Saturday, July 28, 2012

Munich and the Politics of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)

Ilya Somin has commentary, at Volokh (via Instapundit).

Limor Livnat

And see Benjamin Weinthal, at National Review, "Why Did the IOC Refuse to Honor the Munich Victims?"

PREVIOUSLY: At the Times of London, "No Munich tribute as Olympics open with dazzling ceremony."

EXTRA: At USA Today, "London Olympics pauses to honor dead Brits, not Israelis":
In the worst decision of the Opening Ceremony, the International Olympic Committee allowed one moment of silence to be held - just not the one that it should have permitted for the past 40 years.

After saying there would be no moment of silence to honor the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches who were killed at the 1972 Munich Olympics, the IOC permitted a video tribute to the 52 people who were killed in the suicide bombings in the London transit system the day after the city won the Games in 2005.

That was kind, and fitting, but it only served to highlight the extraordinarily bad judgment the IOC has shown in the matter of the Israelis, who were killed simply because they were Olympians living in the Olympic village...
No doubt. NBC didn't even play the terrorism tribute on U.S. television, perhaps attempting to avoid the controversy. See: "Here's the Opening Ceremony Tribute to Terrorism Victims NBC Doesn't Want You to See." (Via Memeorandum.)