Nine years later Carl Diem ended WWII as fanatical military commander at the Olympic stadium exhorting his troops to be like the Spartans, to not fear dying for their country and to die like heroes.
"Sporting chivalrous contest,"…"helps knit the bonds of peace between nations. Therefore may the Olympic flame never expire" - Adolf Hitler
With the recent trouble in Tibet, amongst other things, the fear is that the torch relay will attract a multitude of anti-China protests, and already certain activist groups have planned demonstrations in London, Paris and San Francisco all part of the route that the torch will pass through. (Taiwan and Tibet were removed from the original route, perhaps sparking memories of what happened to countries along the route of the 'original' torch relay!) [Route] Mr Kyriakou, President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee, said last week at the torch handover - before it was flown to Beijing:
As an aside and to 'compliment' the image, the swastika has been in the blogosphere news the last couple of days: the 'swastika' logo for the progressive governance Promoting Prosperity summit in London yesterday wasn't really 'proof-read' before use was it - memories of London's own Olympic logo! If you follow the link through to the Number 10 website you'll see it's been changed/updated since the recent polemic.
"The Olympic flame is the timeless symbol which stirs admiration, pride and faith [in] the Olympic ideals and values"…"I hope the world community welcomes the flame and honours it".