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The entire perimeter of the stadium field is ablaze with the Olympic flame, sourced from that first torch. Beautiful. And now the flames rise and combine into the Olympic Cauldron. An extraordinary sight.

The Olympic flame at the 2012 London Olympic Games. (photo credit: Image capture from Channel 1)
The Olympic flame at the 2012 London Olympic Games. (photo credit: Image capture from Channel 1)

Cue fireworks. Pink Floyd. An extraordinary, contemporary, sophisticated conclusion to the ceremony — completed by Paul McCartney, playing “The End.”

We’re going to listen to “Hey Jude” and wish you good night.

May the Games that ensue reflect, not the shabby realpolitik and cynicism that prevented a small moment of tribute to 11 murdered athletes, but, rather, the very finest Olympic qualities that those Israeli sportsmen represented.

 

 

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