The whole furor with regards to the Olympic Torch is quite interesting because I was watching the “Daily Show” on Comedy Central the other day when John Stewart mentioned that the Torch relay ceremony started in Germany during 1936. I was literally shocked at that statement (yes you historically aware people can laugh) because I had always assumed like the Olympics that the Torch ceremony was invented by the Greeks. I could not have been more wrong and here is an excerpt from a PDF available on the IOC’s website:
In 1936, Carl Diem, Secretary General of the Organising Committee of the Games of the XI Olympiad in Berlin, proposed the inclusion of a torch relay in the programme of the Olympics. The flame was lit in Olympia and transported to Berlin via a torch relay.
From 1936 leading up to the start of World War II in 1939, you can consider 1936 to be a growing Nazi Germany and some critics of the Olympic Torch relay have stated that the whole process of the Torch Relay was started as a way for Germany to advocate their Aryan theology. This is quite a conincidence in 2008 where we have Beijing pushing for the Torch Relay as not being political yet many people ask whether we can seperate the policies of China from the olympics? I don’t think so since the Torch Relay was started during questionable times and might even end in questionable times according to the latest statement by the IOC. They insist that the relay will not be cancelled this year however for the next Olympic games, that might be a different case.
Now I am not normally a conspiracy theorist but one cannot help but wonder if the Chinese government “greased the palms” of the members of the IOC. This would not be the first time if you think back to the Salt Lake City Olympic Games:
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This “greasing” could go as far back as the IOC awarding the olympic games to China. Given the human rights record of the PRC, you have to wonder of the logic involved in that decision back then and even now. The basic human rights that all people to are entitled too are not given to all groups in China, freedom of the press is still squashed with major news organizations like CNN and others still banned from attending major press events. If you look back at the press coverage from within China of the torch relay, they unsuprisingly show no distruption in the relay (I have CCTV here In Ireland can bear witness to this fact). Curious? So my final question to everyone, is whether the man below this text is taking money from the Chinese Government? (In case you did not know, this is the current president of the IOC)