Thursday, December 27, 2007

Stop Them Before they Kill Again

Democracies never get it quite right, always responding to tyrannies too late. In 1936, Nazi troops crossing into the Rhineland had secret orders to retreat at the slightest sign of resistance; but it was only Hitler’s first land grab so we let it go.


Well, step right up, ladies and gentlemen, for the greatest offer of yours or anyone else’s lifetime. Today—and it is unfortunately a limited time offer—you have the chance to stop genocide before it happens; not before it begins. That ship has already sailed; in fact, it has been chugging along for over 30 years. We can, however, save tens of millions of lives if we act now.

The place: South Asia. The targets: Non-Muslims, primarily Hindus. The perpetrators: an unholy alliance of radical Islamists and Communists. Surprised? Thought the Red Menace died out when the Iron Curtain fell? Not so. Communists remain very active in Asia and have reprised the Hitler-Stalin Pact of 1939 when then, too, seemingly irreconcilable enemies made nice with each other based on their shared opposition to democracy.

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