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  1. Gentile
    Apr 12 - 3:22 pm

    Thank you. Shalom

  2. AvidReader
    Apr 12 - 4:36 pm

    While I find this entry introduces a fairly enlightening comparison, I can’t help but draw mixed messages between this piece and your prior article regarding eugenics.

    “Throughout history in fact, there seems to be a nasty tendency amongst victimized groups to react to their newfound liberation not with grace and humility, but rather with oppression, hostility, and often brutality.”

    I agree with your argument that Operation Vula is an overfeared conspiracy theory; however, you are too swift to brush aside the recent assassination of Eugene Terre’Blanche. As the founder of the Afrikaner Resistance Movement, Mr. Terre’Blanche (and believe me…I shudder at even offering this man the respect of “Mr.”) is viewed as the head of a body politic; therefore, why shouldn’t the whites live in fear. The victimized blacks have endured and, as you mentioned, now march to the tune of Julius Malema’s “Shoot the Boer, shoot the boer!” (as heard outside the trial of the two men accused of killing Terre’Blanche). While I never condoned the racist rhetoric of Mr. Terre’Blanche and always dreamt of an end to apartheid, I fear my beliefs will be trumped by the color of my skin and the raw emotion of a divided nation.

    Although my experience is limited to South Africa, I fear the same might be true in Israel. Rather than pay peaceful tribute to those affected by the Holocaust, Mr. Netanyahu has exhibited yet another knee-jerk reaction to a history littered with discrimination and persecution. Although I view Bibi’s speech as a result of political pressure from his hawkish constituency hoping to further alienate Palestinians, I fear that it is all too widely accepted (and therefore I commend you for drawing attention to the real focus of Yom Hashoah).

    I can only help but draw one, basic conclusion that is far from simple: that line which divides a state from learning from its past and repeating it is very thin, and often blurred.

    Feel free to respond if you choose and keep up the insightful work, Sam.

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