In the Arena

I Love Aly Raisman

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Not just because she’s a brilliant, beautiful gymnast. But because she announced that she observed a personal moment of silence in memory of the Israeli athletes slain by Palestinian terrorists in 1972. The olympic committee had shamefully refused to make such a gesture. And we should all remember that the 1972 siege/murder in the Jewish olympic dorms–which received constant global television coverage, including memorable work by ABC’s Jim McKay–ushered in the current era of spectacular terrorist events. It demonstrated just how easy it was for sociopaths with a cause to get their message across on television. So thanks for reminding us, Aly, and congratulations on your performance.