Never again…until the next time

Posted: June 24, 2009 by datechguy in opinion/news
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Jay Nordlinger hit on something today that is so true that it is painful to read:

Hey, speaking of genocide, what about Sudan? Wanting to come to grips with Darfur, I wrote an article called “About Sudan: What has been done? What can be done?” That was published in National Review four years ago: in the May 23, 2005, issue. I have checked in on Sudan from time to time since. And I really see no need to revise that piece, or to write another one. Hardly anything has changed. Last week I read, “The human rights situation in Sudan is ‘critical,’ an independent U.N. expert said Tuesday, accusing the nation’s government of cracking down on its critics and shielding those responsible for gross violations such as rape, torture and murder.” (For the article, go here.)

Yeah, well when is the “human rights situation” not critical? It has been so for a very, very long time. We all know the drill: After a genocide — Rwanda, say — we say “Never again,” and then after the next one “Never again,” and then after the next one . . .

It would be more seemly, I have often thought, simply to stop declaring “Never again.”

There always seems a reason not to worry about stuff like this, we will provoke them, we want to make constructive change, Oh the Olympics will open up China, oh we need to deal with Cuba to open them up. And of course we can’t say a thing because of Gitmo or because of Abu Graib or because of a revolt in 1955 or because of the evils western civilization etc etc etc…

The average American gets it, the reason why there are holocaust museums today isn’t because of what was done, governments KNEW what was being done and didn’t give a damn. This is why:

It’s because an army of average American SAW it and were outraged. It could not be ignored or explained away. Excuses wouldn’t wash. That is when we chose to pretend that this is why we fought, it had nothing to do with it. It SHOULD have, but it didn’t.

It wasn’t till that moment that we transformed the Nazi’s into the most evil people in the world. The reality is there are plenty of candidates for that title, Stalin & Mao slaughtered millions more yet they are acceptable as leaders in Civilization IV and Hitler isn’t. What is the difference? The difference is it hasn’t been seen firsthand by tens of thousands of Americans. This allows intellectuals and political types to explain things away, to be “realistic”, to not interfere.

The American soldiers who fought in Iraq and found the mass graves there (that are still being found) get it, but for our political class other considerations will always rule.

This is why Obama can watch people slaughtered and invite the killers to parties, this is why Clinton can let Rwanda happen and then not be critiqued when he beats his breast in regret.

Our reaction to this is a national disgrace.

It is also why the left will always hate president Bush. 9/11 may have been the impetus but in the end in at least one place in the world the mass graves were stopped and he was responsible and still doesn’t apologize for it.

We are going say little and do less while these people are slaughtered. It’s what we are doing with Sudan and it is what we will do the next time and the time after that. This might seem odd but it’s not about saving slaughtered people; it’s about being able to say you care and convince others you care while doing nothing.

Ah the joys of self esteem.

Update: You know on reflection I’m being unfair. There is a lot of solid outrage against the Mullahs on the left blogs. I think my attack on the administration is correct and those who compare the mullahs to the last administration are frankly loons however that doesn’t describe the majority of the blogs on the left who have supported the people of Iran yearning to be free. I’ve given a wrong impression of the majority opinion on the left on this issue.

So I apologize, my bad.

Update 2: The Iranians have gotten worse:

From the live blogger’s eyewitness account:

>More than 10.000 Bassij Milittias get position in Central Tehran, including Baharestan Sq.
>Army Helicopters flying over Baharestan and Vali Asr Sq.
>The streets, squares and around BAHARESTAN (Approx. South-eastern of Tehran) is swarming with military forces, civilian forces, the security motorists
>The crowd have moved to the south of baharestan, the situation is bad, the shooting has started
>In Baharestan Sq. in the Police shooting, A girl is shot and the police is not allowing to let them help
>In Baharestan we saw militia with axe chopping people like meat – blood everywhere – like butcher

This is the Iranian regime, wading into its own unarmed people and axing them to death, bludgeoning women (seen as the greatest threat to the regime) and throwing them to their deaths from pedestrian bridges. The same Iranian regime whose embassy officials are invited to American embassies around the world to celebrate on July 4th, of all things, a successful revolution.

that’s the last straw: No soup for you!

and hotair also notes a shift in tone:

Yesterday’s left-wing conventional wisdom: We can’t jeopardize diplomacy by taking a meaningless moral stand! Today’s left-wing conventional wisdom: Obama has taken a bold moral stand against regime abuses!

The times they are a changin.

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  2. uspace says:

    Great post, it should be put it in rotation in

    Effin evil, GDamn monkeys, barbaric savages, but BHO doesn’t want to pass much judgment. Cowardly Leftist.


    absurd thought –
    your Supreme God says
    MAD mullahs MUST be in charge

    beating students and children
    and freaking over tweets

    absurd thought –
    God of the Universe says

    because you hate dictators
    and don’t blame America

    absurd thought –
    God of the Universe says
    advocate for appeasement

    dictators don’t respect force
    but they like tea and cookies

    absurd thought –
    your Supreme God

    it will just educate
    way too many sheeple
    All real freedom starts with freedom of speech. Without freedom of speech there can be no real freedom.
    Philosophy of Liberty Cartoon

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