While Tim's post was mostly about pointing out some pretty shocking historical ignorance, it does raise an interesting question. Will we look back in twenty or thirty years and put Beijing 2008 and Berlin 1936 in the same category? I don't know, but random protesters aren't the only ones making the comparison.
Last week Rob Anders, a Canadian Conservative MP, said "These Olympics that are going on are very similar to the Berlin 1936 Olympics. They're absolutely 100 per cent a propaganda exercise by Communist China. The fact they've got torch goons going from country to country, intimidating athletes and others as they run, is an example of that."
He went on to say "If people could see the forced labour camps (in China), they would understand. This regime has not fallen to a foreign power and not had people go in to expose their camps for what they are. They exist: I mean, there's goods that are being purchased in Canada today that are made in forced slave labour, in Chinese labour camps."