Tuesday, April 03, 2007

?מַה נִּשְׁתַּנָּה הַלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה מִכָּל הַלֵּילוֹת

"Why is this night different from all other nights?"

In addition to wishing everyone a Happy Passover, I pass along a potent reminder of how little human nature changes from Dr. Horsefeathers' blog, an interview with one of the last surviving leaders of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, reflecting on Iraq, war, human nature, and the temptation to look the other way:

"Interviewer: But there are people who say it's not our business.

Edelman: And whose business is it? Every war with fascism is our business. In 1939 there were also many people who said that the war in Poland was not their war, and what happened? Great nations fell because politicians listened to those who were saying that it's not worth dying for Gdansk [Danzig]. If only we'd intervened militarily after Hitler re-entered Rhineland we probably would not have had the war and the Holocaust.

Interviewer: Many people do understand that, but they don't understand why the Americans have to go to the other side of the world and fight over Iraq now.

Edelman: And why did they go to Europe then? Who defeated Hitler and saved Europe from fascism? The French? No, the Americans did. We thanked them then because they saved us. Today we criticise them because they're saving somebody else..."

Much more at Horsefeathers...Senator Reid might want to think harder before declaring Iraqis not worth a drop of American blood.

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