Europe’s Shame

The great writer Oriana Fallaci has a piece
which comdemns the wave of anti-Semitism sweeping Europe
. Originally from
the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, this piece is not to be missed.
A sample:

I find it shameful and see in all this the rise of a new fascism, a
new nazism. A fascism, a nazism, that much more grim and revolting because it is
conducted and nourished by those who hypocritically pose as do-gooders,
progressives, communists, pacifists, Catholics or rather Christians, and who have
the gall to label a warmonger anyone like me who screams the truth.

The truth of that statement is undeniable. The lack of condemnation towards the
Palestinian suicide bombers is really maddening to me – especially from people
who know better. The Europeans have experienced this kind of madness before. The
fact that they seem to have not learned from their dark past is hard to imagine.
The fact that many Eurocrats seem perfectly willing to allow Israel to be
slaughtered makes me wonder if they’re even fit to be in power. At least those
people who have stood against these waves of anti-Semitic violence in Europe
have some measure of backbone.

I can only hope that President Bush will find the courage to speak in such
plain and resonant terms as Oriana Fallaci and condemn Arafat as the terorist
and traitor to his people that he is. We must learn the lessons that the last
fifty years have taught us: unless we stand up against tyranny, the lives of
millions may be needlessly lost.