July 20, 2012, 12:02 p.m. ET A Newsman's Olympic Stand What are the Olympics for? Awesome displays of physical ability, mainly, but with a heavy helping of politicsfrom mere kumbaya globalism to notorious whitewashes of Nazism and Communism. On rare occasion, though, the Games inspire displays of sound political judgment. This year's first medalist in that category is television anchor Bob Costas. The NBC veteran has revealed that his broadcast of the July 27 opening ceremony will include a minute of silence for the 11 Israeli Olympians murdered by Palestinian terrorists at the Munich Games 40 years agoa minute of silence that the International Olympic Committee has refused to arrange on its own. Mr. Costas explained to Hollywood Reporter magazine: "I intend to note that the IOC denied the request. Many people find that denial more than puzzling but insensitive." So he'll tell viewers "here's a minute of silence right now." Judging from the 2008 ceremony, 35 million Americans could be watching. Mr. Costas is hardly alone in finding the Munich killings worthy of commemoration. Others who have spoken up include President Barack Obama ("absolutely," the White House said Thursday), all U.S. senators, every Australian and Canadian parliamentarian, Germany's foreign minister and some 100,000 online petitioners. But none has shaken the IOC from its decades-long refusaland none has Mr. Costas's opportunity to impose an unofficial but almost uniquely high-profile minute of silence. more at- A Newsman's Olympic Stand - WSJ.com *uck the IOC, another euro trash corrupt organization.