Iron Lady vs. Plastic Man

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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 Israel, along with two German radicals who were founders of the German Red Army Faction. When they didn’t get the expected reaction from the Israeli Government, they threw the body of Moshe Weinberg (wrestling coach) out the front door of the apartment to prove how serious they were.

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 Israel was wiped out. (The captured terrorists were later released by the West Germany when Black September hijacked one of their airliners, Lufthansa. That release later led to the speculation that West Germany helped Black September stage the hijacking)

The entire nation was distressed and demanded justice. When Israel didn’t get much help from its friendly nations, Golda Meir, the then Prime Minister of Israel took the matter into her own hands and formed a committee X along with the Defense Minister Moshe Dayan. The operation was called, “Operation Wrath of God.”

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).

Israel didn’t rest until it had its vengeance. Though ‘Operation Wrath of God’ was suspended by Golda Meir due to the international outrage over the mistaken murder of an innocent waiter in Morocco, the operation still continued under cover well into the 1980s. Israel continued taking revenge on the PLO and Black September. None of them were spared. It was a retaliation that brought tremendous fear in Palestinians, especially Black September.

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 Palestine, realized that Israel could strike anyone anywhere anytime if it is disturbed in anyway.

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 Israel can go to bring justice upon the people who try to destroy the peace of Israelis. ‘An Eye for an Eye.’

Israel continues to prove its power of resilience. It has always taken care of itself, and has never depended on any other nation. Its recent attack on Gaza is one such example. It has always retaliated in an apt way whenever it has been attacked.


Now, the following is a list of major terrorist attacks in India that took place in the past 5 years (2003 – 2008):

  • August 25, 2003 (Mumbai): 46 people killed in two blasts including one near the Gateway of India.
  • October 29, 2005 (New Delhi): 62 people killed in three serial blasts at Sarojini Nagar on the eve of Diwali.
  • March 7, 2006 (Varanasi): 21 people killed in three blasts at Sankat Mochan temple and Railway Station.
  • 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 (Hyderabad): 12 people killed in historic Mecca Mosque in the Charminar area.
  • 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 (Bangalore): One person killed in a low-intensity bomb explosion.
  • July 26, 2008 (Ahmedabad): 57 people killed after 18-odd synchronised bombs went off within less than two hours.
  • September 13, 2008 (New Delhi): 26 people killed in six serial bomb blasts at Karol Bagh, GK-II and Connaught Place.
  • September 27, 2008 (New Delhi): Three people killed after a crude bomb exploded in Mehrauli.
  • 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 (Kanpur): Eight people injured after bomb planted on a rented bicycle went off in the Colonelganj market.
  • 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 India, 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.

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 Gujarat an undeveloped state. Height of ignorance!

These are just a few examples.

I was reading an old article on Golda Meir the other day and I couldn’t just stop thinking about the above said things.

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

Comments (15)


superb ....
the style of narration is too good
just loved the entire article
if only our politicians would read it then they would get some sensed knocked into their heads...
but its our fault too.. we are the ones who elect the wrong ppl...

Very interesting and touching dude ..

Truly if there is one nation with real balls of steel it is Israel .. and it's not very much about guts either .. it's how much you value the lives of your fellow citizens :)

We lose 1000's to terrorists and we don't care .. they lost 11 and they were hell bent on vengeance .. that's how it must be!!

Cold blooded or not .. revenge must be taken ..

and of course Manmohan is really made of plastic :P

what all u are writing is absolutely true .in the present political scenario only MODI has guts to do what IRON LADY did,all i m not that fond of BJP leaders BUT still i think they are BETTER THAN THE WORSE

My Dear friend....wat to do..Even educated are not interested to vote...during elections...Just i can say it(fate) will remain our same..same bombings...same killings..same use less debates on biased channels...We cant change our nation unless and until we put nation beyond everything...

hmmmm...m still absorbing the article, letting da agitated cells be stable....
now, let be tell u ....dat da background music was amazing...u know it created dis ambiance ,,,,as though i was standing ...in a middle of every catastrophe u mentioned......
and now for my opinion...
i do not think India deserves to be a republic...yes, India just cannot handle democracy. we are a whole race...who evolved from people ...who always were subjects...never citizens.
plus...da diversity in region, religion and beliefs creates tremors in the constitution.
....creates loop holes and too many xeption....which are not good for a democratic state.
congress didnot hand Afsal 'cause elections were coming.......and dat proves dat our government belives dat da indian muslim favours pakistanis.....it's come to a big hotchpotch all this....a dictator is da only rescue.....great post....great analogies....great example....thank u.

and plz do chk out my latest post

i wrote "let be let u".....well i have caught cold...lol.......just dropped into say....thanks for every comment....and yes,....very very yes....it was a metaphor....just 3 outta 21 ppl got that

Apples vs oranges
India gives terroristsstate gguest honour and own citizens a pigs death at the hand of jehadi pigs

what the fuck
my foot

another eyeopener? sure it is. agree with everything you wrote and it was really a very well written article.Manmohan singh will have to do better than just being diplomatic when it comes to taking action against terrorism, but what about the authorities in the hierarchy...is everybody else deaf n dumb?

wat a post..man it was abl to make a print on ma mind..really appreciate ur point of view n with u..its tym to show our metal man..good post

It is a sorry state of affairs really. At least we can execute that butcher Kasab now that he is in our hands. Also, we should stop sending dossiers to our friendly neighborhood nation. They are going to reject whatever proof we give them anyway. Every time I read all this, I feel depressed as I don't know what we can do about it as a common Indian citizen.

Damn our PM dances to the tunes of Ms. Gandhi!!It's not that I disrespect him bt I think he needs to come out 0f the shell..take some really bold decisions..wich v d Indians are nt well acquainted wid..coz none have been taken so far..
Dun unnerstand frm ver do they derive these soft hearts for terrorists.. crib abt d same thing that pak is not takin enough measures...
wen they r nt committed towards der country..y wd d neighbour bother??
I've written a similar post...bt it's a take on the new govt..chk out...

how can u say superb i am ashamed to squeak about it

first of all, thank you very much for giving me this link, I got a chance to read a masterpiece...

second, loved the way you narrated the whole post...a well researched and honest post...a tight slap on everyone - from politicians to public - who takes the country for granted...

you penned down the rage I failed to express...there is so much of anger and disappointment still, but words fail me each time I try to write about it...I could not watch the tv when the whole thing was happening, while most of the people were hooked to the television...I don't know how the whole operation was carried out and how it ended, the point was, it was all happening out there...the media was helping the terrorists by disclosing the positions of our police and army...

it is useless to target politicians too...they are elected by us...we ain't wrong either...all the politicians are the same, so whom we will vote for? in the end, everything comes to one reason - corruption...

do you know one of the major targets of this attack knew about ths a month back...they safeguarded their property not disclosing the threatening e-mail that the terrorists sent them a month back...their building was sealed and terrorists couldnt enter there, thus kama hospital was attacked instead...I didn't mention ths anywhere in my post or comments as it would have hurt many and they might have thought it was a made up story, but this is a fact...

I will stop here...already a long comment...great post..

@ Neha
Masterpiece, did you say? This is one of the best compliments I've ever got. Thanks a million. :)

You just surprised me with a shocking information. I knew about the supposed e-mails regarding the attack and I thought that the authorities had just neglected it. But a particular property was safe guarded??? This is outrageous! I've never read or heard about it anywhere. You should have written about it since you know it for sure.

And thanks a lot for you views on this. I really appreciate it. :)

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