Three cheers for Bob Costas’ minute of silence. The NBC Olympics anchor is stepping up tonight to honor the memory of the 11 Olympic athletes slaughtered by Palestinian terrorists 40 years ago this summer.
More than 110,000 of us have now signed the petition to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for a minute of silence. (If you haven’t, here’s the link.)
President Obama supports the minute of silence. Do does the U.S. Senate. And Australia’s prime minister and parliament. And Canada’s parliament, and the German Bundestag, and hundreds of other world leaders.
But IOC chairman Jacques Rogge is afraid of offending the Muslim world. Ankie Spitzer, widow of murdered fencing coach Andre Spitzer, says Rogge told her that his “hands were tied” by the 46 Arab and Muslim members on the IOC. (Spitzer says she told Rogge, “My husband’s hands were tied, not yours.”)