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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Second Holocaust all too possible

The year is 1945, and the allies have just liberated the German concentration camps, and found a horror of which the world had yet to even realize the scope.

Soon the world would realize the Nazis had systematically exterminated between 8 and 10 million people — 6 million of them Jews.

The cry rang out “Never again,” not just from Jews world wide but from the world.

By 1947 the Jews had their own state, in their ancestral homeland, and the saying “Next year in Jerusalem,” was finally possible.

Fast forward a bit more than 60 years and Israel is once again under siege — as it has been all too often in its history.

Terrorists within are trying to destroy the tiny nation. Surrounding countries from Syria to Iran are threatening to wipe them off the map, all for no better real reason than because they are Jews — the same reason Hitler, the Inquisition and numerous others have used over the centuries to try to destroy them.

So with the outrage of the Holocaust still within living memory the world has rallied to the defense of Israel, right?


Last week, the Turks, long an ally of Israel allowed a “relief convoy” to sail for Gaza. The Israelis declared a blockade of that port a couple of years ago to prevent weapons from getting to Hamas, which is a terrorist organization dedicated to the destruction of Israel.

The blockade was completely legal under international law, and when the Israeli defense forces boarded one of those “relief” vessels their soldiers were attacked and forced to defend themselves — several of the crew died. Generally speaking, attacking armed men with boat hooks and pipes isn’t smart.

So did the world condemn the terrorists?

Of course not.

Israel has been roundly condemned every time they defend themselves.

Like the 1930s, anti-semitism is once again fashionable.

Of course, those who spout such garbage say they’re not anti semitic, just anti Israel. This is specious nonsense, you can’t be one without the other.

Helen Thomas, long considered the dean of the White House press corps, has gone into several anti-semitic rants in recent days calling the Israeli action a deliberate massacre, international crime, and called Israel a terrorist state, reports.

In addition she’s been quoted as saying the Jews should go back to Germany and Poland.

Many called for her firing by Hearst Newspapers, and for her expulsion from the White House Press corps.

Yesterday she announced she would retire. But we also need to examine if it would really make any difference.

She’s not said anything that others haven’t said, or worse.

It’s sad to see our president snub and insult our only real ally in the region. The world turn a blind eye when nutjobs like Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad scream for the destruction of the tiny state and Europe once again stands silent, or worse — they condemn Israel beside terrorists like Ahmadinejad.

Who can blame the Israelis for having a siege mentality?

Who can blame them if they are perhaps a little too willing to shoot first and ask questions later? Which by the way, they did not do in this case.

Given their history the Israelis do not and should not trust any outside group for their security.

Every time they’ve done so in more than 4,000 years of history they have paid with the lives of their people.

It is time to change that history. It is time to stand with them.

We must stand up and again say “never again.” Or a second Holocaust will become a sad reality, and this time the blood will be on our hands.

All IMHO, of course.

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