Sometimes bureaucrats get so comfortable and politicized as to have lost all sense of human decency. Enter, as example, Jacques Rogge of the International Olympic Committee and his refusal to authorize a moment of silence to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the murder of eleven Israeli Olympians during the 1972 games in Munich. Allowing such a thing, Rogge had claimed, would “politicize” the Games.
On the other hand, the “apolitical” IOC did buckle, swiftly and completely, to the complaints of the Lebanese judo team that they did not want to practice alongside the Israeli team. To appease the Lebanese, a curtain was erected between the Lebanese “zone” and the Jewish one. That, I presume, is what Palestinian Authority spokesman Al-Hayat Al-Jadida referred to on July 25 when he said that “Sports are a bridge to love, interconnection, and spreading of peace among nations; it must not be a cause of division and spreading of racism between them [nations].”
At such times, ordinary people have to take matters into their own hands. This time, it was the Italians . Arutz Sheva reported on July 29 that the Italian Olympic team held its own moment of silence in front of the Israeli team’s quarters in London. (h/t Gateway Pundit)
Given the decadent and amoral state of the world’s entrenched bureaucracies, such random acts of human decency go a long way toward restoring one’s faith in the species.
All I can do is to repeat VIVA ITALIA! and wait until tears clear from my eyes so I can finish this entry.