Remembering Another Horrible Massacreby Doug Mataconis
There is no point in engaging in comparisons. Today’s tragedy at Virginia Tech will make it’s own mark on history (although I can’t help but wonder what the future might have been like if those 32 innocent people had not been murdered today).
Nonetheless, today is also Israel’s official acknowledgment of an act that will live in infamy as long as the human race exists:
JERUSALEM — Sirens sounded across Israel on Monday morning, bringing life to a standstill as millions of Israelis observed a moment of silence to honor the memory of the victims of the Holocaust.
The two-minute siren at 10 a.m. is an annual tradition marking Israel’s Holocaust remembrance day, which began Sunday evening and ends at sundown Monday. Pedestrians froze in their tracks, buses stopped on busy streets, and cars on major highways pulled over as the country paused to pay respect to the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis.
Yes, there have been other genocides in human history worth remembering. But there is something especially brutal, methodical, even scientific, about the Nazi’s attempted extermination of every Jew in Europe that deserves special contempt.