Munich All Over Again
When I was en route back to L.A. from the Republican National Convention and got word of the latest terror attack in Munich, shivers went down my proverbial spine.
Munich — déjà vu all over again.
It's a while ago, 1972, that Palestinian terrorists massacred 11 Israeli athletes at the Olympics in that city, but that particular monstrosity came back into the news as recently as December 2015 with the release of a documentary far more potent than the pallid Steven Spielberg film on the subject. Apparently, the terrorists tortured the athletes before killing them, going so far as to castrate one in front of his teammates. (Spielberg and Tony Kushner, creepily, tried to make the Israeli revenge the moral equivalent of the Palestinians' atrocities. Well, ignorance is bliss, I suppose.)
These and other horrifying details had been covered up for years by the German police — an interesting fact to ponder as we watch what is transpiring now and listen to the reports. As of now we know the new Munich killer was an 18-year old German-Iranian (some reports just say Iranian) who, according to at least one witness, a Muslim woman, yelled "Allahu Akbar" as he sprayed people with bullets; many were children. Early speculation he may have been a right-wing extremist appears to have faded. A particularly scary report from the Daily Mail says police are investigating a fake ad on Facebook advertising free food at McDonald's. The killer stood in front of a McDonald's when he fired. Jihadi groups have advised killing children first because it inflicts the greatest pain on the community. Who knows where this will lead?
Our leaders, as we have been reminded in the last few days from France, tend to be tardy about informing the public on what actually is happening during terror incidents, often bowdlerizing or misdirecting the truth for dubious ends. The monster of Nice, we were told, was a loner only recently converted to radical Islam (and therefore somehow exonerated), when it turned out he and his Islamist co-conspirators had been meticulously planning their mass-murdering truck attack for months.
Oh, well. So it was in Nice and Paris and San Bernardino, so it was in Munich then and now — homicidal rage generated by sick religious ideology.
But it goes back further. Maybe it's something in the water trickling down from the Bavarian alps, but Munich was holy ground to a group that got considerable support from the Islamic world through their great ally the grand mufti of Jerusalem — the Nazi Party, of course.