A case in point -through an op-ed at Ynet- is the Fascistic ambiance on display at the opening ceremonies for the Beijing Summer Olympics. It was so thick that evening, that by all accounts, it would be hard to cut it with a knife.
Ynet: The fireworks and show at the Olympic stadium in Beijing Friday made it clear that the opening ceremony was a production on behalf of a regime showing fascist tendencies, on all this entails. In an era that is characterized by historical ignorance combined with obsessive focus on the “here and now,” it would be advisable to make the public aware of the dangers to the Free World represented by the ceremony. In the not-so-distant past we saw regimes that were able to produce stunning shows based on the movement of thousands of people with inhuman precision. The last two such regimes were the Nazis and the Communists. The perfect obedience to orders and the complete precision of the performance that were used to produce giant displays by these regimes were the same ones that enabled them to embark on wars or engage in domestic “purges” that killed millions of people and brought great destruction.
We should keep in mind the very short road from the grandiose productions and the totalistic value system they represented to concentration camps in Germany and the Soviet Union. Shows where the individual is no more than a small cog in a giant machine that operates with stunning accuracy are a well-known indication of a regime that conditions its citizens’ right to exist on them being obedient servants of the regime’s and ruling class’ needs. Such regimes have no room for diversity of opinion, political parties, and freedom of expression which constitute the basis of the part of the world that refers to itself as “free.” History taught us a frightening lesson about the conduct and terrible demise of such regimes.” More here.
It’s one very good reason to end the interest in “The Games”, or at least refusing to allow anti-democratic regimes the chance to host them. KGS