Remembering Auschwitz: Should Israel Bomb the Syrian Regime's Extermination Camps?
Israel has avoided playing a role in Syria. But a near-genocide is happening on its border. How can we say 'Never Again' this year and do nothing?
Maybe it’s time for Israel to intervene in Syria, and for the United States to take action as well.
Holocaust Remembrance Day—Yom Hashoah—begins Sunday evening. We Jews will remember our six million dead. We will give voice to our anguish at the extermination of one third of our people. We will recall that less than a century ago, Jews were powerless in a dangerous world. And we will express our gratitude that, thanks to the State of Israel, we are no longer helpless and vulnerable, nor forever at the mercy of those who, in every generation, rise up and seek to destroy us.
We will say, as we have in years past, “Never again,” and we will mean it.
Still, this year will be different. The words that we say will be no less valid than before, but we will be unsettled and uneasy as we say them. Our thoughts will turn to Syria, Israel’s northern neighbor. In six years of war, half a million people have perished. And the slaughter continues.
When we started saying “Never again,” it was not intended to apply only to us. It was intended to mean “no more mass slaughters and exterminations.” It was intended to mean “no more gassing of children.” It was intended to assert that no more would the world sit in silence as innocents perished at the hands of maniacs and mass murderers.