27. Jan, 2015

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today, the 27th of January has been designated by the United Nations as the day to remember and contemplate the tragedy of the holocaust committed in Europe against Jews and gypsies and Rumanians and a host of other 'undesireables' during the the period 1939-45. It was truly a time of horror the world would rather forget. It was a crime of humanity associated mainly against the peoples of Jewish origin becuase they comprised by far the highest number of victims. 

In today's world many of us either mistakenly or wilfully confuse Holococaust Day with the reality of the Middle East and the tragedy of the West Bank. There can be no doubt that all participants in this ongoing tragedy are both victims and violators. But it behoves us to remember that Israel, the only functioning democracy in that unhappy region, has been since its inception in 1948, surrounded by enemies avowed to annhilate every Jew and every trace of their state from the earth.

Perhaps if we were living in such an environment we too would be a little more robust in our foreign policy and matters of defence?

Irrespective. It is a day to contemplate with great sadness what has happened. It is time to remember that it is still happening becuase of the ineptitude of the United Nations and that we, as God-fearing people, should continually strive to prevent it happening again.  

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Comments

Sam Cannon

27.01.2015 06:43

If the Palestinians lay down their weapons there would be peace, if Israel did so it would be wiped out.

Mordechai

28.01.2015 02:50

Sam, a sad but prescient point well made here. This is why we need Peace Keepers. I would rather see Australians involved in such a moral cause.

Mordechai

27.01.2015 06:16

Quite right Bill. We must get this message across to them - exclusivity in any religion is sad and asks for trouble. We must engage with moderates.

Bill Cebula

27.01.2015 05:19

Their religion exclusively for them seems to peeve off people

Bill Cebula

27.01.2015 05:17

I am a great admirer of the Jews , culture etc but Jesus as a devout Jews said spread my message and love to ALL nations. The poor jews are "exclusive"

Latest comments

08.11 | 06:21

The Australian community is in for a world of long overdue pain. It is wholly its own fault for which I have nil sympathy.

08.11 | 06:15

Thanks indeed for the comment. I do agree that we badly need to 'clean out the swamp'. Trump certainly stirred those fetid waters.

08.11 | 05:22

I agree with the general thrust of your comments but the Australian community believes the governments can deliver without pain and there will be a lot of pain up ahead.

07.11 | 11:17

Nice job on the essay John, but regardless of his positions, Dutton is too much a cretin of the past, he also looks like the walking dead. We don't need more career politicians, we need a Trump.

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