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Remembering 1972 Munich Olympic Games Massacre

Forty years ago members of a Palestinian terrorist organization found a way into the Olympic Village in Munich Germany and kidnapped 11 Israeli athletes in the hope of using them as hostages in a prisoner swap.  However, a botched German rescue went horribly wrong and all of the hostages were murdered as they sat in a helicopter with their arms and legs tied together awaiting departure for the airport and hopefully their release. 

The Face of Terrorism

Several movies on the subject have been made since, all of them heartbreaking.  Until “Munich” came along.  The difference?  “Munich” was based on the aftermath of the murders and how the Israeli Mossad went after the freed terrorists that were captured by the Germans.  What this movie proved, however, was that as much as the Israelis wanted blood for the murders they did not want it at the cost of becoming murderers themselves.  Years later the ultimate leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, Yasser Arafat, would be seen shaking hands with Yitshak Rabin in Washington in his attempt at peace.  He even received a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts.  Suddenly, everyone forgot about all the people he killed and Munich, even though “Black September,” a branch group of the PLO, claimed credit.  A detailed account of what happened that fateful day in 1972 can be read here, including the thoughts and interviews with olympian Mark Spitz.

The London games mark the 40th anniversary of this horrific mark on olympic history.  And what does the International Olympic Committee have to show for it?  Absolutely nothing.  Jacques Rogge, the International Olympic Committee’s President, feels as if the opening ceremonies are not the place to remember such a tragedy.  I wonder, where is the proper place?  These men were an integral part of the Olympic family and deserve the repsect and honor of their peers, especially during this time as an anniversary date of the massacre.  Who is he to make such a decision when the rest of the democratic world thinks otherwise?  Let’s face it;  His decision is based on two things, racism and politics.  If this were any other Christian or Muslim country that faced such a horrific incident every effort would be made to honor their athletes, but because they were Jews and Israeli’s to boot, there is no way Rogge or the IOC is going to upset the fragile balance of Olympic harmony with their Muslim neighbors who have threatened to boycott the games if such a memorial service is performed.

Only Fox News has the Chutzpah, or guts, to bring attention to these courageous men who died.  See reporter Jen Floyd Engel’s story here.


Botched Rescue

And finally, Bob Costas plans on adding his own on air commemoration prior to the games.  I am so glad that at least one news organization has still retained some semblance of the right kind of morals and values that the IOC and the Arab world doesn’t.  The shame of it all.  These are human beings competing in what are supposed to be the one moment when the world puts all of their differences aside and competes as one, regardless of politics and religion. But the Arab world doesn’t see it that way and the IOC, like the United Nations, capitulates to their every demand.  They should all be ashamed of themselves for such indifference and outright racism.  They should reach down deep into their hearts and do the right thing for once in the hope that this remembrance shall never be allowed to happen again.  Read the Bob Costas story here.


Casket of Israeli Athlete Carried by American Soldiers


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