No Class

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on July 22, 2012

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.

No dice:

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.

  • Royq

    Come one, Pejman; you know better.  The members of the IOC are a notorious band of boodling kleptocrats.  There is money.  There is a table.  The money is transferred under said table.  Likely on behalf of oil states who find the stirring of memories about sociopathic Palestinian mass murderers inimical to their political and economic interests.  The only question is, how much does it cost to continue to pervert the accurate memorialization of history?  Probably not that much, provided some sex workers are thrown in in the bargain.  That is how you use  positive reinforcement to condition the class of international bureaucrats to behave in a manner conducive to your objectives.

  • Scott Marquardt

    The IOC is deluded, imagining themselves the True Utopians whose periodic celebration of rutting youth constitutes the salvation of the world. Commemorating a salient repudiation of this delusion doesn’t compute for them.

    • Praelium

      Bravo. The “Utopian” live in a cave of ignorance and cannot understand the need to acknowledge anything real outside the cave. I gain a new appreciation for Plato regularly.

  • John Scotus

    Could it be that a remembrance would be a reminder of their own guilt in this matter?  They knew of the possibility of a terrorist act, yet they did not provide security. Or, is it just because they are trying to curry favor with Arab dictators? 

    • Rabidfox1


  • Nan231

    Silly Pejman, it might offend someone!

  • glenn

    For what it’s worth, I recall that the IOC gave Bush a hard time about memorializing 9/11 at the Salt Lake games; it’s hardly like they agreed willingly.  Bush insisted on it, and good for him.  Then the IOC and other countries complained throughout about the “jingoistic” nature of the games, from the opening games onward.

    Absent that kind of resistance, the IOC certainly is not going to do anything on its own.  And evidently no leadership in Britain is about to make a fuss on behalf of the Israelis….

  • Rollory

    Who freaking cares?  If we stop to remember every single time someone was killed we’d never do anything else!

  • Seabisquit

    It was only because it was in the US, the winter olympics in Salt Lake and you had a leader there who knew how to get his way. It would have taken both Bush and Romney to get it done. If either the president or the organizer had been soft it would not have happened.
    I never saw it as I do not watch that much Olympics. That was absolutely beautifully done.

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    craven cowards.  I am not surprised.  The IOC is corrupt and without honor.  

  • Tex Taylor

    The IOC is basically the U.N. with a flag parade around the track and some nice fireworks, under the guise of “brotherhood”.  Blood money is still the front door.

    There’s a whole body of anti-Semitic blood running through the IOC veins.

    If I understood properly, there has been only one summer Olympics where there was not a remembrance of the ’72 massacre – Moscow 1980.

    And everyone will remember, the U.S. and its allies were not in attendance in the 1980 games.  Shame on Britain for not recognizing the event this time.  Anybody older like I am that listened to Jim McKay that day knows the depth of that tragedy – Israeli and German both.

    It left you with the same empty feeling of 9/11.

  • Peter Ingemi

    You have to remember to the folks with authority in the  international community these days dead Jews, particularly Israeli’s are not a bug, they’re a feature.

  • rbeccah

    The OIC and its president understand very well.  But the victims in 1972 were Israelis.  Jews.  And well, one just doesn’t honor Jews, n’es pas?

  • Sean

    I seem to recall reading that there will be a memorial ceremony for the murdered Israeli athletes at the games, just not in the opening ceremony.   That seems reasonable.

  • teapartydoc

    Next time they’ll find an excuse to have a moment of silence to honor some UN diplomat who got a hangnail.

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