"Our greatest hopes and our worst fears are seldom realized. Our worst fears have been realized tonight. They've now said that there were eleven hostages; two were killed in their rooms yesterday morning, nine were killed at the airport tonight. They're all gone."
- Jim McKay, ABC sports; September 6, 1972
With the Winter Olympic games soon to start in Turin, Italy; riots in the Muslim world about non-Muslim perceptions of Muslims as terrorists thanks to insults to Islam in the form of cartoon renditions of the prophet Muhammad; the Iranian president’s repeated calls for Israel’s destruction; the election of an Arab terrorist group opposed to Israel’s existence to the Palestinian parliament as well as ongoing Israeli operations against terrorists, could there be a timelier movie than Munich?
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Munich’s dramatizing the horror of the brutal terrorism that did not derail the Olympic Games in West Germany over 33 years ago, as well as the swift response of Israel to that heinous attack – and a not-so-surprising cameo of the Twin Towers in New York, 1973 - makes it a movie that not only calls out for an understanding from all people of the threat of terrorism, but also one that issues a call for our acknowledgement of the necessary limits that we as humans of any religion or nationality must place on ourselves when we accept that human life has an intrinsic value.
Munich shows that we can sometimes out of necessity overstep those limits to defend ourselves or defend our country and people, but in the end we often risk paying a heavy price for doing so.
Terrorism is a human problem, after all.
And while I support the methods used to fight Islamic terrorism, it is fair to ask sometimes, is there peace at the end of this? Sadly, we aren't the ones with the answers right now.
"Sports lost its innocence that day in Munich." - Jim McKay to the Associated Press in 2002