"..a bardy view!"

Never in the Field of Human Conflict………

ChurchillIt was Great Britain which provided the inspiration to the founders of the Modern Olympics.

That legacy in this 30th Olympiad has come home. Whilst the official language is French, it is the dominance of the English language which turns the world on its axis.

In this world where China is flexing her muscles, where Russia plays dangerous games, it is the free democratic nations of the world which provide the light. Would you want to live in a world dominated by China or Russia – in sport or elsewhere?

If the European Union competed as one entity it would rule the world. UK, Germany, France, Italy, Holland, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Ireland, Norway – have a combined gold medal total far greater than that of the China.

Yet their combined population is considerably less than China's 1.5Billion – indeed the population of the EU is similar to the USA.

Of course the EU consist of separate countries, with different languages, but they are free democratic ones also.

It's time we stopped pussy footing around, it's time that we all stood our ground united. It's time we embraced the free nations of the world as one family to include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. This is a mighty force, which needs to meld as one.

We must stop the Russian bully. We must halt the Chinese insipid onslaught to capture and control global resources. These two nations are Permanent Members of the United Nations Security Council, and yet together they play selfish games, opposing resolutions merely to further their personal interests or maintain their own status quo.

They make a mockery of the UN, they undermine its principles, and they are a cancer.

After the Great War of 1914-1918, the League of Nations was established to prevent future global conflict and mass slaughter. It didn't work. After WWII the United Nations was created on the same ethos. Yet two countries – Russia and China – are deliberately putting the spanner in the works.

Are we expected to just stand by, impotent to help countries in distress, where people are being murdered by despots and dictators, just because the paperwork doesn't get stamped by unanimous signatories?

I for one am quite cheesed off about this. I wasn't in the last world war, but I grew up with people who fought in it. I grew up knowing about the sacrifices made for freedom; I grew up knowing about Winston Churchill, and when he died I wept along with the nation, even though I was a child in 1965.

That collective grief was genuine. I knew at an early age that my great uncles had fought and died in 1916. I knew that my uncles had fought Rommel in the Desert, and that my father had blown up bridges as a sapper at risk to his own life. I knew that I had an uncle with a metal plate in his head because he was shot down in his Spitfire defending his country in the Battle of Britain. I grew up with these people, and now they are all dead.

 So yes, I'm pretty cheesed off, because I instilled the beliefs of freedom and courage to my own children, and find them betrayed by the very people who my relatives along with scores of thousands other selfless people gave their lives for.

I refuse to stand by and see the sacrifices of those I have loved be discarded with impunity, and see them die in futility. I refuse to allow the dominance of ruthless, heartless, and mercenary countries like Russia and China prance and dance on the world stage, both countries which have little time for human rights and regard the lives of their own citizens as cheap and disposable items.

I cannot believe that after one thousand years of civilised democracy, with so much conflict, with the deaths of countless people, we still live in a world that requires diplomacy on egg shells.

Enough is enough!

It’s time to meet the bear and dragon head on – call their bluff – show them that the lion is proud and strong.

March onwards, and march, march again. Live for those who have died and prove that even though dead we honour them -  that we will never forget them and prove that in death they live on.

The Olympics may not change the world, but perhaps they give a sense of identity. That alone may make the whole business worth it!


August 12, 2012 - Posted by | Culture, Current Affairs, Education, Europe, Events, History, Olympic Games, Politics, Sport, United Kingdom, USA | , , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Excellent as always. Believe it or not, I grew up in a country, albeit small which was the only country in the world to stand up to these bullies. Unfortunately, we were sold out by Western nations who we thought were friends. Despite the bitterness of all this I still believe wholeheartedly in what you are saying here. Bravo.


    Comment by Spook Moor | August 12, 2012 | Reply

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