Flaming irony

Nazi torch

I wonder how many of the protesters along the route of the Olympic torch know the true history of the symbol:

There is a two-word answer to those who think the Olympic torch is a symbol of harmony between nations that should be kept apart from politics –- Adolf Hitler.

The ceremony played out on the streets of Paris yesterday did not originate in ancient Greece, nor even in the 19th century, when the Olympic movement was revived. The entire ritual, with its pagan overtones, was devised by a German named Dr Carl Diem, who ran the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.

No surprise, really. The Nazi elites loved nothing so much as pagan symbolism and pageantry.

But if that isn’t bizarre enough, here’s something that ought to make the protesters’ heads explode: The Dalai Lama, head of Tibet’s government-in-exile, has close and long-standing ties to the Nazi regime that created the torch ceremony.

One wonders how many of the protesters in San Francisco would have turned out if they knew:

  • The Dalai Lama’s government-in-exile selected former SS officers and Nazi war criminals to state its case to the world (see photo below);
  • The Dalai Lama had a close relationship with Shoko Asahara, the head of the Nazi-inspired Aum Shinrikyo cult, which perpetrated a sarin gas attack in Tokyo;
  • The Dalai Lama associated with Jean Marques-Riviere, convicted in absentia and sentenced to death for turning Jews over to the Gestapo in France;
  • The brand of Buddhism practiced by the Dalai Lama is as apocalyptic and warlike as fundamental Christianity is purported to be, and in fact bears some similarities to the Wahhabi sect of Islam;
  • The Dalai Lama’s connections to the CIA spanned decades (he received about $186,000 a year from the agency from the mid-1950s through 1974).
Friends of Lama

A 1994 photo from the Dalai Lama’s own website (since removed). In the middle is the Dalai Lama. On the Dalai Lama’s immediate right is former SS member Heinrich Harrer. On the Dalai Lama’s immediate left is convicted Nazi war criminal Dr. Bruno Beger, who conducted research on prisoners at Auschwitz.

Imagine the cognitive dissonance among protesters if the major media reported on the Dalai Lama as he truly is rather than reinforcing his carefully crafted public persona — a persona that Western elites have found useful for more than fifty years as a tool in the ongoing power struggle with China.

The protesters might still be in the streets, but for entirely different reasons.

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