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Monday, July 30, 2012

Olympics 2012: Not Doing the Right Thing


We love everyone, we hate everyone
--Munich
(2005)


The real hell of life is
everyone has his reasons
--Jean Renoir

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Forty years ago the Israeli Olympic Wrestling team was kidnapped and killed by Middle Eastern terrorists. Fast-forward 40 years to London, 2012, to a world embroiled in a War on Terror dominated by al-Qaeda and like-minded groups: Why have the Olympics not been targeted?

Since Britain has been a major ally of the United States in the Phony War on Terror (PWOT ©), would not the Olympic platform be a realistic target? It can't be that it has already been done, for they targeted the World Trade Center twice. Redundancy does not seem to bother them.

Could it be that al-Qaeda is not the hot doggers we have presumed them to be, and they lack the operational depth to exploit such a target heavy with symbolic value? Simply: If they have the assets, the Olympics will be a targeted event; if not, then it will not be.

Relevant aside: why did the International Olympic Committee decide against a moment of silence to recognize the murder of the entire team of a member nation, especially as the perpetrators of that craven crime were Middle Eastern terrorists -- the same sort against whom we say we are in an existential struggle? What sort of solidarity (not) is that message sending?

To their credit, the Italian team alone held a moment of silence. A few hundred others remembered at Trafalgar Square. It would appear that the remembrance is being rebuffed because they were Jewish and Israeli. It can hardly be imagined that if the athletes had been American, British, Russian or German, let's say, that a moment of silence would have been denied, or indeed, that the request would even had to have been made.

What moral cowardice all round.

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1 Comments:

Blogger basilbeast said...

I'd feel more kindly to such remembrances once the veterans and dead of the USS Liberty receive their due and a full accounting of the events of 45 years ago last June.

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