January 17, 2013 | 3:03 pm
Posted by Ariel Blumenthal
On April 11th, 1945 the US army liberated the Nazi concentration camp of Buchenwald. After forcing the German residents of nearby Weimer to witness the fresh Nazi atrocities in person, General Eisenhower withdrew his forces from the camp: In accordance with the Yalta agreement, the area was designated part of the Soviet occupation. Stalin immediately put the camp back to work, this time as Special Camp No. 2 of the NKVD. Death continued to reign there: over 7,000 prisoners perished in the Soviet Special Camp between 1945-1950.
There’s a clear thread between the militaristic insanity of WWI, the Fascism and Nazism of WWII, Stalin’s murderous Bolshevism, and the likes of Mokhtar Belmokhtar, yet another Islamist fanatic, popping up this time at a gas field in Eastern Algiers.
Is there any hope for human kind? The 20th century was dominated by hallucinatory ideologies that in the eyes of their believers were above the law, above moralities, and even above basic civilized human behavior. There were enough followers every time; Enough weapons every time, and tens of millions of dead - every single time. All in vain. A human defect.
History aside - what have we got today? Sharia-crazed Islamists who show no respect and would grant no rights to anything and anyone but Allah; A Chinese empire that shows no regret or mercy as it systematically annihilates the Tibetan culture for the sake of territory, and subdues over a billion people to tyranical rule; A degenerate, corrupt Russian leadership with clear preference of narrow interests over basic moralities (see: Syria); And of course Syria itself, where sectarian Shia-Sunni violence goes medieval right in front of the digital media readers’ eyes. And I can go on and on.
Anti-American Americans, this is for you: Look around us and tell me what had fundamentally changed with this sad species? Who’s a better alternative to American dominance? Even Bush+Cheney were better than what this humanity produces on a regular basis, if not for anything else, for the fact that the system they operated within is built to allow for any leader's eventual replacement. Don’t let the 5 minutes of relative peace and human dignity we’ve been experiencing since the 90’s to mislead you: On an historical scale, this is nothing but an abnormality.
Cultural relativism, ladies and gentlemen, will not bring us to a better world. Between the massacres in Syria, the Islamist coockoos lining up for paradise, the occasional Shia-Sunni / Muslim-Hindu out of control violence, and the outrageous hypocrisy or outright insanity of people with too much power and/or weapon in North Korea, Iran, Western Africa, Russia, China etc - this is, unfortunately, pretty clear. It should have been clear on September 1st, 1939, when Hitler’s Blitz Krieg made a fool of Neville Chamberlain, British Prime Minister and representative of the Democratic world. And Hitler is clearly not the last bully.
Western-style Democracy is where civilization began learning that war is a ridiculous prospect, Where human dignity, freedom and justice had finally stemmed after centuries of abuse. Where Germany and Japan, two nations that brought endless destruction, bloodshed and misery upon human kind; The poster-boys of human idiocy, wondrously became two leading, productive members of the international community, (while the Soviet occupation of Eastern Europe ammounted to nothing but a great big Gulag.) Yes, it’s the ideology, stupid. There’s nothing better than Western Democracy at the moment, and if you find something that is - please call me right away, day or night.
There should be a clear, uneroded distinction between good and bad, one that keeps a proportional, contextual look at current reality as well as at history, all the more so within the civilization that had managed to reach moral peaks. This pioneering civilization ending up hating itself and losing, as a result, all of its achievements to cultures that are not there yet, would be so ironic, that there should be a new word invented just for that.
The answer, therfore, to the delusional brutes the likes of Belmokhtar, should be as clear and decisive as the one handed out to Hitler, Mussolini and Hirohito post the Chamberlain farce: No made-up grievances will be accommodated, there’s nothing to talk about. Grow up and learn what civilized humanity should be. Until than - you’re OUT.
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