YOUR LETTER ABOUT
"TALIBAN AND THE NAZIS"RALPH:
Your correspondent wrote:
When you think Taliban, think Nazis. When you think Bin Laden, think Hitler. And when you think "the people of Afghanistan" think "the Jews in the concentration camps."
It's not only that the Afghan people had nothing to do with this atrocity. They were the first victims of the perpetrators.
How has history looked at the lack of action from the United States of America relative to Roosevelt's decision to not bomb the concentration camps that he knew about and the railroad tracks that led to them as millions after millions of people were transported to these locations to face death. If action had been taken early in the situation, many millions would have been spared.
We are not saying that the answer here is to start bombing non-targets. But we must point out that there are many dangers here --- and one of them is to line up behind empty slogans like "When you think Bin Laden, think Hitler", and when you think "the people of Afghanistan" think "the Jews in the concentration camps."
We ask you a question. Let us go back to the morning of September 11, 2001. There are two airplanes heading towards the twin towers in New York City and one headed towards the Pentagon in Washington DC. You know what will happen if they reach their targets. You know that there are hundreds of innocent people on those planes. You have an instant to decide. Would you shoot down those planes?
The people of Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, etc. are under the oppression of renegade militants. Do we have a responsibility as a country who is also under attack to protect them? If one million Jews were killed in those camps instead of six million we would still be greiving but there would be more of us.
What we are facing can not be calmed with slogans.
Please continue to remember Hitler and the Jews in the concentration camps. Think of what America could have done to make that awful situation less so.--- PARADOX398@aol.com