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ignored the fact that, Abbas' sup-
posed good intentions notwithstand-
ing, it isn't clear that there actually is
a pro-peace faction within the P.A. to
fight such a war.
Tears At Auschwitz
Next, consider the use of history by
In the most recent instance, we had
President George W. Bush making a pil-
grimage to Auschwitz during his current
trip to Europe and the Middle East.
Everything that Bush said and did
there was appropriate. But I have some
questions for the president: Do you
really understand that it was the
inability of the Jews to defend them-
selves and the unwillingness of the
non-Jewish world to stop their murder
that made Auschwitz possible? More
to the point, will you conduct yourself
so as to make a repetition of this mass
slaughter of Jews impossible?
Ironically, the site of the G-8
European summit that Bush attended
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Does President Bush
what made Auschwitz
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was Evian, France, where 65 years ago
the Western powers gathered to ponder
what to do about the problem of Jewish
refugees from Hitler. Their answer was
nothing and this event helped set the
stage for the loss of 6 million innocents.
Bush was, of course, on his way to
Egypt and then Jordan where he
hoped to•implement his road map for
Middle East peace
I was troubled by his published
assertion that Israel's prime minister
owed" him concessions at the peace
table. Israel may choose to make con-
cessions that it believes are in its inter-
ests. But if it must pay in Jewish blood
for the political debts that Bush owes
Britain or various Arab countries, then
his trip to Auschwitz will turn out to
have been mere tourism.
The president deserves the benefit of
the doubt but, if he is following in the
footsteps of the last Evian conference,
then we don't need him to shed any
tears at Auschwitz.
In this case, as in some others, a lit-
tle knowledge of history might be of
no use at all. E
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