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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Discuss the Holocaust? Never Again

Talking about the Holocaust causes Israel to perpetuate the "Occupation" of the West Bank?

John Mearsheimer seems to think so. 

And so, his policy proposal is to forget about the Holocaust and move on already.

From Eric Trager at Commentary Magazine:

In trying to “solve” the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, policymakers and analysts typically seek to address some of the following problems: Palestinian terrorism, Israeli settlement-building, contested sovereignty over Jerusalem, and the plight of Palestinian refugees.  But after twenty years or so of failed peace-making attempts, University of Chicago Professor John Mearsheimer has finally identified the real barrier to Israeli-Palestinian peace: Jews’ incessant talk about the Holocaust.

Granted, Mearsheimer didn’t arrive at this conclusion all by himself.  Never one to do the dirty work of original research (note the number of pro-Israel lobbyists he interviewed for hisinfamous book - zero), Mearsheimer is merely parroting the arguments of Knesset-Speaker-turned-post-Zionist Avraham Burg, whose new book is titled The Holocaust is Over.  Mearsheimer uses Burg’s work to advance his own “instrumentalist” claim: that supporters of Israel “use” the Holocaust to “fend off criticism and to allow Israel to continue committing crimes against the Palestinians.”  In short, remembering the Holocaust is - in and of itself - theproblem.

If this argument sounds remotely familiar, perhaps you’ve been listening to the rantings of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who similarly claims that Zionists have played up the Holocaust to win international sympathy for Israel.  But at least Ahmadinejad has a logical - though hardly subtle - “solution” for this “problem” of Holocaust memory: he has invested substantial diplomatic resources into flat-out denying that the Holocaust ever happened.

Mearsheimer, on the other hand, offers this completely bizarre policy proposal: “solve” the “problem” of Holocaust memory by ending the Israeli occupation of the West Bank -

… the best way to rescue Israel from its plight is not simply to get beyond the Holocaust, but to end the Occupation. Then, the need to talk incessantly about the Holocaust will be greatly reduced and Israel will be a much healthier and secure country. Sadly, there is no end in sight to the Occupation, and thus we are likely to hear more, not less, about the Holocaust in years ahead.

The extent of Mearsheimer’s illogic is incredible: he seems to think that the Israeli occupationcauses discussion of the Holocaust.  If we take this absurd argument at face value, Mearsheimer actually provides a reason to support the Israeli occupation (!): as the international community continually fails to respond to genocides worldwide, something that causes us to “hear more” about the Holocaust is probably a good thing.

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6 Comments:

Blogger Damien said...

Pastorius,

One wonders how John Mearsheimer, thinks we can keep something like the Holocaust from ever happening again, if we can't even talk about the Holocaust? Beyond that, what about the fact that the Palestinians are calling for another Holocaust? Could he be a closet Nazi?

Saturday, December 13, 2008 4:50:00 pm  
Blogger Pastorius said...

The lesson of the Holocaust is that we ought to recognize that when a group of people call for the death of another group of people, they mean it, and so, we should act to stop it.

For instance, we ought to be something about the Sudanese Genocide. But, we do not heed the lesson of the Holocaust, and so we have allowed it to go on for 25 years.

Saturday, December 13, 2008 11:39:00 pm  
Blogger Damien said...

Pastorius,

Also we in addition to ignoring Islamic genocidal maniacs, for the most part we don't talk about the genocide committed by communists, such as the Khmer_Rouge and the genocide, they committed against the innocent people of Cambodia

Sunday, December 14, 2008 12:29:00 am  
Blogger Pastorius said...

Yep, that's true. I was going to mention that. In the past thirty years there has been Khmer Rouge, Sudan, Rwanda, and others. It's been non-stop during the 20th and 21st centuries, hasn't it?

Sunday, December 14, 2008 12:54:00 am  
Blogger Damien said...

Pastorius,

Yeah I know. Its unfortunate.

Sunday, December 14, 2008 1:05:00 am  
Blogger SamenoKami said...

In order for it to never happen again every Jew needs the will and means to fight (I'll help.) A Jewish person w/no firearm/s is guaranteeing another one.

Sunday, December 14, 2008 7:22:00 pm  

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