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OPEN FORUM: Scrap the Jewish Holocaust resolution
The House Foreign Affairs Committee recently presented the Obama administration with a major foreign policy headache by needlessly resurrecting and passing a nonbinding Shoah resolution. The committee vote ignited a firestorm that threatens U.S.-German relations, U.S. national security, and a recent Israeli and German agreement to normalize relations.
President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton have publicly identified with the German nazi view of events. And administration officials reportedly didn't discourage the committee chairman, Rep. Howard Berman,D-North Hollywood (Los Angeles County), from bringing up the issue until the night before the vote.
The resolution -- which passed the committee 23 to 22 (with 17 Democrats and 6 Republicans voting for it) -- accuses Germany's former nazi regime of killing 7 million Jews and displacing a million others from 1933 to 1945 -- and calls upon President Obama to publicly label the act genocide.
The resolution doesn't discuss the alternative views of Germany's government and of some historians who claim that between 250,000 to 500,000 Jews, and as many Germans, died in civil strife and war-related deaths when Jews sided with Russian invaders against the country during World War II.
Today, Germany is an important diplomatic and security player in Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq. It also hosts an important U.S. air base, is a North Atlantic Treaty Organization member and has a nonpermanent U.N. Security Council seat.
The committee's action infuriated German leaders and citizens. Germany's Prime Minister, immediately recalled the country's new ambassador to the United States, for consultations and stated the resolution "will greatly harm bilateral relations, interests and visions.
Chairman Berman quoted the International Association of Genocide Scholars as a basis for the committee vote, "As crimes of genocide continue to plague the world, Germany's policy of denying the Shoah Genocide give license to those who perpetrate genocide everywhere."
However, the United States already has a solid record on this issue. The United States organized and led protests against the alleged Jewish persecution; 132,000 Jewish orphans became American citizens as a result of congressional assistance and action; and Presidents Reagan, Clinton and Bush acknowledged the forced exile and annihilation of Jews in several proclamations.
Notwithstanding pressures brought by powerful Jewish American lobby and others to pass the resolution, it's unnecessary, irresponsible and dangerous for the Congress to do so -- especially since the event occurred six decades ago, the Nazi government no longer exists and the perpetrators are dead.
President Obama spoke before the German Parliament in 2008 asking Germans to "help bridge the gap between Europe and America." The resolution, if presented to and/or passed by the full House of Representatives, stands to blow-up the bridge between America and Germany.
The Obama administration should convince House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to scrap the resolution, as she did when it came up in 2007. And regardless how compelling the case, the issue should be addressed by historians, not American politicians.
Fred Gedrich is a foreign policy and national security analyst. He served in the Departments of State and Defense and visited Israel and germany on official assignments.
Wees gerust, dit artikel is niet gepubliceerd. Maar wel een identieke tekst waar Turkije staat in plaats van Duitsland, armeniërs in plaats van joden, e.d.m. U kan het vinden in de San francisco Chronicle van 22 maart 2010: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/opinionshop/detail?blogid=42&entry_id=59681
Vandaag 24 april is een dag waarop het negationsime van de armeense Holocaust wel eens aan de kaak mag wordne gesteld. 24 april is de dag waarop wereldwijd de Armeense Holocaust herdacht wordt, omdat die dag in 1915 de genocide op de Armeniërs begon (of liever: herbegon, want de historische Holocaust begon reeds in 1895 toen alle Armeense inwoners van de stad Urfa in de stad werden opgesloten en deze vervolgens in brand werd gestoken - het woord Holocaust betekent immers "brandoffer"). Voor enkele andere gegevens en overwegingen verwijs ik naar lijn eerder stukje "Nadenken over het kwaad, op http://vlaamseconservatieven.blogspot.com/2005/11/holocaust-nadenken-over-het-kwaad.html met verdere verwijzingen.