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.


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.