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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-01-10

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4 Friday, January 10, 1986



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VOL. D000/111, NO. 20

Dealing With Libya

Why must Israel be the policeman of the world in combatting
terrorism? That's a question being asked more and more in Jerusalem
these days, but not enough in the capitals of other countries. In a way, of
course, it's a compliment: if there is Arab terror somewhere, Israel can be
counted on to respond, quickly and forcefully. Indeed, her policy has
always been to respond to terrorist acts by striking back and letting
terrorists know that such acts will not go by unpunished. That policy will
not change, but Israel is anxious for other democratic countries to take up
her cause — and their cause — rather than sitting back and allowing
Israel to do all of the "dirty work"
• , •
If there is a long-term solution to state-sponsored terrorism, it can
only be found in state-sponsored economic, diplomatic and, if necessary,
military sanctions. But Israel is no longer the only targot and victim of
Arab terrorism — in the most recent attacks in Rome and Vienna, for
example, one Israeli and five - Americans were killed — and Israel must
not be the only country to respond. Prime Minister Shimon Peres put it
this way in a speech this week to the Knesset "The world is making
supreme efforts to put an end to war," he said. "Countries are making
supreme efforts to put an end to crime within their borders. Terrotism is
a combination of war and crime. It extends across the entire globe, and
the time has come to organize an international effort against it, to put an
end to this ugly and dangerous hybrid.

"Israel," he continued, "will neither rest until it catches up with
, those who harass us, nor will it desist from calling on the_world to launch
a proper international effort in order to free the world Of this terrible and
unnecessary danger."
The U.S. has shown some positive Signs of late, particularly
President Reagan's strong statement Tuesday evening in which he called
Libya a threat to national security and urged the nations of Europe to
join the U.S. in isolating Qaddafi._ This was an important step and gives
the U.S. the moral standing to preach to West Germany, Italy, France
and England to end their greedy relationship with Libya, a relationship ,
based on appeasement. But Europe continues to ignore the growing
threat that Qaddafi poses to the world.
Reagan's statement this week marks a positive change in thinking in
Washington regarding how to deal with Qaddafi. Initially, after the
attacks at the Rome and Vienna airports, the U.S. gave off mixed
messages, first talking tough about military options, then backing off and
discusling economic sanctions. As one Mideast expert in Washington told
us, "This kind of bungling response just makes Qaddafi look good — he
can tell his people he has stood up to the U.S. and made - us back down."
According to this Mideast expert, Qaddafi is no madman. He is a
fundamentalist Moslem revolutionary whose goal is nothing less than
dismantling the nation state system in Africa and the Middle East So he
is as dangerous to his fellow Arabs as he is to Israel, if not more so. "He
has a totally different value system, which we don't understand iso we
call him crazy: But he is far from it," asserted the expert, who warns that
America has dangerously underestimated Qaddafi. Now, by removing the
1,500 American technical experts in Libya, upon whom Qaddafi relies for
his oil production expertise, President Reagan will have taken a major
step forward in responding to the shrewd "madness" of Muammar
Qaddafi. Let us see if the nations of Europe can overcome their
combination of greed and passivity and take similar steps to voice their
rejection of one of the world's most dangerous men.




Special to The Jewish News

There is a disturbing trend of
using the Nazi Holocaust, an unparal-
leled event in the history of mankind,
and lumping it together with other un-
related events. Cardinal John J.
O'Connor of New York considers abor-
tion "another holocaust." Cardinal
John Krol went many steps farther
when addressing 10,000 Jewish
Holocaust survivors gathered in
Philadelphia in April 1985 to mark the
40th anniversary of liberation from
the Nazi death camps. Cardinal Krol
Stated that the Nazi Holocaust was
only a plat of a string of holocausts ;
starting with the massacre Of Arme-
nians by the TurkE3in 1915, the Gulags
in the Soviet Union and culminating
in the "murder of millions Of unborn"
by abortion.
These comparisons are linfortu-.
nat,e and absurd. There is no analogy
to the enormous ,evil, the organized
slaughter of European Jews by the
Nazis and their willing collaborators.
One does not wish to enter into a
dispute with cardinals, only to, wonder
aloud: Where were the cardinals of
Rome while six million Jews were
being exterminated in the heart of
Europe, in broad daylight, on the soil
of devoutly Catholic- Poland? Thirty
million Polish Christians watched
with indifference, many of them with-
delight, at seeing the "Christ-killers"
finally. eliminated. The silence of the -
Holy Church was devastating- and
must hive been interpreted in Poland
and elsewhere as encourageinent for
this stand. The Vatican was not that
far from Auschwitz not to have heard
the deafening cries of the victims con-
sumed by gas and fire.
The Holocaust was a unique event
with implications for the Christian
world because of its historical tradi-
tion of anti-Semitism which led to the
Final Solution, Some Christian lead-
ers and writers have, therefore, tried
to universalize the Holocaust by "prov-



ing" that Jews were not the only vic-
tims and thus they hope to diminish or
completely erase the burden of guilt
initially felt by the outside world. is a
result, we now confront a tragic irony
— requests to join in memorializing
the "Armenian holocaust," the "Polish
holocaust", and the "Ukrainian
Ukrainian holocaust? Does this
refer to the Chmielnicki pogroms
against the Jewish communities in the
Ukraine and Poland in 1648-1649? Of
course not. Or was it the Babi. Yar
massacre of nearly 100,000 Jewish*


Some Christians have
tried to universalize- the
Holocaust . and thus
diminish or completely
erase the burden of guilt.

men, women and children of the Uk-
rainian city of Kiev? No, not one Uk-
rainian Christian js buried at Babi
Yar. Of course Ukrainians were killed
by the Nazis — on the battlefield when
the Germans invaded the Soviet
Union in June 1941. The Ukrainians -
wore Soviet uniforms. Many of those
who surrendere o
changed allegiance, donn
S un-
iforms and becaMe our executioners in
the ghettos and camps.
This attempt at historical re- .
visionism and of distorting the
Holocaust is an ongoing process/ It
robs the Holocaust of its moral signifi-
cance; it is a betrayal of the sacred
memory of those who perished in the
gas chambers, a profanation of the de-
stroyed Jewish communities and their
cultural values. -
One despairs to see some Jewish'
leaders join this obscene process of di-

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