Thursday, December 16, 2004

60 years later

An op-ed in the Washington Times today blasts the UN for having trouble passing an initiative to hold a special session of the U.N. General Assembly to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust. Apparently, some Arab member nations have objections to the initiative.

Unfortunate as it is, the "international arena" is full of anti-Semitic despots, whose views on Hitler's "final solution" are anything but condemnatory.

Sixty years after the furnaces of Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Treblinka and Dachau were extinguished, anti-Semitism is back on the rise, and not just among Arabs. The world should be reminded just how far certain hatred can go if not stopped dead in its tracks.

Islamic radicals have goals very similar to Hitler's, and no less horrifying. Americans need to recognize this uncomfortable fact and get serious about rectifying the situation. It'll be easier to deal with now than after another 20 years of inaction.

As Thomas Paine said, “If there must be trouble let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.”

Update: The Bookworm has an enlightening post on the UN's recent seminar on "Islamophobia."