Meaningless mantra (ISRAEL INSIDER COMMENTARY) By Stan Goodenough 01/28/05)
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This week, in what was described as an historic event, the people of
the world represented by the United Nations held a special meeting to
commemorate the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
As reported by The Jerusalem Post , the event marked "the first time
that the United Nations [had dedicated] a session to memorializing
the victims of the Holocaust."
The theme of Monday´s special session was:"The evil which murdered
six million Jews in the death camps still threatens us today."
It never murdered "us" in the death camps. It never rounded up and
mass murdered any of the civilian nationals whose representatives sit
in the General Assembly, nor does it threaten genocide against any of
those nationals today.
The theme should have read: "The evil which murdered six million Jews
in the death camps still threatens the Jews today."
For the hatred that drove men to incite against the Jews, demonize
them, mark them for "special treatment," round them up in ghettos,
herd them into trains and drive millions of them through the doors of
the gas chambers, is alive and well in our 21st Century world.
And many UN member states are infested with this unique hatred; this
most enduring form of hatred --hatred of the Jew.
The spirit which 65 years ago possessed one man and his nation to
carry out the genocide of Europe´s Jews did not perish with Hitler in
his bunker, nor has it been purged from the planet in the years since
the survivors of Auschwitz were set free.
Today that spirit prevails in the hearts and minds of millions of
people throughout the Middle East --people who regard Hitler as a
hero and who, just as he did, publicly proclaim their intention to
complete what he began.
There are member states of the UN whose leaders and citizens would
welcome the destruction of world Jewry, beginning with the
eradication of the Jewish state.
Some of these nations are actively arming themselves to be the
instruments of that destruction:
Iran is pursuing an aggressive nuclear program, has expressed its
determination to produce its own atomic weapons of mass destruction
within the next few years, and has warned that, should Jerusalem try
to sabotage this effort, it will immediately move to obliterate the
State of Israel.
This week the chief of Israel´s Mossad warned that Iran´s nuclear
program was nearly past the point of no return.
Syria, widely suspected of squirreling away Saddam Hussein´s non-
conventional weapons, is manufacturing its own VX Gas warheads to
mount on its arsenal of SCUD missiles.
Lebanon?s Hizballah has around 20,000 missiles aimed into northern
Israel. Last July, the Syria-supported group took delivery of
extended range missiles together with non-conventional warheads for
some of its rockets.
Saudi Arabia is bristling with the most advanced weapons systems in
the world, and has refused to redeploy its US-made warplanes away
from positions from which they can easily strike Israel, while the
House of Saud is under constant threat of being overthrown in a coup
that would see Islamic radicals taking control of its military
And Egypt, a country that has a peace treaty with Israel, and which
is not militarily threatened by any of its neighbors, is upgrading
its armed forces to the tune of billions of dollars, and holding war-
games in which Israel is the enemy. A former Egyptian Minister of War
has stated publicly that in the next Arab-Israeli war, Egypt?s peace
treaty with Israel will go into the trash can, and his country will
join its Arab brothers against the Jews.
Experts recently announced that Saudi Arabia and Egypt are both
developing nuclear capabilities.
As these preparations for Holocaust II are underway, instead of
exposing, confronting and dealing with them, while lining up to
solidly defend Israel against them, the same nations whose leaders
regularly vow that "never again" will they allow it to happen, are
weakening Israel through their land-for-peace policies, and helping
to prepare the way for just such a Holocaust.
For 15 years I have watched as this road has been paved. Against the
roar of the world´s approval and support of the "peace process" a few
people have tried to sound warnings -- not about another Holocaust
per se , but about the grave dangers posed by the diplomatic process
(known variously as Madrid, Oslo, the Road Map and Geneva), and where
it is leading.
At what point, when you see approaching danger, should you alert
those in its path? If you holler too early, and they see no evidence
of the threat, they?ll dismiss you like the boy who cried "wolf," and
disregard your warning.
If you leave it too late, you restrict the intended victim´s ability
to respond by either combating the danger or fleeing from it.
Since 1991, Israel has been under unrelenting pressure to relinquish
control over strategic and historic central parts of its tiny land,
in exchange for which it has been repeatedly promised peace.
It is the determined intention of the entire world today, led by the
United States, that Israel will let go of that land and allow on it
the creation of another Arab state whose citizens are fully aligned
in intent, with the rest of their Arab brothers, to destroy utterly
what would be left of Israel.
The world expects Israel to agree to withdraw behind a border that,
at its waist, is just nine miles wide, with 75 percent of its
population living in this narrow coastal plain beneath the looming
high ground of what would be Palestine.
So dearly does the world want to see peace come to the Middle East
that Israel must be willing to risk its existence for it.
Israel has been taking "risks-for-peace" since 1993; incrementally
handing over more and more land to the Palestinian Arabs, and in
exchange burying more and more of its Jews. There is not one jot of
evidence to support the belief that Israel will ever receive peace in
exchange for trading its land.
With the weapons being acquired and developed by the Arab states
today, another surprise attack like the one that took place on Yom
Kippur in 1973 would result in a war that would be over, not in six
days, but in six hours. A dozen non-conventional warheads launched
against the strip of land between Jaffa and Netanya -- and Israel
would be no more.
Israel?s enemies declare their intentions, pray for their success,
and fan the flames of hatred towards the Jewish state as they prepare
to inflict "Allah?s will" upon them.
Most Jews refuse to see it. To them, the Holocaust was unique,
incomparable, the blackest moment in their 4000-year history. They
simply cannot imagine it happening again.
The Western world doesn´t, or won´t, see it, and pursues it policies
of pressuring Israel to appease the Arabs, while mouthing the
meaningless words: "Never again."
The Holocaust was not an aberration that took place in the depths of
the Dark Ages. It happened just the other day, a mere 65 years ago,
in the lifetime of people who are still with us today. Nor did it
come out of the blue, sprung suddenly, without warning, on an
We knew it was coming. In the years before he came to power, Hitler
had openly articulated his hatred of Jews and his belief that it
would be a service to mankind to annihilate them.
Top secret documents declassified in recent years have revealed that
senior US and British officials knew what the Fuhrer was planning for
Europe?s Jews, but did nothing to stop him. As the menace of Nazism
loomed, instead of dealing with it, Western powers sought to pacify
it by sacrificing other small nations in their stead.
These nations knew that the Jews were in Hitler´s sights. An
international conference was convened in France in 1936 to discuss
which countries would help to save Jews by enabling them to
immigrate. Nation after nation offered all manner of excuses, and
slammed their doors shut to the Jews.
The defense that "we never knew" has been exposed as a lie. Even
after the true purpose of Auschwitz was revealed, the allies refused
to bomb it, a refusal which cost tens or even hundreds of thousands
If, God forbid, the Middle Eastern Islamic states achieve their goal
of waging a successful genocidal war against Israel?s nearly six
million Jews with their combined weapons of mass destruction, today´s
nations and superpowers will not be able to say that they never knew.
They know. And while mouthing their meaningless mantra, they are
doing nothing to prevent it. (© 2001-2005 Koret Communications Ltd.
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