Wednesday, May 6, 2015

What Really Died at Auschwitz?

This blog examines the perspective of Rodriguez presented verbatim below, and counters with an alternate viewpoint for the reader's consideration. 

"European Life Died In Auschwitz"
       By Sebastian Vilar Rodriguez

I walked down the street in Barcelona and suddenly discovered a terrible truth - Europe died in Auschwitz ... We killed six million Jews and replaced them with 20 million Muslims.  In Auschwitz we burned a culture, thought, creativity, talent. We destroyed the chosen people, truly chosen, because they produced great and wonderful people who changed the world.

The contribution of this people is felt in all areas of life: science, art, international trade, and above all, as the conscience of the world. These are the people we burned.

And under the pretense of tolerance, and because we wanted to prove to ourselves that we were cured of the disease of racism, we opened our gates to 20 million Muslims, who brought us stupidity, ignorance, religious extremism and lack of tolerance, crime and poverty, due to an unwillingness to work and support their families with pride.

They have blown up our trains and turned our beautiful Spanish cities into the third world, drowning in filth and crime.  Shut up in the apartments they receive free from the government, they plan the murder and destruction of their naive hosts.

And thus, in our misery, we have exchanged culture for fanatical hatred, creative skill for destructive skill, intelligence for backwardness and superstition. We have exchanged the pursuit of peace of the Jews of Europe and their talent for a better future for their children, their determined clinging to life because life is holy, for those who pursue death, for people consumed by the desire for death for themselves and others, for our children and theirs.

What a terrible mistake was made by a miserable Europe!

A lot of Americans have become so insulated from reality that they imagine America can suffer defeat without any inconvenience to themselves. Recently, the UK debated whether to remove The Holocaust from its school curriculum because it 'offends' the Muslim population which claims it never occurred. It is not removed as yet. However, this is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world and how easily each country is giving in to it.

It is now more than sixty years after the Second World War in Europe ended. This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of the six million Jews, twenty million Russians, ten million Christians, and nineteen-hundred Catholic priests who were 'murdered, raped, burned, starved, beaten, experimented on and humiliated.'  Now, more than ever, with Iran, among others, claiming the Holocaust to be 'a myth,' it is imperative to make sure the world never forgets."


Thinking about the above, I perceive more fundamental issues underlying some of these observations :

1. Yes - never forget the holocaust. It most definitely happened. We must remember it as an object lesson of what happens when blinkered ideology is allowed to take root, while scapegoating minorities to divert the masses from the real issues at hand and from what is taking place under their very noses - in the case of German National Socialism, the very destruction of democracy itself and the seizing of power by a small elite. We also need to be mindful here of the very willing role played by the catholic church in the holocaust itself and the cooperation given by the pope to the Nazis. This is a matter of historic record. "We" killed 6m Jews, aided and abetted by the Christian church - who , it will be realised, always had an axe to grind with world Jewry, from the foundation of the creation of Christendom and their collective "role" in the supposed crucifixion of the Christ, and denial of the "messiah".

2. It's probably over-simplistic to single out the Muslims (or any particular religious sect/cult/whatever) as the cause of the woes of the world. Yes - their beliefs are bizarre and they are dangerous. There are some frighteningly backward tenets contained in the Koran, and certainly I would not want a Muslim theocracy taking root anywhere I am remotely close to, or influenced by. However, a closer reading of history reveals that were it not for the Arabic people circa 325 A.D and shortly thereafter, the vast majority of the great philosophical writings and poetry of the Greeks, early Romans, Persian, Sufi etc. would have been destroyed by the new emerging movement which was state-sponsored and which was known as "Christianity". This syncretistic movement borrowed much of its thinking from religions that preceded it, and adopted a stance of intolerance to any school of thought which contradicted its dogma, including torturing and killing its proponents. 

3. It can be noted that at this time, the Arab culture (and I purposely do not use the word "Muslim") had many extremely intelligent and enlightened thinkers, so one might wonder what happened between then and now. The answer is simple : religious fundamentalism - which is where we can now start using the word "Muslim", since the adoption of widespread religion across the region became synonymous with statehood. A narrow superstitious worldview was adopted and minds were enslaved under a cloak of rules and dogma. Dissenters were tortured and killed. As an aside, one might also remember that other "great" period where the (Christian) church ran the state - known as the dark ages. Presumably this does not need to be amplified, but the underlying principles are exactly the same, as is the mode of operation. One might suggest that the Muslim dark ages might now be underway?

4. I think censorship of any historical fact is wrong and should be guarded against. We do not want to be so quick to appease the modern striving for political correctness and unwillingness to "offend", that we sweep history under the carpet. On the contrary, history - warts and all should be valued as the means by which we learn from the positive and the negative, as a means to guide our thinking and actions going forward. And xenophobia in any of its forms, is dangerous and ill-advised. I do not begrudge anyone a place to live - as long as they do not think that they have a right to impose their narrow and superstitious worldview on either myself, or society at large.

5. However, given the tendency of the religious fundamentalist to want to impose their will on broader society, this of course is where the contention arises today - and it's not only the Muslims we are talking about. There have to be boundaries which are observed and respected so that those who choose to live their lives according to a particular belief system are able to do so, while not imposing on those who do not adhere to the particular belief. In the interests of broader society, it is also a good idea to practice clear separation of church and state. This is called "freedom of thought and association" - and the human race seems to be a long way from achieving this ideal.

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