The point of the Olympics is to celebrate nations coming together for peaceful competition. So the focus of an opening ceremony should be on celebrating the present athletes and recognizing contemporary events. Memorials serve a wholly different function and definitely have their place. But not at the opening ceremonies.
I guess what I'm saying is, an acknowledgment like this wouldn't seem out of place to me. Life is made up of celebration and tragedy all mixed together, so I don't quite see why ceremonies can't be. But that's just my $.02.
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Except if a slam poet shows up.
To think that fun is simple fun, while earnest things are earnest, proves all too plain that neither one thou truthfully discernest.
I am quietly glad there will not be a memorial minute during the opening ceremonies. There have been other tragedies at the Olympics, as noted. And I truly believe this particular Israeli government wanted it for propaganda reasons, still working away at the victim trope for the coming war with Iran.
And as everyone knows, I work in and for Israel, so it's certainly not lack of respect for the victims that propels my opinion.
"Youth and vigor is no match for age and deceit." -- Prancer
OK, let me get this straight. Someone posts the info that German neo-nazis, citizens of the host country, were in on the murders and it was then covered up for 40 years, yet all you people can talk about for two pages is the same stupid 'minute of silence' argument you're already hashing over and over and over again in other threads?????? Stop the insanity!
The cooperation between the Palestinian terrorists and the neo Nazi group in Germany was a common secret knowledge.
The only difference now, is that the German government openly admitted that there was a cooperation between those two (the Palestinian terrorists got this way the fake IDs, weapons and access to the Olympic Village).
The other thing is the fact that the head of the IOC in 1972 Avery Brundage, was a Nazi sympathizer and anti-Semite. The IOC during his time and before the Munich games began denied the Israeli government's request for security for its athletes.
His protege's Juan Samaranch's Francoist past was no secret either.
Guri Weinberg, the son of Moshe Weinberg, the wrestling coach murdered at the 1972 Olympics talked to the FOX news "Why the IOC will never memorialize the '72 Munich massacre".
Yes, it is more important to remember the terrorists rathen than to honor the Israeli athlets who were murdered by them.
Shame on IOC, and shame on you Alex Gilady.
As far as I understood from your posting record:
You work for an Israeli organization with a political agenda that IMO is not exactly supported by majority of Israelis, but rather by minority of them.
Therefore - no matter how important your job is - that doesn't exactly make you as the official voice of Israel.
rumor or "open secret" is one thing. Publicly published proof is another. At this point, a moment of silence is a bandaide on a hemorrhage IMO and I can't believe that's all most people want.Now, I have a message to all the members of the IOC. The torture inflicted by “Black September” on the 11 Israeli athletes and their families took 48 hours. Your torture of the families and the memories of those esteemed athletes has lasted 40 years. I am not satisfied with a moment of silence in every Opening Ceremony of the Summer Games. Now I want all of you to lose your jobs and be replaced by real Olympians who care about the athletes and believe in the Olympic
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Alex Gilady is a pathetic excuse for a human being -- the article, especially the part with his exchange with Ilana Romano, is beyond reprehensible:
One of my FB friends who works for a major sports news conglomerate posted it on his page, and so far the reaction has been one of outrage that this news is being "conveniently" buried.Gilady informed us that a moment of silence was not possible because if the IOC had a moment of silence for the Israeli athletes, they would also have to do the same for the Palestinians who died at the Olympics in 1972.
My mother said, "But no Palestinian athletes died."
Gilady responded, "Well, there were Palestinians who died at the 1972 Olympics."
I heard one of the widows say to Gilady, "Are you equating the murder of my husband to the terrorists that killed him?"
Then Ilana Romano burst out with a cry that has haunted me to this day. She screamed at Gilady, "How DARE you! You KNOW what they did to my husband! They let him lay there for hours, dying slowly, and then finished him off by castrating him and shoving it in his mouth, ALEX!"
I looked at Gilady's face as he sat there, stone cold with no emotion. This man knew these athletes personally. This man led the Israeli media delegation at the 1972 Olympics and saw this atrocity first hand. This man saw my father's dead, naked body thrown out front of the Olympic Village for all the world to see.
Without a hint of empathy, Gilady excused himself from our meeting.
I'll never forget back in the 90s when Atlanta got the games, my mother was bitching about how Juan Antonio Samaranch was an bigot and an Anti-Semite. At the time, I didn't know much about the dude, but the more I read about him and about his "mentor," Avery Brundage, it makes my blood run cold that either of these two could have ever risen the highest position in the IOC.
Last edited by Cyn; 07-30-2012 at 04:42 PM.