Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Quoted: Obama in Cairo

I thought of this today:
Around the world, the Jewish people were persecuted for centuries, and anti-Semitism in Europe culminated in an unprecedented Holocaust. Tomorrow, I will visit Buchenwald, which was part of a network of camps where Jews were enslaved, tortured, shot and gassed to death by the Third Reich. Six million Jews were killed — more than the entire Jewish population of Israel today. Denying that fact is baseless, it is ignorant, and it is hateful.

Nothing else I'm thinking is printable.

3 comments:

Vance Maverick said...

If haven't seen this already, check it out -- it will make you think even more unprintable thoughts.

Putting the two together, one sees pretty clearly why Obama might have chosen to follow the Cairo speech with a visit to some potent reminder of the reason for Israel's existence, rather than to the present state of Israel.

Ahistoricality said...

I thought following-up Cairo with Buchenwald was effective, in terms of emphasizing the moral core of the speech.

That which you linked to is precisely why I belong to, and give money to, no national Jewish organizations. (I do support our synagogue, which pays dues to a national organization; that's pretty much as far as it goes) No ethical perspective.

(The c.v. of the guy is interesting: military and political background, NY. Everything I'm not, as a Jew....)

Bonnie Bonsai said...

Politics make me sick. So I pass.