That means that the international community in 1938 did not have the knowledge about how such things could play out. “And in this sense, the historical guilt of Chamberlain and Deladier, who concluded the Munich Agreement with Hitler was all the same less than the guilt of current leaders of Western countries who make peace with Putin.”
And on the other, “in 1936,” Zaydman points out, “Hitler had not yet conducted any military campaigns, hadn’t invaded any countries or annexed any territories. Putin in 2018 however has launched two campaigns, in Ukraine and in Syria and has killed tens of thousands of people.”
Consequently, the Moscow analyst says, “the world community today had much greater reason to boycott the Putin championship than they did in the case of the 1936 Hitler Olympiad.” It cannot hide behind the idea that it doesn’t know who Putin is and by refusing to boycott the World Cup in Russia it has made itself “passively complicitous in Putin’s crimes.”
Thus, Zaydman says, “the analogy between the current championship and the 1930 Olympics is more correct. Now as in 1980, the world community already had the lesson of the Berlin Olympics, now as then Russia (the Soviet Union) was involved in a military adventure, then in Afghanistan.”
The big difference is that “in 1980, the leaders of the Est had enough political will to draw the lessons of the 1936 Olympics and now they don’t”
Wikipedia in its article on Hitler’s Olympiad, the Moscow commentator continues, points out that “after World War II, [the actions] of the International Olympic Committee in the early 1930s were recognized as mistaken. The IOC issued a formal apology.”
How long will we have to wait for FIFA to apologize for not moving the 2018 World Cup? And “when will the leaders of the West apologize for their refusal to boycott” Putin’s games? Both these are important questions. But there is a still more ominous one: Will it take an intervening world war to make these things happen?