Confronted with one of the largest television audiences in history, Olympic organizers could’ve made a statement for peace.

They chose politics instead.

We appreciate NBC Olympics host Bob Costas’ indignation at the Olympics’ bizarre decision to ignore the 40th anniversary of the 1972 terrorist attack at the Munich Olympics, which killed 11 Israeli athletes and coaches.

The conscious, unrelenting decision to dishonor the dead by refusing to acknowledge them on a milestone anniversary speaks volumes.

The Olympics should not just be about athletics; they should be about world peace as well.

This year’s Olympics opening ceremony could have used the anniversary to make a historic, healing statement about hatred and racism and peace.


Instead, we got a peculiar bit of propaganda about the British National Health Service — socialized medicine.

— The Augusta Chronicle,

Georgia, July 30

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