While in Washington D.C. recently Tracy and I took some time to visit the Holocaust Memorial Museum. Having lived in Europe during the 1970s, I have vivid recollections of childhood visits to the Nazi concentration camp at Dachau, and to the apartment in Amsterdam where Anne Frank wrote her diary in hiding.
So when the “leader” of Iran — Mahmoud Ahmadinejad — declared again this week that Israel will “be soon swept away” by the Palestinians, you have to take it seriously:
“This terrorist and criminal state is backed by foreign powers, but this regime would soon be swept away by the Palestinians,” Ahmadinejad said in a press conference in Tehran.
Referring to worldwide celebrations for the 60th anniversary of Israel’s foundation, he said that “it would be futile to hold a birthday ceremony for something which is already dead.”
“As far as the regional countries are concerned, this regime does not exist,”
If we learned anything from the experience of World War II, it should be that you cannot and should not attempt to reason or bargain or negotiate with homicidal maniacs bent on genocide.
That’s why Barack Obama’s promise to sit down and try to reason with this madman is frighteningly and dangerously naive.