27 years had passed since the end of World War II, but the horror and holocaust that had been carried out by Nazi Germany were still fresh in people’s minds. Many Israelis had lost their friends and relatives in that holocaust and the Munich Olympics was a way of making a statement by showing their resilience.
The year was 1972. The date was September 4th. None of the 11 Israeli athletes and their coaches was aware of his fate. When they were enjoying their time in the Olympic Village, 8 terrorists belonging to Black September sneaked into the village in order to take them hostage. 2 of the 11 athletes were killed instantly when they tried to fight them. The remaining 9 athletes were taken hostage. Though 5 of the terrorists were killed in the action by the guards, the remaining 3 succeeded in stating their demands to the Israeli Government. The attackers demanded the release and safe passage to Egypt of 234 Palestinians and non-Arabs jailed in
None of their demands were met and the remaining 3 terrorists were captured, but only after they had killed all the remaining 9 athletes. The entire Olympic team of
The entire nation was distressed and demanded justice. When
The committee drew up a list of names that were directly or indirectly responsible for Munich Massacre. The list included 20-35 names including Black September and PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) members. Mission was simple: find them and KILL THEM.
The director of MOSSAD, Zvi Zamir, formed several groups for the operation. Each group for a different purpose and each group was oblivious of the other groups. Among these, a group of 4 headed by Yural Aviv played an important role in the operation. They were given a list of 11 names including Ali Hassan Salameh, the master mind behind the Munich Massacre. It was an ‘eye for an eye.’ 11 assassinations for 11 murdered athletes.
The first kill occurred on October 16, 1972, when Palestinian Abdel Waer Zwaiter was shot 11 times in his apartment. Over the next few years MOSSAD hunted and killed the people responsible for the gruesome act. The group led by Yural Aviv killed 9 out of 11 people (excluding Ali Hassan Salameh, but he was later killed in 1979) in the list. The group operated outside of direct government control, and that its only communication was with Michael Harari, MOSSAD agent who led the creation and direction of the groups. Had they been caught during the operation, they would’ve been on their own (some of the members belonging to other groups were caught by the local police and later released).
Now can you imagine the sheer grit and boldness of such a decision taken by an almost eighty year old Golda Meir? ‘Should anyone attack my people, he won’t be spared,’ was the statement made, not through words, but through actions. Every one of the culprits was hunted like a stray dog and killed. No wonder she is called ‘The Iron Lady.’ It was not long before the rest of the world, especially
In a recent interview, former MOSSAD chief Zvi Zamir said that it was not about revenge, but only to prevent the attacks in the future. Whatever it is, the thing to be noticed is to what extent
Now, the following is a list of major terrorist attacks in
- August 25, 2003 (Mumbai): 46 people killed in two blasts including one near the Gateway of India.
- October 29, 2005 (
): 62 people killed in three serial blasts at Sarojini Nagar on the eve of Diwali. New Delhi
- March 7, 2006 (
): 21 people killed in three blasts at Sankat Mochan temple and Railway Station. Varanasi
- July 11, 2006 (Mumbai): 209 people killed in seven blasts on Suburban trains and stations in Mumbai.
- September 8, 2006 (
Malegaon, Maharashtra): 40 people killed in two blasts in . Malegaon
- February 19, 2007 (Diwana, Panipat): 68 people killed after two bombs went off on the Samjhauta Express at Diwana near Panipat (Haryana).
- May 18, 2007 (
): 12 people killed in historic Mecca Mosque in the Charminar area. Hyderabad
- Aug 25, 2007 (
Hyderabad): 42 people killed in two blasts at Gokul Chat and . Lumbini Park
- May 13, 2008 (Jaipur): 80 people killed in serial bomb blasts in Jaipur.
- July 25, 2008 (
): One person killed in a low-intensity bomb explosion. Bangalore
- July 26, 2008 (Ahmedabad): 57 people killed after 18-odd synchronised bombs went off within less than two hours.
- September 13, 2008 (
): 26 people killed in six serial bomb blasts at Karol Bagh, GK-II and New Delhi Connaught Place.
- September 27, 2008 (
): Three people killed after a crude bomb exploded in Mehrauli. New Delhi
- September 29 2008 (Modasa,
Gujarat): One killed and several injured after a low-intensity bomb went off near a mosque.
- September 29, 2008 (
Malegaon, Maharashtra): Five people died after a bomb went off in a crowded market.
- October 01, 2008 (Agartala, Tripura): Two people killed and 100 injured in serial bomb blasts in crowded market places in Agartala.
- Oct 14, 2008 (
): Eight people injured after bomb planted on a rented bicycle went off in the Colonelganj market. Kanpur
- Oct 21, 2008 (Imphal, Manipur): 17 killed in a powerful blast near Manipur Police Commando complex.
- Oct 30, 2008 (
Assam): At least 50 killed in serial bomb blasts across . Assam
- Nov 26, 2008 (Mumbai): 183 killed and over 300 injured in a daring terror attack at Hotel Taj, Nariman House, Hotel Trident Oberoi and other places in the city. It was the worst-ever terror attack in
, which lasted for 59 hours. Nine terrorists were gunned down, while one was caught alive. 20 policemen and 2 NSG Commandos were killed, while 23 foreign nationals were among the dead. India
You know what I am trying to say, don’t you? (Mind you; this is just a list of attacks perpetrated by the terrorists in the last FIVE years and I haven’t mentioned ’93 bomb blasts in Mumbai)
Has justice been brought upon the people who were responsible for these macabre crimes? Can anyone tell me how many terrorists and people related to these ghastly crimes have been caught till now? Well, I don’t expect anyone to answer these questions; for they are rhetorical. Ajmal Kasab’s trial is still going on when the holocaust happened almost 9 months ago. The only news we hear about him or the trial is that he is demanding books and toothpaste and what not.
And another Pakistani terrorist Afzal Guru, who has been sentenced to death by the court of law is still enjoying Indian hospitality. They say that he will be executed only after all the other clemency petitions filed before him are decided. How stupid is that? Do they need that much of time to take action against a TERRORIST? Is it so difficult to kill a filthy rat that sneaks into our house and eats away all our groceries?
Every time there is an attack, the politicians yelp and whine on TVs. Forget about the necessary measures to be taken, they even stop whining about it very soon. 26/11 is not an exception either. So many awkward statements were made for the next one month, but no actions were taken. Everything stopped suddenly; the news about the attacks, the statements by the politicians. Why? Because of the elections that was on its way. And so far nothing!
Dr. Manmohan Singh refused to take part in a live public debate and he almost took two weeks to say ‘No.’ Upon asking why, he said that he didn’t want to grant ‘alternate’ PM’s stature to L. K. Advani. This is one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard a reputable politician say. Who is he to ‘grant’ anything? Isn’t this a democratic country? If he can’t even take part in a simple debate in front of Indian public, how can we even expect him to lead the country?
Another nonsensical thing was that when he called
These are just a few examples.
Can our Prime Minister take such a bold step similar to the one taken by ‘The Iron Lady’? If not, then what should we call him? ‘The Plastic Man’?
P.S. I am not inclined to any political party. Whatever I have said is nothing but reality.
Copyright © Karthik 2009