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October 18, 2003
A reply to Roger Simon

I read an excellent and, as advertised, depressing short essay by Roger Simon titled Could It Be More Depressing? I wrote this back in response.

As a 40-year-old man who has studied 20th century history, I had always felt that the world in general had learned its lesson about anti-Semitism, and while general hatred of Jews may exist, it mainly existed in repressive Muslim societies. One of the benefits of liberating Iraq would therefore have been an opportunity for Arabs and Jews to work together in a mutually beneficial relationship, as a model for the region that could transform the Middle East.

Unfortunately, while the radicalization of some moderate Muslims was to be expected, the Western response to anti-Semitic actions and speech has left me profoundly disappointed. Jacques Chirac blocks an EU resolution protesting Mahathir's remarks, while France convulses with more anti-Semitic violence than its seen since WWII. American media are barely budged by Mahathir's remarks. Members of Congress openly express preference for Arab dictatorships and kleptocracies and argue for abandoning Israel, the only functioning democracy in the region (apart from Turkey).

I share and understand your pessimism. The only comfort I can offer is that we are fortunate to have the right men in executive office in America and Britain, the primary defenders of Western civilization. Hopefully, we will continue to have that fortune, or be lucky enough that whoever replaces them understands the daunting task of defending our way of life. Western civilization cannot afford to surrender the Jews a second time to barbarism in order to avoid fighting it.

Let's hope more people realize that than not.

Read Roger's article, but also read through the responses. The fear that history may be repeating itself is palpable.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at October 18, 2003 1:39 PM

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