There’s been quite the hullabaloo over the comments of one Governor Mike Huckabee relating to the Iranian deal and the threat to Israel. Gov. Huckabee, who’s also a 2016 presidential candidate, alluded to this deal placing the Jewish nation on the same path of the Holocaust. Now it seems he’s being chastised by certain Jewish groups for this reference. And what I found laughably hypocritical were the comments of modern-day Chamberlain, President Barack Obama.
But what I find rather perplexing is a simple question: who gets to determine what can be stated about history?
Just this weekend, I watched the movie “Schindler’s List,” and it was a necessary reminder of man’s savage barbarism. It reaffirmed the meaning of two words: never again. And, as I watched the movie, I was reminded of the Iranian declaration that the Holocaust was a hoax. I remembered how in Europe, namely England, militant Islamic groups are complaining about any references to the Holocaust. And now we have the assaults and vitriolic attacks against Gov. Huckabee — heck, some may even go apoplectic about this post because I dared type the word “Holocaust.” It makes me wonder, why do we have a Holocaust museum or Yad Vashem in Jerusalem? Do we not believe that if we fail to learn from history, it can repeat itself?
A poignant and powerful advertisement by the Knights of Columbus tells us why we must not revise, deny or censor history. The commercial refers to the history of Mosul, Iraq — a city that, for the first time in 2,000 years, doesn’t have a single Christian living there. The simple message of that commercial is quite telling. We’ve sat back and allowed the religious purging of an entire city and region, and we’ve dared say anything — certainly we’ve done nothing. There’s a symbol ISIS has used to declare a Christian home — the symbol means “Nazarene.” It’s a telling reminder of the star Jewish people had to wear and the castigation of “Juden.” But what’s most telling about the religious purging happening in the Middle East, namely by ISIS, is that history is indeed repeating itself.
It was in 1913 when the Muslim Ottoman Turks initiated their genocide of the Assyrian Christians, a historic religious community that predates Islam and Muslims. I can almost bet that if you were to do a man-on-the-street inquiry, hardly anyone in America would know about this horrific event. I do, because I’m a student of history and have several Assyrian friends here in America and have met many Assyrians while in northern Iraq, Kurdistan. And it was in 1915 that the Ottoman Turks began their endeavor to exterminate the Armenians by way of genocide. We wrote a piece about that here on this website, as the 100-year anniversary of that event was not even recognized by President Barack Obama. I believe he dispatched the Treasury Secretary Jack Lew.
See, when we dismiss acts of evil in history and relent from remembering their heinous nature — or we selectively choose what can and what cannot be said about those events — we allow those events to repeat themselves.
What’s so offensive about Gov. Huckabee’s comments in the context of Iran’s threats? In the black community, folks go nutty if one ever says the word “slavery” or refers to that period — unless you’re talking about reparations. The censoring of any reference to that episode of American history has resulted in a black community that’s now relegated to a different form of slavery — economic in nature, resulting in abject dependency. As well, consider that during slavery, two to three million blacks lost their lives — and, sadly, since Roe v Wade in 1973, nearly 16 million black babies have lost their lives. And one has to ponder how many body parts of black babies have been nefariously bartered by Planned Parenthood?
Am I not supposed to talk of these things? Who’s the one determining what about history can and cannot be stated. We’re witnessing the liberal progressive left seeking to eradicate the memory of the American Civil War — why?
Never again has to mean something; if not, then Christians are once again subject to genocide by Muslims, just as they were 100 years ago.
Never again has to mean something; if not, then the Jewish people and the State of Israel could be subject to a second Holocaust.
We can’t cow in fear to the people who believe they’re the arbiters of what can and can’t be said about history. I asked a few of my Jewish friends if they were offended by Gov. Huckabee’s comment, and only one said yes, he should’ve found a different way to convey the same message. There’s only one way to convey truth, fact, history. Unfortunately, it seems there is now “nuance” and restrictions on what can be said about historical events — doggone, the Supreme Court of Oklahoma decided the Ten Commandments had no basis in history.
Ladies and Gents, it was Sir Edmund Burke who stated, “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” I believe, based upon the reaction to Gov. Huckabee’s comment, “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for the gods of selective determination of history and political correctness to prevail.”
Just remember, there are NO Christians in Mosul, Iraq. Perhaps you do not care, and perhaps that’s because we’re no longer good men, and we are doing nothing.