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Get some perspective, LDC

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Submitted by Sword of Islam & The Babies of Beslan (United Kingdom), Jul 11, 2006 at 16:34

Hypocrisy, LDC. Pure and simple. God forbid that other amateur historians should retrospectively place the bulk of their emphasis on Abu Graib and Guantanamo Bay at the expense of the brave US & British Forces fighting on all our behalfs. However, that allusion is one that you probably won't be able to grasp so I will not labour the point.

I'm reminded of the US participation in the 1936 Olympic games. Shameful that the head of the US Olympic Committee (Avery Brundage - Presbyterian) should ignore the clamour from the Catholic community in the US to boycott the Olympic Games given the considerable racial discrimination suffered by Jewish athletes in Germany at the time. Even more shameful that the only two Jewish US track and field athletes should be 'mysteriously' replaced at the very last minute by the Protestant head of the Olympic committee. If only the Episcopalian President had exercised some influence but then he was probably waiting for an example to be set by the Vatican that he could follow; if LDC's logic is anything to go by. It is a mystery to me that such non-Catholics expect the representatives of a belief to which they do not subscribe to follow a higher moral code that that of themselves or their own leaders! By definition, it implies an inferiority complex which perhaps goes some way towards explaining this paradox. But then, we all wish that a JFK had been around at the time - things might have been very different! The US might have actually done something in the FOUR years of war that preceded her magnificent intervention. Many millions would have been saved - more than the Vatican could have dreamt of saving.

It is shameful that historical revisionists have sought to rewrite this Olympic episode as a racial equality victory for the US fought single-handedly by Jesse Owens (no stranger to the 'back of the bus'). Nobody exploring that period of history could possibly believe that. If this were a valid motive it would beg the question as why the US should then boycott the Moscow Olympics in 1980. If the 1936 revisionists are to believed that would make the only possible excuse one of.....................fear. Unlikely!

The Germans won more medals in 1936 than any other nation so the illusion of 'spitting in Hitler's eye' is delusional at best. Hitler's spirits were not dampened enough that he should fail to return Jesse Owen's greetings (see link) and the rest is history. His government was legitimised by such global participation and his resolve strengthened by the victory of his master-race.

(http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Holocaust/olympics.html)

I have great admiration for the US as an entity. So why attack it in such a way, you might say? Because, like the Vatican, it is populated by imperfect people dealing with the problems of an imperfect world. One generally accepts this of all men and our moral options are generally determined by the 'lesser of two evils' and are always open to attack by those with an axe to grind. Such mentalities are clearly closed to logic and perspective so it is regrettably necessary to use the same wavelength as that which they operate on, ie seeing evil everywhere and ignoring the good that counterbalances it.

LDC expresses indignation that during the War Years representatives of the Vatican did not 'swap' or offer to 'swap' places with the internees of the concentration camps (disregarding the simple fact that many Catholic priests ended up there, anyway). This indignation is surprising as LDC is not an adherrent of the Catholic faith. Presumably, this indignation can only stem from the fact that the leaders of his own denomination DID make such an act of substitution! I am very surprised, and impressed, by this as it sounds like the premise for a great movie! Has it already been made? Are there any websites documenting this act of Christian zeal?

Pope Pius was lauded by the Jewish community in general before his death. Unfortunately, in this age of ours, one is at one's most vulnerable from the intellectually and morally bankrupt members of our society as soon as the funeral rites have begun. It makes for great book sales. The Vatican is far from perfect, but it tries. The same holds true of the U.S. However, my hackles rise as soon as I see the same propaganda that adorns the websites of neo-Nazi groups regurgitated by those who ought to know better.

Read a few books. That's my advice! Get some perspective and learn to recognise hypocrisy...........................

Have a nice day,

Sword

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