July 27, 2012
Mr. Jacques Rogge
International Olympic Committee
Dear Mr. Rogge:
I was happy to read that, as a young man, you were able to compete in the 1968, 1972 and 1976 Summer Olympics representing your country, Belgium. That luxury, unfortunately, was not afforded to the five Israeli athletes, four coaches, and two referees who were murdered in cold blood by a terrorist Palestinian cell between 5 and 6 September, 1972, at the Olympic Village in Munich. That is, during the second week of your second Olympic Games as a yachtsman. While you had the option to enjoy the remainder of the 1972 games –I have a feeling you did –, and had another shot at Olympic glory in Montreal ’76, the only option these eleven Israeli men had was to return home in wooden coffins wrapped in the glorious flag of their country.
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