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ATLANTA 1996: THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING
The 1968 Olympics were held in Mexico City. At that time, the Mexican people had risen from their slumber and were marching in the tens of thousands, demanding economic justice from the Mexican government. But the Mexican government was extremely uptight about the Olympics that year: Mexico was to be in the world's spotlight and the Mexican elite desired above all else to impress the neighbors. The last thing wanted was that Mexican workers and taxpayers should embarrass their rulers in front of the world press, a world press that could not be censored by the corrupt Mexican government.
There was a conjunction of thousands of politically awakened Mexicans, a world press over which the Mexican government lacked control, and a Mexican elite class which dreaded embarrassment before the eyes of the world.
Taking advantage of the situation, Mexican activists began to demonstrate -- and were brutally and secretly murdered by a Mexican military unleashed on them by their social-climbing rulers who would stop at nothing to avoid loss of face amongst the other soul-less world Aristos. This event is known as the Tlatelolco Square massacre.
Tragically, things worsened at Munich in 1972, and major security has been needed at subsequent Olympics.
The 1936 Berlin Olympics served as Adolph Hitler's big showcase to the world of his Nazi Germany. (Interested readers are referred to Thomas Wolfe's You Can't Go Home Again for a great artist's portrait of the event. Think the Nazis were a great, misunderstood bunch of guys? Think again. Read Wolfe for the real picture.)
The 1996 Atlanta Olympics serve as imperialist America's showcase to the world. To the world: never mind the increasing gap between rich and poor and consequent rising subjugation of the burgeoning American underclass -- we're going to sell you a dream. We're going to sell to you (or really sell to ourselves) the American mythology of "free enterprise" and "the glories of monopoly Capitalism." And nobody, and we mean nobody, better mess with our elitist dysfunctional view of how it is in America.
Yes, there will be a massive but discrete security presence. But do not for one moment think it is there to scare away potential demonstrators who realize that "Hey, the world press will give us a fair shake. They won't ignore us like the American press always does." Oh no. The massive security presence is not there to prevent potential embarrassment of the American ruling class in front of the whole world. The massive security presence is just there for "safety's sake."
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