Sunday, August 12, 2012

The Olympic Ideal

This picture speaks louder than ten thousand political essays.


Blogger carl jacobs said...

The picture may speak volumes, but what it says is a lie. Sport unites nothing. No doubt similar pictures could be found from the 1936 Olympics. Should we then say that a moment of private respect between two athletes may sweep aside a fundamental conflict that was ultimately resolved only by war?

You will notice that this is a picture of an Iranian and an American and not an Iranian and an Israeli. The second image would speak volumes but only to the Iranian athlete.

Hear the loud alarum bells -
Brazen bells!
What a tale of terror, now, their turbulency tells!
In the startled ear of night
How they scream out their affright!
Too much horrified to speak,
They can only shriek, shriek ...


12 August 2012 at 14:46  
Blogger Methusalem said...

Yes, Indeed! Hussein of the US showing his muslimbrotherhood to Hussein of Iran.

12 August 2012 at 15:00  
Blogger OldSouth said...

Your Grace: Just can't catch a break, can you?

Thanks for posting this small positive moment. Ignore the trolls, venting their middle-aged anger from their apartments in the basements of their parents' houses.

12 August 2012 at 17:31  
Blogger Corrigan1 said...

Cranmer, are you seriously saying that sport unites? I mean, seriously? You actually believe this? You honestly think that sports people are anything other than businessmen and women trading for profit? What year do you think this is? 1904?

12 August 2012 at 17:32  
Blogger Robert said...

I suspect there will be a penalty to be paid by the Iranian athlete on his return home. Muslims are not particularly sappy on the brotherhood of man concept as Western feelgoodnics are.

12 August 2012 at 17:45  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

I agree with Old South. What a negative reaction to a moment of individual unity between two people.

And carl, why not focus on the men involved rather than their countries?

12 August 2012 at 19:09  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

I say, let’s forget about Iran’s nuclear weapon building program to destroy Israel and revel in the joy of friendship as exhibited in the games and by this very photo, says the Inspector sardonically, leaning heavily on irony and awash with scepticism, all wrapped up in the cloth of suspicion. If you catch this man’s drift...

12 August 2012 at 19:12  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Greetings bird.

That wicked county should not have been invited. North Korea too...

12 August 2012 at 19:14  
Blogger carl jacobs said...


Because if you only focus on the two men, the picture doesn't say more than 10,000 political essays.


12 August 2012 at 19:22  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...


True - yet, maybe it tells us something about people and humanity.

12 August 2012 at 22:20  
Blogger Pubcrawler said...

Adversaries respect one another. 'Twas ever thus. Diomedes and Glaukus exchanged arms in the heat of battle, didn't stop the Trojan War.

13 August 2012 at 00:16  
Blogger carl jacobs said...


So you are opposing me because I addressed the point actually made by the good archbishop instead of the point you think he should have made?


13 August 2012 at 01:02  
Blogger John Magee said...

carl jacobs

There is a similar picture like this one from the 1936 Berlin OLympics It is of American black athlete Jesse Owens and German athlete Luz Long. They became good friends and corresponded until Germany went to war with the USA in 1941. Luz Long was killed in WW II. As you can imagine it was a dangerous and brave thing for Luz Long in 1936 Nazi Germany to befriend a memember of an "inferior race". I am suspicous of the photo "The Olympic Ideal". Call me a cynic but not a racist please. But the American in this London Olympic photo is obviously black and almost certainly not a black Jewish American as they are almost nonexistent in the USA. I wonder if the black American in the photo who is so chummmy with the Iranian could be a member of the American Black Muslim sect who's leader Louis Farrakhan adore Iran and it's insane leader Ahmadinajad? I'm simply wondering and always suspicious of propaganda. I truly hope the men in this photo are just happy Olympians who became friends because of the friendly good fellowship and rivalry of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. One thing is absolutely certain. Had the American been Jewish and the Iranian known it he would not be hugging the American like this.

13 August 2012 at 04:33  
Blogger Methusalem said...

@John Magee

I second your thoughts. Even the IOC's refusal to stage a minute's silence for the Munich '72 tragedy is now forgotten completely. Instead, they search for such little known pictures, or celebrate the participation of Saudi and Afghan Muslim 'ambassadors'. Even Briton's new Muslim hero, Mohammad Farrah was seen being unfriendly to the Christian athletes from Kenya and Ethiopia, while hugging other Muslims from Bahrain and co. Have you noticed the frequent presence of a Muslim woman in hijab standing together the IOC officials during the medal presentations?

I would have preferred to see the Saudi female 'wrestler' against an Israeli athlete.

13 August 2012 at 12:17  
Blogger John Magee said...


I thought the rioters I saw on TV last August running through the streets burning stores and cars in London and other British cities were in training as runners for the 2012 British Olympic team.

13 August 2012 at 16:46  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...


In the final analysis politics is about the relationships between people.

Mr Cranmer's comment is open to a number of interpretations - just like scripture.

13 August 2012 at 23:07  

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