Thursday, January 27, 2005
Speaker For The Dead
Today is the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp. World leaders, including Vice President Richard B. "Big Time" Cheney, gathered at the sight where some 1.5 million people were liquidated by Hitler's Death Machine.
I have never been to Poland, much less to Auschwitz. When I lived in the former West Germany, the Iron Curtain separated me from such travels. My mother, wise as she is, took my family to another lesser known, but still haunting camp called Dachau.
It is said there is a special spirit in places where many people have died in a violent way. It was that way when I saw the ovens at Dachau. I saw them as a boy of 11, the memory of what happened there is still very palpable in my mind. Places like Dachau and Auschwitz stand as eternal monuments to man's inhumanity to man.
Yes, dear reader, there is evil in the world. It cannot be appeased. It cannot be satisfied. It cannot be tolerated. As a force it is bent on the destruction of all the civilized world holds to be true and sacred. Evil cannot exist harmoniously with others. You can't make friends with it. You can't sign non-aggression treaties with it. Even if temporarily distracted by an easier target, evil will always seek to destroy you.
Evil must be opposed. That is the lesson taught by the silent barracks and ovens of Dachau and Auschwitz. Listen to the voices of those who can no longer speak for themselves. Let's make sure the adage "Never Again" becomes reality rather than a catch phrase.
Here endeth the lesson.