In my last post, http://www.edelsteinrandomthoughts.com/2012/05/boycott-british-bangers.html , I joined a large chorus criticizing the International Olympic Committee for rejecting the call for a one-minute moment of silence at this year's London games to mark the 40th anniversary of the Munich massacre. I commenced my boycott of all useful British things, which I recognized was a difficult task due to the lack of valuable British things, because of the hosts apparent agreement with the IOC's position.
The London Assembly has responded to the world outcry and unanimously adopted a motion supporting the minute of silence. http://www.mayorwatch.co.uk/london-assembly-calls-for-munich-games-victims-to-be-remembered/201221654
That's the positive news. The despicable news: The IOC apparently feels that commemorating Israeli athletes who were murdered by terrorists is a "political gesture." Its position caused Andrew Dismore, the London Assembly member who made the motion, to say:
“The IOC say (sic) to have a minutes silence to commemorate these victims of terrorism would be a political gesture but surely not having a minutes silence is, in itself, the political gesture. This is not about the nationality of the victims; they were Olympians.”
And Roger Evans, the London Assembly member who seconded the motion, said:
“The IOC needs to show some political courage and allow the commemoration of a tragedy that affected their guests during their event in their venue forty years ago. This important decision should not be dictated by a small number of their members.”
It takes courage to commemorate innocent Olympic athletes who were kidnapped and murdered at the Olympics? Sad. Apparently, some individuals or countries in the Olympic community oppose commemorating the murder of Israelis, and the IOC cannot summon the "courage" to do what is right. Calling the situation pathetic and base does not adequately describe the circumstances.
As head of the American Olympic Committee prior to the 1936 Berlin games, Avery Brundage responded to calls for a boycott of the Nazi's Olympic games by declaring that German Jewish athletes were being treated just fine. He wrote in the AOC's pamphlet "Fair Play for American Athletes" that American athletes should not become involved in the "Jew-Nazi altercation." Faced with continued pressure, Brundage alleged the existence of a "Jewish-Communist conspiracy" to keep the United States out of the Games.
As head of the IOC in 1972, Brundage refused to halt or suspend the games after the Munich massacre.
Mr. Brundage would surely be proud of the position of the current members of the IOC.