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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Silence is Golden/Silver/Bronze

Bonni also gets all excited about the decision of the IOC not to have a minute's silence for the victims of the 1972 Munich massacre during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. She isn't alone.

One has to wonder why there wasn't a similar controversy twenty years ago, when the twentieth anniversary of the murders was marked only by Israel's winning its first ever Olympic medal. (It's managed at least one at every games since.) One assumes that Ankie Spitzer was just as upset by her husband's murder in 1992: but I guess the Israeli government publicity machine hadn't decided to exploit her back then.

The article Bonni cites mentions that political statements have already been made in opening ceremonies, most notably at the 2002 games where a silence was held for the victims of 9/11. I would say that a silence for athletes killed at an Olympic Games is more appropriate than one for 9/11: after all, if you commemorate that in an opening ceremony where do you stop? Should we be having a silence for the victims of Utoya? Or Aurora? Perhaps the IOC feel that they've already allowed too much, but I don;t see that it would have been inappropriate this year. In any case, the IOC does commemorate the massacre in Munich every year: maybe they feel that's a better place to remember it.

Of course, the loons are all claiming that the decision was the result of pressure by Muslims (who, we must remember, have taken over Europe). The only "evidence" of this is something an IOC member is supposed to have said, according to Ankie Spitzer. Uh-huh. (You have to love this loon who hits the trifecta: believing Spitzer's assertion, reporting BBC speculation as actual BBC reporting, and propagating the old loon lie that British schools aren't allowed to teach about the Holocaust.)

Still, given Bonni's hatred of Jews and her own political sympathies, perhaps now it's been shown that a neo-Nazi was helping them it's the Black September killers that Bonni wants to commemorate with a silence.