Media Musing #3

Another page, another international debate, this one thanks to Peter Bradshaw’s review of the new Steven Spielberg move Munich. In his second paragraph, Bradshaw writes the following:

Seven years ago, British documentary maker Kevin Macdonald made his film, One Day In September, about the Palestinian terrorists killing Israeli Olympic athletes, showing how by sensationally allowing the games to continue while the drama unfolded – both on live TV – the IOC laid down a template for Europe’s postwar ability to tolerate the co-existence of terrorist danger and normal life.

Reading the above, my initial reaction was, Thank you Peter for reminding us of the absurdity of how the Olympics thought it more important to keep the TV coverage going and the coins coming in than to make a stand against anti-Semitic terrorism in the home of Nazi Germany. It’s only when I read the closing paragraph that I realized I had actually misunderstood Bradshaw and that he thinks his above statement to have been a positive thing:

“The lesson we should have learned after 1972, Spielberg appears to be saying, (is that): hacking off the snake’s head is strategically absurd, politically counter-productive, ethically illiterate. It is a decent lesson and one worth trying to teach.”

Is it? I asked around. Apparently if you hack off a snake’s head, it will wriggle around for a few minutes at most and then die. That is a decent lesson and one worth trying to teach – especially at a time when terrorism appears to gain ever more traction as a political tool.

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