PAST & FUTURE HOLOCAUSTS
By Alan Caruba
The “Final Solution,” code for the genocide of all of Europe’s Jews, was worked out at a January, 1942, meeting in Wannsee, a suburb of Berlin. The meeting lasted about an hour and a half at most.
The Final Solution, or Holocaust, required “more than the tacit acceptance from the Reich’s State apparatus,” Arendt wrote. “. . . it needed the active cooperation of all Ministries and the whole Civil Service.” It required, too, that otherwise ordinary, seemingly decent, people turn a blind eye to it. It required the destruction of morality.
Adolf Eichmann became one of the chief architects of Hitler’s Holocaust -- the mass killing of Jews, and the comparable mass murder of members of any other groups deemed to be enemies of the Nazi regime. In all, an estimated eleven million died in the death camps, six million of whom were Jews. After World War II, Eichmann was captured in Argentina by Israeli operatives and returned to stand trial in Israel.
As Arendt noted, “The trouble with Eichmann was precisely that so many were like him, and that the many were neither perverted nor sadistic, that they were, and still are, terribly and terrifyingly normal.” Responding to the criticism that arose from the publication of her book, Arendt, who died in 1975, said, “I held and hold the opinion that this trial had to take place in the interests of justice and nothing else.”
Mahoud Ahmadinejad is an Islamist version of Hitler, who, in a recent interview with Der Spiegel, a German publication, asked, “Why isn’t research into a deed that occurred 60 years ago permitted?” The interviewer replied, “there has been a great deal of research, and there is neither the slightest doubt about the Holocaust, nor about the fact — we greatly regret this — that the Germans are responsible for it.” But Ahmadinejad persisted, trying to tie the Holocaust to the current situation involving the Palestinians. “And if the Holocaust actually occurred,” he said, only to be asked if he thought it was a myth. “I will only accept something as truth if I am actually convinced of it.”
Suffice it to say, Ahmadinejad used every argument at his disposal to either deny the Holocaust or claim that the “Zionists” of today were holding Germans “hostage” to the past. “If there really had been a Holocaust, Israel ought to be located in Europe, not in Palestine.” The ability to dismiss some 3,500 years of Jewish history, recorded in the Torah and in the New Testament requires a level of denial that exists throughout the Middle East and is widespread throughout the world.
Ahmadinejad is consumed by several things, not the least of which is the hatred of Jews inherent to Islam. In a veiled threat, he cited “three mistakes” which he deems Europe made “with respect to our people." He stated:
It is absolutely essential to understand that Ahmadinejad is not merely threatening Israel, but also all of Europe with the Iranian insistence on acquiring nuclear weapons that portend a new Holocaust, one that could take the lives of millions of Europeans.
To those who opposed the U.S., British, and Coalition members' removal of an Iraqi despot responsible for the deaths of millions and who now oppose the use of military power to thwart Iran’s drive to acquire nuclear weapons, the only rational conclusion to be drawn from history is that the preemptive destruction of Iran’s nuclear facilities will soon be the only option left. The countdown has begun.
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Alan Caruba is a veteran business and science writer, a Public Relations Counselor, and Founder of the National Anxiety Center, a clearinghouse for information about media-driven scare campaigns. Caruba writes a weekly commentary, "Warning Signs," posted on the Internet website of the National Anxiety Center, which is located at www.anxietycenter.com.
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