The Rittenhouse Review

A Philadelphia Journal of Politics, Finance, Ethics, and Culture

Monday, April 15, 2002  


InstaPundit has "a correspondent" at today's pro-Israel, pro-Sharon, pro-war rally in Washington, D.C.

According to the unnamed correspondent, a popular sign at the event reads, "Every day is 9/11 in Israel."

The comparison seems rather strained to us.

It's true that Israel has faced a horrible onslaught of attacks on innocent people, particularly during the past several weeks.

But to compare the bombings of busses and discos with a coordinated assault involving the hijacking of four different commercial airliners which then destroyed the World Trade Center, damaged the Pentagon, and crashed into a field in Pennsylvania (ultimate intended destination unknown) is surely grotesque.

For years we have been warned against comparing anything to the Holocaust. Use of the word by non-Jews was considered a disgraceful attempt to co-opt the suffering of the Jews and a shameful strategy aimed at diminishing the "uniqueness" of the Holocaust.

Now we're told that the most tragic moment in post-war American history not only belongs to Israel too, but that Israel has a greater claim on that infamous day.

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