Munich, September 5, 1972
The story is well known, this still scabrous, often bleeding wound, signifying, more than anything, the indifference of world citizenry to Jewish suffering.
The Iconoclast reminds us that "On this date, September 5th, in 1972, "Palestinian" terrorists attacked the Israeli team at the Olympics in Munich, Germany. When it was over, 11 Israeli athletes and one policeman were dead."
We don't need to retell this account of the PLO terrorists' boundless brutality and German criminal incompetence in dealing with it. What we need to remind ourselves of is the indifference:
" The Olympic games continued for 12 hours after the first shooting occurred, and as the hostages were being held in the Olympic village. Olympic Committee president Avery Brundage said "the games must go on". After the failed rescue attempt, Dutch runner Jos Hermens was quoted, “You give a party, and someone is killed at the party, you don’t continue the party. I'm going home,” but few shared his feelings. During a West German soccer game before an adulatory home crowd, Jewish-sympathizer protesters displayed a sign saying "17 dead, already forgotten?" They were quickly led away by suddenly-vigilant police.
For fear of upsetting "other members of the Olympic community", little mention was made of the murdered Israelis at the 1972 games. Any proposal to honor the murdered Israelis at subsequent Olympics has been met by threats of boycott by Muslim-majority nations. To date, the IOC has refused any memorial to the dead Israelis."
The IOC is hardly known for its universalist credentials, or its intolerance for human rights atrocities.
But the more chilling was the record of German cynical and cold self-interest in the aftermath of the massacre, as reported in the documentary "One day in September":
On October 29, hijackers of a German Lufthansa passenger jet demanded the release of the three surviving terrorists, who had been arrested after the Fürstenfeldbruck gunfight and were being held for trial. Safady and the Al-Gasheys were immediately released by Germany, receiving a tumultuous welcome when they touched down in Libya and giving their own firsthand account of their operation at a press conference broadcast worldwide. In both ESPN/ABC's documentary The Tragedy of the Munich Games and in Kevin Macdonald's Academy Award-winning documentary One Day in September, it is claimed that the whole Lufthansa hijacking episode was a sham, concocted by the West Germans and Black September so that the Germans could be rid of the three Munich perpetrators. The view is that the Germans were fearful that their mishandling of the rescue attempt would be exposed to the world if the three Fürstenfeldbruck survivors had ever stood trial."
"Civilization is not self-supporting. It is artificial. If you are not prepared to concern yourself with the upholding of civilization -- you are done." (Ortega y Gasset)
Saturday, September 06, 2008
Munich, September 5, 1972