For the first time since the
1936 Olympics in Berlin 1980 Olympics in Moscow [ed. thanks for the reminder, Likwidshoe], a non-democratic state
is hosting the world's games. This is stunningly shameful, and I urge all readers
of whatever political persuasion to turn your back on the rehabilition of the
butchers of Tiananmen.
Instead, I recommend taking a look at this presentation by the Holocaust Memorial Museum which, probably not coincidentally, is featuring the Nazi Olympics of 1936.
Just a blurb here about the Holocaust Museum: why in the hell is the United States hosting a holocaust museum? The U.S. liberated death camps and didn't create them, so it always seemed inappropriate to host a museum in Washington D.C. that implies that America was somehow culpable for that slaughter. Having said that, the Holocaust Museum is easily the most interesting and best-designed museum I have ever been to, and this is coming from someone who is a museum hound. I highly recommend a visit.