Which means Rogge should be ousted today. He has no idea what he is doing.

Sports can establish common ground, where even athletes from countries that have feuded with Israel can reflect upon the tragedy of lost lives.

Besides, the revelry of the ceremony — sure to be over the top — only has meaning because of the world harmony it aspires to. There is no better time to recall the troubles we have known.

ckorman@tribune.com

Recognition long overdue

Philip Hersh

Chicago Tribune

The International Olympic Committee's ceremony the day after the Munich massacre barely recognized the Israeli dead.

Even worse, the IOC president at the time, Avery Brundage, equated the loss of life with the loss of Rhodesia's presence at the Games because of pressure from African nations.

Forty years later, the time is long overdue for a proper public recognition of the murdered Israeli athletes and coaches in the opening ceremony.

If this offends some countries who may side more with the murderers than the victims, too bad. Let them walk out.

They won't be missed.

phersh@tribue.com