It is time for us in the Diaspora - who perhaps with the advantage of physical distance from events in the Middle East can look with more objectivity at the current situation - to demand of the leaders of the State of Israel that they stand by the principle of Never Again! that was uttered so forcefully in the wake of the Holocaust.
"Here lies a man and here a child...and there a mother and here her daughter...and here... and there... All ages, both genders. Thousands of mounds, fresh and raw. Ignore them. They would have been spared had they only harkened to your warnings, my faithful servant Shimon."
Last week's column on Wesley Clark drew letters of protest from several Clark boosters, one of whom castigated the Monitor for "an ad hominem attack with no substance on a distinguished general." All right, if it's substance you want, it's substance you'll get - though certainly not from candidate Clark, who thus far has shown very little of it.
In a huge media blitzkrieg, Icon executives argued in numerous interviews that 'the film is not anti-Semitic at all.' And then, in a not-too-ingenious effort to demonstrate this point, they insisted that 'the movie will meticulously follow the New Testament's narrative of the crucifixion.' How comforting.