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Olympic Opening Ceremonies and the Death Throes of a Civilization

Palestinians celebrating the opening of the 2012 Olympics Games

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Britain is not alone in her shallow, artistic commemorations of a dying culture.  Western Europe’s official vision of itself largely boils down to that.  I believe there are still many individuals in Europe – as distinct from the ruling precincts of political correctness and utopianism – who have the courage to forge a different future.  But as a useful vehicle for what needs to be done, the continent’s official organizations, its governments and agencies, are beyond their expiration date.  Too many of them do not serve the people now, but only indenture and discourage them.

Such a situation cannot endure.  No amount of artistic entertainment can make fear, loss of purpose, and politically correct weakness noble or inspiring, much less invincible.  The post-liberal culture and political idea of Europe are not in a position to triumph today.  They are not even in a position to survive.

Some bonus material evoking what England once was.  A poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson:

England and America in 1782*

 

O thou that sendest out the man

To rule by land and sea,

Strong mother of a lion-line,

Be proud of those strong sons of thine

Who wrenched their rights from thee!

 

What wonder if in noble heat

Those men thine arms withstood,

Retaught the lessons thou hadst taught,

And in thy spirit with thee fought –

Who sprang from English blood!

 

But thou rejoice with liberal joy,

Lift up thy rocky face,

And shatter, when the storms are black,

In many a streaming torrent back,

The seas that shock thy base!

 

Whatever harmonies of law

The growing world assume,

Thy work is thine – the single note

From that deep chord which Hampden smote

Will vibrate to the doom.

* G. Robert Stange, ed., The Poetical Works of Tennyson: Cambridge Edition (Boston. Houghton-Mifflin, 1974), p. 62 and note, p. 627)

Originally published at http://hotair.com/greenroom/archives/2012/07/28/olympic-opening-ceremonies-and-the-death-throes-of-a-civilization/

About the Author: J.E. Dyer is a retired US Naval intelligence officer who served around the world, afloat and ashore, from 1983 to 2004.


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15 Responses to “Olympic Opening Ceremonies and the Death Throes of a Civilization”

  1. The International Olympic Committee’s refusal to commemorate the 11 Israeli athletes killed by terrorists in Munich in 1972 because the IOC doesn’t want to “politicize” the games doesn't stand up to its actions.

  2. Nür Al-Dajani says:

    Sir, stop living in your past. There is a reason we are "TRYING" to evolve into more civilized humans.

  3. Who will pay your tuition fees for York? So far, the Jews and Christians built that school. Where in the Koran are civiilized beings? The ones that marry nine year old girls? The ones that stone woman for 'looking' at a man? The ones that go to heaven for killing non-believers? Bring it on my dear, you too will wear a Burkah if you support Sharia law and you too will be a slave unto your husband.

  4. Gil Gilman says:

    This by far the silliest thing I have read here in recent months. I can only say…"you first…lol"

  5. Gil Gilman says:

    I truly believe that WAS the Queen jumping out of the helicopter. I also believe that Olympic politics are clean, and that a second Obama administration will be even better than the first.

  6. Dujani…do you honestly believe we ought not remember our past? Further, if this is civilized, I for one want to be 'un-civilized' and I completely understand where you are coming from…you obviously believe in 'evolvution'! Thanks, not a chance. But, God bless you dear.

  7. Absolutely agree…

  8. Charlie Hall says:

    "But then, a civilization that singles out some humans, like Israeli Jews, to show less care for – less solidarity with – is a weak and unsustainable one. "

    I agree. And ironically it is the UK's National Health Service, along with a somewhat different health system in Israel, that are some of the best examples of a society caring about all of its citizens, not allowing only the well to do to have access to health care.

    Unfortunately, most of the Republican Party in the US wants to keep the US in such a week and unsustainable condition.

  9. Charlie Hall says:

    There are numerous discussions in the Talmud about nine year olds — or younger — getting married off by their fathers, with no choice on the part of the girl. It is explicitly permitted by the Torah. Furthermore, the Torah itself contains narratives where entire populations of non-believers are killed.

    Fortunately we don't do any of that any more. Most Muslims don't want to, either.

  10. Charlie Hall says:

    Many have proclaimed the death of nations and civilizations. Back in 1967, the Broadway musical "Hair" proclaimed the US to be a "dying nation" thanks to the Vietnam war. I suspect that this essay will be as accurate as the authors of "Hair".

  11. Stewart Nasar says:

    evilolympics.com

  12. Stewart Nasar says:

    evilolympics.com

  13. Steve Mendelle says:

    So true..I won't watch anything to do with this corrupt organisation.

  14. Ellen there were tribute cereomonies honoring the Israeli Athletes although not part of the official ceromonies. Some people are NOT cowards and don't bow to the current PC far left attitdues about Israel. http://www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc/2012/07/french-swimmer-stuns-olympic-games-with-a-silent-tattoo.html Also: http://www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc/2012/07/french-swimmer-stuns-olympic-games-with-a-silent-tattoo.html

  15. Sorry, I posted the same link twice. Here's the other one I meant to post. The Italian Olympic team held a moment of Silence for the murdered Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics.http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/07/italian-olympic-team-holds-moment-of-silence-for-israeli-victims-of-munich-massacre/

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