What does Auschwitz, the U.N. General Assembly and the U.S. Congress have in common?
Auschwitz, the largest concentration camp of its kind established by the Nazi regime, consisted of three main camps, the most infamous of which, like Dachau, functioned as a murder center for Jews, Poles, gypsies and Soviet POWs.
The United Nations General Assembly is the main deliberative organ of the U.N. Decisions on important questions, such as those on peace and security, and admission of new members and budgetary matters require a two-thirds majority. Decisions on other questions are by simple majority. Each country has one vote.
As for Congress, consisting of the House of Representatives and the Senate, if we must define it, then, in my humble opinion, the readers of this column are as much in the dark as the present members of the aforementioned institution. One could argue that there are few things in which these three elements are in harmony. In fact, I am sure there are those who would suggest they have absolutely nothing in common.
Au contraire, mesdames et messieurs; the one thing they all share is the fact that they have all been addressed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Israeli prime minister has, at various times, spoken to those assembled and in each instance used the same, or essentially the same, phrase, “Never again.”
Never again? Meaning what?
There have been counterclaims that in World War II not all were murdered in gas chambers like Auschwitz, but it is a matter of record that millions died, whether it was from medical experiments, malnutrition, exhaustion, beatings or disease. It is doubtful that anyone knows precisely how many Jews died, but the commonly accepted figure today is six million.
Six million men, women and children were murdered simply for the “crime” of being Jewish.
Lest we forget, one individual who has stated that Israel “must be wiped off the map” and has called the Holocaust “a myth” heads up an army of some 500,000 armed with tanks, planes and now missiles that can reach Israel and U.S. bases in the region.
Apparently, much of the Western world (including the U.S.) is fearful that a pre-emptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities would alienate and/or anger billions of Muslims worldwide, seemingly forgetting that these self-same billions already hate the West.
In a speech at Auschwitz to an audience that included members of Obama’s Cabinet and many members of the U.S. Congress, Prime Minister Netanyahu wondered if today’s allies, and particularly America’s reluctance to act against Iran, could be compared to a situation that occurred in World War II. Apparently, the allies then were unwilling to bomb the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz. Netanyahu read from a 1944 letter from the U.S. War Department that allies had not bombed Auschwitz because they feared it might cause even more vindictive action from the Germans. In other words, they were afraid of the consequences of pre-emptive action. Could we be seeing a rerun of the situation that occurred in World War II?
Ahmadinejad, who has, on several occasions, denied the Holocaust, also called Israel a “cancerous tumor” that should be “wiped off the map.”
Unfortunately, we human beings have a tendency to ascribe our motives to others. We hear of horror stories like murder, vicious rapes and violent beatings and recoil, thinking, “I could never do that!” Similarly, when people heard the stories of millions of Jews being slaughtered in gas chambers and cremated in ovens, they could not believe civilized people would do that. But these same “civilized” people raided French art museums and stole works of art. They did “do that.”
While there are still those who believe people wouldn’t really do that, I (because I have met survivors of the Holocaust) know they would, and they did. But Israel has nukes! Don’t her enemies know she will retaliate? The Islamic dictators in Iran, and other Middle Eastern countries ruled by militant Muslims already are fomenting revolution and working on plans for the 21st century version of “The Final Solution,” as evidenced by this statement by former president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani:
“The presumed moderate of this group has explained that ‘the use of a nuclear bomb in Israel will leave nothing on the ground, whereas it will only damage the world of Islam.’ The logic is impeccable, the intention clear: A nuclear attack would effectively destroy tiny Israel, while any retaliation launched by a dying Israel would have no major effect on an Islamic civilization of a billion people stretching from Mauritania to Indonesia.”
“Well,” people exclaim, “this is the 21st century. Civilization has taught people valuable lessons!” Times have changed? I leave it to you. Consider and compare the thought processes and actions of today’s Mujahedeen (freedom fighters, aka suicide bombers) with a statement made by Rudolph Hess, commander of Auschwitz: “We were all so trained to obey orders without even thinking that the thought of disobeying an order would simply never have occurred to anybody …” Imagine the horror of 9/11 had the terrorists been in possession of nuclear bombs. Does anyone think they would have hesitated to use them instead of flying planes into the World Trade Center?
In 1947, the U.N. approved the establishment of the Jewish homeland, and in 1948 it officially became the State of Israel. Unofficially, they adopted the motto “Never Again.” I think they meant it.
I am sure many have noticed this peculiarity: Six million Jews died in the World War II Holocaust, and on the eve of Rosh Hashanah 5773 (the Jewish new year in September 2012), Israel’s Jewish population stood at 5,978,600, not counting Arabs. Doing the math finds Israel only 21,400 short of having exactly six million Jews facing another “final solution.”
Iran has made its intentions clear: “Israel is to be wiped off the map.”
I think Ahmadinejad means it.
Prime Minister Netanyahu has publicly and forcefully reiterated, “Never again.”
I think he means it.