In a recent op-ed piece in the L.A. Times, Ayaan Hirsi Ali ( a muslim raised, Somali immigrant, who has been very outspoken against radical islamics) talked about how muslims are never taught that the Holocaust ever occurred. I was shocked to hear this, because I always thought they knew it occurred, but decided to pretend it did not, for their own agendas. Ali says:
ONE DAY IN 1994, when I was living in Ede, a small town in Holland, I got a visit from my half-sister. She and I were both immigrants from Somalia and had both applied for asylum in Holland. I was granted it; she was denied. The fact that I got asylum gave me the opportunity to study. My half-sister couldn’t.
In order for me to be admitted to the university I wanted to attend, I needed to pass three courses: a language course, a civics course and a history course. It was in the preparatory history course that I, for the first time, heard of the Holocaust. I was 24 years old at that time, and my half-sister was 21.
Not surprisingly, she was horrified when she learned about all the gory details of the trauma and death the Jews experienced in the Holocaust. Also horrifying was her sister’s response when Ali brought it up with her:
With great conviction, my half-sister cried: “It’s a lie! Jews have a way of blinding people. They were not killed, gassed or massacred. But I pray to Allah that one day all the Jews in the world will be destroyed.”
Ali says that growing up, all the adults in her life (parent, teachers, etc.) constantly talked about how Jews were evil:
Jews were said to be responsible for the deaths of babies and for epidemics such as AIDS, and they were believed to be the cause of wars. They were greedy and would do absolutely anything to kill us Muslims. If we ever wanted to know peace and stability, and if we didn’t want to be wiped out, we would have to destroy the Jews. For those of us who were not in a position to take up arms against them, it was enough for us to cup our hands, raise our eyes heavenward and pray to Allah to destroy them.
With this kind of conviction, there will be no “talking” to these people. Ali describes it as being “spoon-fed a constant diet” of hate, that Jews need to be wiped from the face of the Earth. We need to realize that these haters have a similar conviction of hate towards Americans. Its been all they’ve known for their entire lives:
Western leaders today who say they are shocked by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s conference this week denying the Holocaust need to wake up to that reality. For the majority of Muslims in the world, the Holocaust is not a major historical event that they deny. We simply do not know it ever happened because we were never informed of it.
Making sure everyone is taught about the Holocaust ensures that no human will ever forget what happens when you appease a dictator whose hate is spawned from culture, race, religion. That kind of rage is never appeased.