Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Douchebag of the Month
It's now been two days since the closing ceremonies and if you're like me you're suffering from PODD, Post-Olympic Depression Disorder.
Now we have to wait two more years before the world breaks out the long underwear and heads to the glamorous city of Sochi in Russia, just across the border from Abkhazia.
Wikipedia calls Sochi, Russia's largest resort city, an oxymoron if there ever was one.
But as much as I enjoyed these summer games, and there was a lot to enjoy, the sprints, the women's gymnastics, the volleyball, and the ham-fisted opening ceremonies, what I'll remember most is what these games did NOT include: a moment of silence to commemorate the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the '72 Olympic Games.
Prior to the games, Guri Weinberg, son of the Israeli wrestling coach Moshe Weinberg one of the 11 killed, petitioned Jacques Rogge, Head of the IOC (pictured above), to halt the games for a one minute tribute. Jock refused, saying the venue was not appropriate for politicizing.
Yet years ago the IOC had no problem commemorating the victims of 9/11. And because this year the games were held in London, 6 minutes of the opening ceremony were devoted to the victims of the London bombing on 7/7/05.
I have no problems with those gestures, but the 11 innocent victims who were murdered in 1972 were athletes. And they were butchered at the Olympics!
The cowards of Black September chose the Munich Games because it was a world stage. If the Olympic Committee wanted to make a statement about terrorism and the violation of the Olympic spirit, they would have used the same world stage as a venue for a proper rebuttal.
Let's wind the clock back forty years and assume it wasn't 11 Israelis that were attacked.
Let's say a group of Pakistani terrorists broke into the Olympic Village and killed 11 athletes from India. Or that a group of Tibetan extremists murdered 11 athletes from China. Is there any doubt Cocque would have accommodated the grieving families of those athletes?
Am I being overly sensitive and seeing anti-Semitism where there is none?
When asked about the commemoration another member of the prestigious IOC, Alex Gilady set a new world record in the Leap of Equivocation and responded, "What about the Palestinians who also died at the Munich Olympic Games?"
That's very thoughtful of you, Douchebag #2 of the Month.
Congratulations, would you care for the Cabernet or the Pinot?