I stumbled across the Documentary “One Day in September” a few months ago and was quickly drawn into it. It won an academy award in 1999 for best documentary and for good reason. It does an exceptional job of retelling and exploring the 1972 Black September attack on the Israeli Olympic team in Munich. The terrorist attack ended in aching tragedy with all eleven of the Israeli hostages dying in the rescue attempt by German police. Impressively, the documentary also digs into the aftermath of the event and how the family members of the victims fought the German government for years to gain access to the investigation of the event and unearth the true story of how the tragedy unfolded (Not much of a spoiler alert – but German incompetence was a key factor throughout the event). I was a young boy when the terrorist attack occurred and distinctly remember how it saddened and shocked the world. The documentary brought back many memories of the event but also helped...
Very good coverage of the massacre of the Israeli athletes as well as events prior to the act and post the massacre.....some good history of the reasons for the growth of Palestinian frustration leading to the pursuit of international terrorism to resolve injustices being perpetrated on them ...the incompetence of the German and Bavarian response is well visited and borders on the criminally incompetent ,and makes a strong case for charges to have made against the German police and security services...sadly this was never going to happen as the politics were to convoluted .....Brundage as head of the IOC showed huge insensitivity and arrogance and it was appropriate that his farewell message on the Stadium score board spelt his name wrong ...the courage of the athletes and their families and friends is amply canvassed and the dedication they showed in preventing a German Government led cover-up is truly heroic ..it was the Germans shame at their incompetent response and weak-kneed...
This book, and the documentary film, made me relive the day that I learned, in my then 12-year-old innocence, that nothing is sacred to terrorists, not even the Olympics. To hear the words (and, in the movie, see the face) of the unrepentant, smug, self-righteous Jamal Al-Gashey sears me to my soul. It also strengthens my prayers that some Mossad agent will be fortunate enough to find him and send him to the same level of Hell occupied by his 7 compatriots in the massacre. To find out that the German authorities squandered numerous opportunities to rescue the hostages and, worse, inexplicably failed to provide enough troops and snipers to pick off the terrorists at the airport, twists my guts. To discover the depths to which the German government covered up their ineptitude borders on the criminal. Why weren't any of the members of the strike team which abandoned the airplane prosecuted for a clear dereliction of duty? Why weren't the Israeli authorities allowed to be more...
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