Calling into dispute
and Taylor assert that the "Holocaust industry" in
America is seeking, through its discussions of the Holocaust,
to "make concrete what might otherwise become dated and ephemeral."
My question is, how can one describe the deaths of more than 6
million individuals of one religion, and more than 10 million
people overall--simply because the Nazis considered them untermenschen--"dated
and ephemeral?" I am shocked at the callousness of arguing that
one of history's most terrible tragedies is not worth our time
Giraldi and Taylor learned that the primary lesson of the Holocaust
is that such barbarism can be visited upon anyone, even members
of "America's Christian majority"?
minimizing the Holocaust, Giraldi and Taylor visit the favorite
ground of those who feel inconvenienced by the memory of the Holocaust-attacking
"wealthy and influential American Jews," "Israel-firsters," and
any other straw men they seek to knock down with their unsubstantiated
demagogy and rhetorical claptrap. The fatuous nonsense of Jews
controlling government--which the writers bring up by claiming
that "Israel-firsters" are "masters of the executive and legislative
branches"--the ranting that there exists a conspiracy by Jews
to take over and dominate the media and government, is not new.
Hitler, Himmler, and Goering said the same things, as did other
anti-Semites throughout the centuries. The sheer lie of implying
that American Jews are "Israel-firsters," and that somehow they
put Israeli interests over that of the United States, their own
country, is yet more recycled, prejudiced, and inaccurate harping
against a loyal and patriotic segment of the American citizenry.
American Jews do not put any country over America.
there is a contradiction in their illogical fulminations: If America
is indeed a majority Christian nation, it would presume that the
majority Christians are immensely powerful in numbers and influence.
Such a conclusion is only logical. Are the writers actually claiming
that the vast and numerous American Christian majority was outwitted
and outmaneuvered by a small Jewish minority? How plausible does
this nonsense actually seem?
a small Jewish minority really collectively have that much more
money and influence than a vast American Christian majority? Does
that explain why none of our presidents and vice presidents ever
were Jews? Or do Jews simply pull strings behind the scenes? It
appears that the prejudiced have joined forces with X-Files
next trick is to bring up the plight of the Arabs. I do not doubt
for a moment that in the ongoing Arab-Israeli conflict, both sides
have committed terrible acts, which should weigh heavily on their
consciences. However, Giraldi and Taylor make no allowance for
the suffering undergone by Israelis, who merely wish to keep their
state, which is the size of Vermont, intact. They similarly forget
that a number of Arab states, who possess so much more land mass,
and so many more people, continue even today to plan for Israel's
extermination. Giraldi and Taylor should perhaps get out of their
cushy American existence, try living in an environment where they
are surrounded by tens of states that want their existence extinguished,
and see if they do not develop the very mentality that they condemn
one claims that the Jews suffered exclusively. No one has forgotten
the genocide against the Armenians, the way in which the Khmer
Rouge turned against 2 million Cambodians--their own countrymen.
Certainly, within this decade the plight of the Bosnian and Albanian
Muslims has been brought home to us.
Wiesel, whom Giraldi and Taylor ridicule, spoke at the opening
of the Holocaust Museum in 1993 calling for action on behalf of
the Bosnian Muslims. What the lessons of the Holocaust do, and
are supposed to do, is to remind us of the fact that any suffering
minority could be enduring inhumane and barbaric cruelties. Has
the world been perfect in responding to genocide? No. Can it respond
to all genocide? Probably not, though we wish and pray for a way
to. But if the Holocaust is forgotten and papered over, in the
historically inaccurate and sociologically depraved manner that
Giraldi and Taylor call for, there will be infinitely more such
inhumanity, and it will likely not spare even Christians. In fact,
perhaps Giraldi and Taylor have failed to note the plight and
persecution of Christians worldwide. Preventing this, and the
atrocities of tomorrow, means remembering the atrocities of yesterday.
Yousefzadeh, AB'94, AM'95