“…YOU COULDN'T CRY IN AUSCHWITZ. YOU CRIED, YOU DIED."
World leaders gathered today at Auschwitz to mark the 60th anniversary
of the liberation of the industrial killing center created by the Nazis that has forever defined the terms "death camp" and "Genocide"
in the public mind. The vow " Never Again" was made then and renewed today.
The best possible tribute to the victims of Nazi genocide
would not be ceremonies or pious incantations of memory but for the world to actually try to stop the next one.
In Cambodia, when the Khmer Rouge
marched city dwellers out into the countryside and created fields of human bones only Israel's ambassador stood up in the UN and demanded that something be done. Nothing was done. Had not the mad and sinister Pol Pot
not ordered a quixotic invasion of Cambodia's brother Communist state of Vietnam, thus provoking Hanoi to conquer Cambodia, Pol Pot might still be in power. A quarter of a century later, the surviving architects of the killing fields remain unpunished.
In Ethiopia, the Communist government of Colonel Haile Menghistu Mariam, larded with Soviet military aid and Cuban advisors, starved a million people to death. The response of the West was to sing " We are the World".
Saddam Hussein gassed the Kurds, massacred the Shiites and destroyed the Marsh Arab minority and with his power broken he sits in a cell untried and defiant while European diplomats and NGO's withold needed forensic expertise
for fear that an Iraqi tribunal might sentence Saddam to death for his crimes.
How many Bosnians disappeared into Slobodon Milosevic's Night and Fog ?
Where was Kofi Annan when the Interhamwe
hacked 800,000 Rwandans to death and General Dallaire was begging his UN superiors for help ?
Where now is the world when the Janjaweed rides
Never Again ?