"Someone who does not know the difference between good and
evil is worth nothing." -- Miecyslaw Kasprzyk, Polish rescuer
of Jews during the Holocaust, New York Times, Jan. 30, 2005
It took a Polish rescuer of Jews in the Holocaust, cited this
week 60 years after the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration
and death camp, to best describe those people who cannot or refuse
to know the difference between good and evil. They are "worth
Since I was an adolescent, I have been preoccupied with evil:
specifically, why people engage in it and why other people refuse
to acknowledge its existence. As I have gotten older, I often find
the latter group more infuriating. Somehow, as much as I don't want
to, I can understand why a Muslim raised in a world permeated with
hate-filled lies about America and Israel, and taught from childhood
that God loves death, will blow himself up and joyfully maim and
murder children. As evil as the Muslim terrorist is, given the Islamic
world in which he was raised, he has some excuse.
But the non-Muslims who fail to acknowledge and confront the evil
of Muslim terror and the evil of those monsters who cut innocent
people's throats and murder those trying to make a democracy --
these people are truly worth nothing. Unlike the Muslims raised
in a religious totalitarian society, they have no excuse. And in
my lifetime, these people have overwhelmingly congregated on the
Since the 1960s, with few exceptions, on the greatest questions
of good and evil, the Left has either been neutral toward or actively
supported evil. The Left could not identify communism as evil; has
been neutral toward or actually supported the anti-democratic pro-terrorist
Palestinians against the liberal democracy called Israel; and has
found it impossible to support the war for democracy and against
an Arab/Muslim enemy in Iraq as evil as any fascist the Left ever
claimed to hate.
There were intellectually and morally honest arguments against
going to war in Iraq. But once the war began, a moral person could
not oppose it. No moral person could hope for, let alone act on
behalf of, a victory for the Arab/Islamic fascists. Just ask yourself
but two questions: If America wins, will there be an increase or
decrease in goodness in Iraq and in the world? And then ask what
would happen if the Al Qaeda/Zarqawi/Baathists win.
It brings me no pleasure to describe opponents of the Iraqi war
as "worth nothing." I know otherwise fine, decent people
who oppose the war. So I sincerely apologize for the insult.
But to the Left in general, as opposed to individually good people
who side with the Left, I have no apologies. It is the Left -- in
America, in Europe and around the world -- that should do all the
apologizing: to the men, women and children of Iraq and elsewhere
for not coming to their support against those who would crush them.
That most Democratic Party leaders, union leaders, gay leaders,
feminists, professors, editorial writers and news reporters have
called for an American withdrawal and labeled this most moral of
wars "immoral" is a permanent stain on their reputations.
About 60 percent of the Iraqi people went to vote despite the
fact that every Iraqi voter risked his or her life and the lives
of their children, whose throats the Islamic fascists threatened
to slit. Yet, the Left continues to label the war for Iraqi democracy
"immoral" while praising the tyrant of Cuba.
Leftists do so for the same reason they admired Ho Chi Minh and
Mao Tse-tung and condemned American arms as the greatest threat
to world peace during and after the Cold War. The Left "does
not know the difference between good and evil." And that is
why it is worth nothing.
©2005 Creators Syndicate, Inc.
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