"Every War with Fascism is Our Business"

(Chrenkoff-Australia) Marek Edelman - Marek Edelman is the last surviving military leader of the Jewish uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1943. He recently spoke to Polish television TVN24, and the interview was republished in the Polish weekly Przekroj. Q: There are people who say the war in Iraq is not our business. Edelman: And whose business is it? Every war with fascism is our business. In 1939 there were also many people who said that the war in Poland was not their war, and what happened? If only we'd intervened militarily after Hitler re-entered Rhineland we probably would not have had the war and the Holocaust. Q: Many people don't understand why the Americans have to go to the other side of the world and fight over Iraq now. Edelman: And why did they go to Europe then? Who defeated Hitler and saved Europe from fascism? The French? No, the Americans did....If we will keep closing our eyes to evil, then that evil will defeat us tomorrow. Q: But the Spanish withdrew their troops from Iraq after the terrorist attack in Madrid. Edelman: So what? Do you seriously think that it will save them from further attacks? No. The weak just get punched in the head. Pacifism lost a long time ago....Those who say that you don't have to fight for freedom, don't understand what fascism is. I do.

2004-06-04 00:00:00

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