Watching the Olympics is great visually and spiritually. Watching the Kiev riots and the carnage in Syria is appalling and dispiriting… And Vladimir Putin is deeply involved in both major events. Putin is spending billions of rubles on making the Olympics a smashing success. Putin is spending billions on attempting to make Russian Euro-Imperialism and Middle Eastern influence a smashing success. The twin World implications of these two staged and choreographed actions may seem far apart but in some people’s minds are strangely familiar. One party dominated societies tend to mirror one another in many ways. In Germany in 1936 a one party system was in power and could do virtually what ever in wanted to maintain power and make itself popular with its people. This one party found a minority that it decided to make a scapegoat for all its problems and the ignorant people went along with it. This one party ran the Olympic games that year and had to face hated minority athletes winning popular events. Its dictator attended the games and was adulated by the people. As the games were in progress this same leader was plotting the annexing of free countries by force of arm. Sound familiar?