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The UN and the Holocaust: A Flat Learning Curve?

25 January 2005

By Yisrael Ne'eman

UN Sec. General Kofi Annan quoted the well known saying, "All that is needed for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing," during his opening remarks to the General Assembly commemorating the 60th year of liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp. He then went on to discuss the horrors of the Holocaust and the specific and unique horrific sufferings of the Jewish People, including the murder of 1.5 million children.

With Holocaust denial rife and anti-Semitism on the rise in the Arab/Moslem Middle East and in many European nations, the UN certainly took an important step. Furthermore the connection between Israel and the Jewish People was driven home as Israel's national anthem Hatikva was read and the El Malai Rachamim prayer for the dead was recited. So forceful was the United Nations desire to make a forceful statement condemning the Holocaust and anti-Semitism that even the Jordanian delegate spoke and the Iranians left some representation during the commemorations. Originally most of the Arab/Moslem world voted against holding such a memorial session, but due to overwhelming diplomatic pressure, they lined up with the decision.

Israeli Foreign Minister Sylvan Shalom who addressed the Assembly later recounted to the Voice of Israel Radio his emotions concerning world recognition of the Holocaust as a particularly Jewish catastrophe. He then added that the average vote when condemning Israel was 140 to 6 with several abstentions and that in the past year (2004) this happened 26 times. This time however, 156 supported Israel and the Jewish People. Yet Shalom added, anti-Semitism is flourishing once again.

No doubt the UN made a spectacular gesture and for a moment recognized the unbreakable oneness of Israel and the Jewish People. But no matter how gratifying, it was words and ceremony.

If the world body and especially the Europeans want to prevent the "triumph" of "evil" and not remain "good men" who "do nothing" then the hypocrisy and cowardice in confronting the Iranian nuclear weapons project needs to come to an immediate end. According to Israel's security establishment, led by Mossad chief Meir Dagan, the Iranians will be at the point of no return in their nuclear development by the end of the year. The bomb will not be completed, but rather Tehran will no longer need outside aid for its development. The world needs to act immediately.

One can depend on the Europeans to negotiate forever or to come to an agreement only to be violated by Iran. Anyone remember Neville Chamberlain, Munich, appeasement, the dismemberment of Czechoslovakia and "peace in our time"? Hitler gained all the western concessions he could and went to war holding the upper hand. Had the Nazis been stopped in the late 1930s WWII and the Holocaust would have been avoided.

There are 40 nuclear sites scattered throughout Iran and with their massive oil production everyone can see through the lie that the project is only for "peaceful" and "energy" related purposes. North Korea violated its promises not to build "the bomb" and they either have it or are perilously close. The Pakistanis developed the weapon, but promised not to export nuclear secrets. Their top scientist Dr. Khan did just that but suffered no real punishment.

The primary Iranian target is Israel, but Europe and the US can be added to the list. Although not completed, Israel is developing a serious missile defense through the Arrow system. Europe is less prepared. Representing democracy and a super liberalism the EU does not understand just how much of a threat their way of life is to the totalitarian Iranian Ayatollah regime. Khomeini called democracy "prostitution." They too are one the list for destruction, even if Israel and the Jews are given special billing and are first in line.

Hitler did the same, first destroy the Jews, then liberalism and democracy. It is as Elie Wiesel said years ago about the Holocaust, "Not every victim was a Jew, but every Jew was a victim." Israel will be vigilant, but cannot take on Iran (Iraqi Osirak style or any other way), the Europeans can be expected to make their compromises and ultimately fail. And then everyone will look to the USA.

Sound familiar?