The Jerusalem Post today quotes Wim Kortenoeven expressing concern over Israel’s ongoing existence should Iran acquire nuclear weapons. Kortenoeven, described by the Post as “a leading expert on the Middle East” and an official of Holland’s Party of Freedom, is quoted saying the following:
“The Iranian threat to annihilate six million Jews is a moral call to us. It is an Auschwitz in the making. We take this threat seriously. History forces us to do that. It happened before and the West did nothing to stop it.”
He continued, “In the debate, I referred to the ships that were crossing oceans and seas, filled with Jews trying to escape the Nazis, but ending up in Hamburg or being torpedoed in the Black See. The St. Louis and the Struma. Perhaps I also should have referred to the Evian Conference of 1938.
There the free West effectively turned its back on the Jews, making nice statements but offering nothing substantial to save them, and bluntly refusing to go to the hilt in stopping the Nazi menace.
The similarity is very disturbing and very real.”
In other words, Wim Kortenoeven frames the Iranian-Israeli stand-off, metaphorically, in World War II terms.
But what if he’s wrong? What if the Iranian-Israeli stand-off is better framed as akin to the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, with Bibi Netanyahu as General Curtis LeMay and not Winston Churchill? (For those who don’t know, LeMay was one of President Kennedy’s generals at the time of the Cuban missile crisis. He was the lead person clamoring for a massive air strike on Cuba.)
2012 looks to be shaping up as a very, very nervy year. WWII or Cuban missile crisis 2.0?