Saturday, January 28, 2006

A dance at Dachau

In "Munich", Spielberg's recent and controversial film, we learn that Israel spent a decade ruthlessly hunting down Palestinians who may or may not have had a hand in the event, with a footnote about the 11 athletes murdered in 1972. So will his "prayer for peace" do anything to see that these innocent people, whose crime was representing their country, finally get a fitting memorial?

London is beginning the serious prep work for the 2012 Games. There are no plans to commemorate 40 years since the atrocity at the London Games.

The football World Cup will be held in Germany, the first major international tournament since the Munich Olympics. There is no intention to do anything at the World Cup to honour their memories.

The massacre of 11 Israeli athletes was not considered sufficiently serious to merit cancelling or postponing the 1972 Olympics. “Incredibly, they're going on with it,” Jim Murray of the Los Angeles Times wrote at the time. “It's almost like having a dance at Dachau.”

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