Why Is the World Okay With Genocide?

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018


On June 3rd, as Israel celebrated her 70th anniversary, Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei once again made his genocidal intentions clear: to annihilate the State of Israel and to eradicate all of her Jewish inhabitants. The response from the international community has been absolutely deafening. When the UN quickly condemns America for moving our embassy to Jerusalem, yet refuses to criticize Khamenei as he prepares to exterminate millions of Jews, how can we, in good conscious, support the UN? How can we provide financial support to an organization that has drifted so astray from its noble mission that it is silent when Jews are threatened with another Holocaust?

For context, this is Khamenei’s tweet:

What we are currently witnessing is a repeat of the 1930s, and, once again, the world is ignoring the plight of the Jewish people. You may be tempted to brush off Khamenei’s tweet as another empty threat, but that is deadly wrong. As witnesses of evil in the past, we have a duty to take these words seriously. We have seen what can happen when we ignore the threats espoused by genocidal leaders.

During the 1930s, the United States and other supposed bastions of liberal democracy refused to believe Hitler when he outlined his plans to annihilate the Jewish people. 80 years later, politicians in America and Europe believe that we should negotiate with the Fourth Reich in Tehran. In 2008, when speaking to the Knesset for Israel’s 60th anniversary, former President George W. Bush shed light on this deluded belief:

“Some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along. We have heard this foolish delusion before. As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, an American senator declared: ‘Lord, if only I could have talked to Hitler, all of this might have been avoided.’ We have an obligation to call this what it is – the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history.”

Jews and Americans have a solemn responsibility to resist the menace in Tehran and to stand up for liberty, justice, and human dignity. The international community’s ridiculous double standards regarding Jews and Israel should serve as a wake-up call: the world does not care about the Jewish people. The world continues to feign compassion for the millions of Jews who died in the Holocaust, while they couldn’t care less about Jews alive today. Their spurious sorrow is offensive and demeaning.

Khamenei’s genocidal plans were laid out on Twitter for all the world to see: The regime will restart its nuclear program, continue expanding its missile arsenal, and, so they say, ultimately destroy Israel.

How can any decent human being be okay with this? If, instead of Jews, Frenchmen or Germans were being threatened with genocide, would the world react differently?

Our government must quit playing games with the enemy and must take swift and decisive action. The Iranian people deserve freedom and self determination in their homeland, and the people of Israel deserve to live in peace, not under the ominous shadow of another Holocaust.

We must make it clear: we stand with the Persian people in their quest for freedom, and we utterly oppose the tyrants in Tehran who have been terrorizing the Iranian people and the world for decades. We must support Iranian freedom fighters and we must push back against Iranian expansion across the Middle East. We must suffocate the regime with crippling sanctions and exert constant economic pressure on their institutions for as long as need be.

Currently, eight major companies are doing business with Iran and, consequently, with the regime. High-profile American corporations like Boeing and General Electric have announced that they will end all business with Iran once U.S. sanctions are reinstated.

Boeing, in particular, expressed its unwillingness to do business with a genocidal regime. During a speech before the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD), U.S. Department of the Treasury Under Secretary Sigal Mandelker noted:

“Also during the period of the JCPOA, Iran used deceptive schemes to illicitly procure aircraft parts from across the world to fuel terrorism, atrocities, and regional instability. As FDD knows and has exposed very well, Iranian commercial airlines play a critical role in ferrying Qods Force operatives, weapons, equipment, and funds to international locations in furtherance of Iranian state-sponsored terror operations.”

Yet, our so-called “allies” in Europe are threatening to implement a “blocking statute” that can prevent European companies from adhering to U.S. sanctions. It sure does appear as if Europe is placing profits over peace and security. With friends like Europe, who needs enemies?


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About Jake Fradkin

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Jake Fradkin is a sophomore at the Hun School in Princeton, NJ (Class of 2020). Jake interests include mathematics, politics, history, tennis, and writing (and his dog Hulio). His writing tends to focus on the Constitution and foreign affairs.

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