Iranian “Holocaust”?Apr 24, 2012 at 05:33:23 AM
Elie Wiesel, the famed Nobel Prize-winning author and Holocaust survivor, is jumping into the fray these days about the highly-charged political situation in Iran.
Last week, when Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu compared the Iranian nuclear threat to a second Holocaust, Wiesel shot back:
"Iran is a threat, but can we say that it will make a second Auschwitz? I don't compare anything to the Holocaust... Only Auschwitz was Auschwitz."
This week, Wiesel accompanied President Barack Obama on a visit to the Holocaust Museum in Washington. Following the visit, as reported by the Washington Times, President Obama said:
"It's a bitter truth. Too often the world has failed to prevent the killing of innocents on a massive scale, and we are haunted by the atrocities that we did not stop and the lives we did not save."
But Wiesel wondered aloud why world leaders have not "learned anything" from the Holocaust.
"How is it that Assad is still in power?" Wiesel asked, referring to the 10,000 civilians who have died in Syria since popular protests began about a year ago.
"How is it that the Holocaust's No. 1 denier, Ahmadinejad, is still a president? He who threatens to use nuclear weapons… to destroy the Jewish state. We must know that when evil has power, it is almost too late."
So Wiesel did in fact use the Holocaust Museum as an opportunity to push for protection of Israel today.
My take on all this is that while there are clear parallels ― i.e. Israel's 6 million Jews are being threatened with annihilation by a dictatorial madman ― using the term capital-H "Holocaust" is best reserved for that horrific singular event in world history, the Nazi destruction of European Jewry.
Now it's up to each of us to stop Iran and ensure that nothing of the sort ever happens again.