It would be nice to think that at this year’s Summer Olympics in London, there would be some kind of gesture to remember the Israeli athletes who were savagely killed at the Munich games 40 years earlier. Perhaps with, say, a moment of silence.
International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge won’t budge: There will be no minute’s silence for the Israeli victims of the 1972 Munich massacre at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics.
Rogge rejected the latest calls Saturday for a special observance to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the murder of 11 Israeli athletes and coaches by Palestinian gunmen at the Munich Games.
“We feel that the opening ceremony is an atmosphere that is not fit to remember such a tragic incident,” Rogge said.
Yeah, because no one remembers victims of terrorism at any Olympic opening ceremonies. Oh, wait. They do:
It was right to remember the 9/11 victims. It would be right to remember the victims of terrorism that occurred at the Olympic games. But leave it to the International Olympic Committee and its president to fail to understand that.