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A Moment of Silence

Remembering murdered Olympians.

The summer Olympic games officially open up tomorrow night in London. The Olympic games are a very special time when we  concentrate and enjoy witnessing true athletic competition for the sake of competition, among the best athletes in the world. We experience the joys of athletic success, and feel the disappointment of athletic loss as well. Every country that participates takes great pride in their athletes as it should be.

We should never lose sight of the fact that the Olympic games are about the athletes, and global politics should take a backseat for the next two weeks. In this spirit, it is incumbent on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to reverently remember 11 Israeli athletes and coaches who were murdered during the 1972 Olympic games in Munich. Many are urging the IOC to remember these athletes with a moment of silence during the opening ceremony; not because they were Israeli, but because they were athletes.

So far, this request has been rejected. In keeping with the spirit of the Olympics, these athletes should be remembered because they did not get the opportunity to compete as athletes.

I commend Bob Costas of NBC who gets it. He has asked the IOC the questions it can't answer regarding its refusal to take this step. He vows to remember these athletes with his own moment of silence as he covers the opening ceremony. It is the right thing to do. Thank you.

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hank ratner July 26, 2012 at 01:30 PM
well said Robert!
Lee Kalinsky July 26, 2012 at 01:32 PM
My hats off to Bob Costas as well for taking a stand.
Leonard Bauman July 27, 2012 at 02:00 AM
We remember the 1972 Olympics in Munich like yesterday and must not forget those athletes and other innocent people that perished that day due to extremists. 40 years passed by very quickly.
Julius Picardi July 27, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Mr. Pape - eloquently put!
Paul July 27, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Julius..............any relation to Orange Julius?
Lee Kalinsky July 28, 2012 at 05:23 AM
NBC didn't air a tribute to people who died from terrorism. Here is a link to the video from today's Opening Ceremony that did not air in the United States http://deadspin.com/5929778/heres-the-opening-ceremony-tribute-to-terrorism-victims-nbc-doesnt-want-you-to-see
Dr. Murray Vindaloo July 29, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Bobby Pape Jr. is a GREAT AMERICAN who undestands that the "Olympic Interational Committee are nothing more than a bunch of lousy, rotten and depraved Euro-Scum who hate Israel and Jews, alike. I think Mr. Pape also understands that, my extension, they hate Americans, as well. Mr. Pape (and Mr. Costas) I salute you both. You are truly patriots! Cordially, Dr. Murray Vindaloo

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