Some 40 years ago, at the 20th Olympiad in Munich, West Germany, the world was shocked when 11 Israelis -- six coaches and five athletes -- were murdered by the Palestinian terrorist group Black September. But since that time the international Olympic Movement has refused calls to devote one minute of silence before the start of every Olympics to remember the tragic events of 1972. This Olympics in London is the perfect opportunity to right the wrongs of the past. Indeed, the slogan for the 2012 Olympics is ‘Inspire a Generation’. Now it is time to live up to these words. Plaques and memorials only go so far. What is now needed is a minute of silence.Just one minute. The Australian Parliament clearly doesn't feel this is too much to ask for. The motion was passed unanimously last night, and members stood in silence. Thank you, Australia. And come on now, London. And the IOC. There are 24,480 minutes in this olympiad. Just one minute for the 11 murdered Israeli athletes, unprecedentedly slaughtered by terrorists in cold blood, simply for who they were, is one too many? Seriously?
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
One Minute of Silence