultural identity for decades now. The government does retain its power because of it, though, and I think any true statesman would admire the Machiavellian nature of their intent.
The moral high ground is quickly taken by those who would attempt to portray themselves in a more historical favourable position as truer patrons of the "World Games" than the current holder, whoever it may be.
China and its human rights record have been condemned from the outset as Western and Westernised nations condemn the fast-rising new superpower.
The most ridiculous thing about this condemnation is the hypocrisy of those who would condemn the Communist nation.
Western Governments (and one in particular) conduct their affairs in much the same manner as the Chinese, except, they perhaps do not have the control over their countries' media that the Chinese enjoy.
The CIA must be go green with envy when they see the powers of suppression that their Chinese counterparts are able to bring into play.
I do not the blame the Chinese for their style of government as it is indicative of the human condition and its desire for power and control.
They conduct their state affairs in the manner all governments wish to, with strong actions and no room for compromise. Do not kid yourself that the government that you live under would not behave the same way if they were able to.
As the world as a whole begins to take the tentative steps toward groups of nations, as large federal entities in preparation for the fantastically projected one world government envisioned by the founders of the League of Nations and its spin off the United Nations, we get a glimpse in China of what this fascist entity will behave like.
The Olympic games have become less than what Pierre De Coubertin aka "Le Renovateur", would have hoped when he first suggested the games be revived all those years ago and more of a sham perpetuated by the money holders and makers of the world.
We also, more and more, glimpse elements of some sort of 'brave new world' of the type Aldous Huxley predicted in the 1930's with his book of the same name.
While they still produce the sporting magic that dreams are made of, there is a nightmare lurking in the background for those not fortunate enough to be a part of them.
God save those who are in the wrong place at the wrong time when the Olympics come to town.
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