"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse." --John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)

Saturday, November 13, 2004

Let's Take A Moment...

...now that the press's orgy of grief over the demise of the great statesman Yasser Arafat has died down, to remember just a few of his victims. These are the eleven Israelis who were slaughtered by the PLO at the 1972 Munich Olympics:
  • David Berger (28), Weightlifter
  • Ze'ev Friedman (28), Weightlifter
  • Joseph Gottfreund (40), Wrestling Referee
  • Eliezer Halfin (24), Wrestler
  • Joseph Romano (32), Weightlifter
  • Andrei Schpitzer (27), Fencing Referee
  • Amitsur Shapira (40), Athletics Coach
  • Kahat Shor (53), Shooting Coach
  • Mark Slavin (18), Wrestler
  • Yaakov Springer (50), Weightlifting Coach
  • Moshe Weinberg (33), Wrestling Referee
In June of this year, Arafat offered to temporarily cease murdering civilians in Israel during the Athens games, saying, "I announce our commitment to a truce during the Olympic game period." It is unclear whether this commitment extended to those Israeli citizens competing in the games, however, in any event, none were killed during this Olympiad.