Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Publish Day – Ink Blog – My Iranian buddy

It was the height of irony that this week is Holocaust Remembrance Week, when we remember the loss of so many innocents and vow to never let it happen again. And here we have Iran’s president calling for Israel and all Jews to be wiped off the face of the planet.

Lovely. I guess he won’t be getting a New Year’s card from me this year.

Seriously, every time I think the world is slowly moving past depthless hatred for others, along comes an idiot like this – a head of state, no less – to remind us that we are as in danger today of meltdown as we were in 1933 when the Nazis came to power and began their murderous campaign.

The biggest danger we face is that of complacency.

Your turn: What are your thoughts on this?

Iranian hatred cause for concern

Published Tuesday, November 1, 2005

The London Free Press

I got a chill down to the base of my spine when Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called Israel a Zionist blot that must be “wiped off the map.”

When the leader of a nuclear-capable nation that actively supports terrorism viciously attacks the right of another nation to exist, we are all at risk. As a Jew, it frightens me to my very core. Ahmadinejad has called for the end not only of the country, but of the people who populate it. It’s anti-Semitism raised to its ugliest level since the close of the Second World War.

A quick reminder might help clarify who truly deserves to remain within the community of nations: when the Iranian city of Bam was decimated by an earthquake in 2003, Israel was one of the first nations to volunteer its resources and expertise.

Iran refused, and instead asked all nations of the world, “except the Zionist regime,” for help.

Regardless, Israel would likely offer to help again. Iran’s racist leader might want to ponder this.


1 comment:

sage said...

yesterday on National Public Radio, here in the US, they told the story about the parents of a Palestinan boy, mistakenly shot by Israeli soldiers (they mistook his toy gun for the real thing). The boy died and the parents donated his organs to an Israeli hospital as a sign of hope... The story offers hope and counters the words coming out of Iran. thanks for posting your words next to the column so they're easy to read.