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November 19, 2013 - 7:07 am

As the second round of negotiations with Iran launches over its nuclear program, the UN secretary-general visited Auschwitz and declared that anti-Semitism still exists — along with “rising discrimination” against “migrants, Muslims, Roma and other minorities.”

Ban Ki-moon visited the Nazi death camp in Poland on his way to Warsaw to attend a UN climate change conference.

“I am truly overwhelmed and humbled. No words can adequately express my feelings. How can a state and individuals be so cruel and use systematic brutality against humanity?” Ban said, noting he’d twice visited Yad Vashem and the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C.

“Yet nothing can truly prepare one for this epicenter of evil, where systematic murder unique in human history reached its atrocious climax,” Ban continued. “I stare at the piles of glasses, hair, shoes, prayer shawls and dolls, and try to imagine the individual Jews and others to whom they belonged. I stand in disbelief before the gas chambers and crematorium — and shudder at at the cruelty of those who designed this death factory.”

The secretary-general noted that “decades later, it remains almost impossible to come to terms with the nature and scale of this genocidal crime.”

“Millions of others – including Poles, Sinti, Roma, Soviet prisoners of war, the disabled and mentally ill, dissidents and homosexuals — were exterminated in similarly barbarous circumstances,” said Ban. “In the years since, the flames of hatred and persecution have risen again to consume other societies – from the killing fields of Cambodia to the forests of Srebrenica and to the hills of Rwanda. Even today, the fire smoulders. Anti-Semitism retains its hold in too many places. In Europe and elsewhere, migrants, Muslims, Roma and other minorities face rising discrimination — and find too few defenders.”

“The world must never forget, deny or downplay the Holocaust. We must remain ever on our guard. And we must do more, far more, to promote equality and fundamental freedoms,” he concluded. “Every day, around the world, the United Nations strives to fulfill its cardinal mission of preventing any other such descent into darkness.”

After Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s visit to the UN General Assembly and media blitz in September, many were claiming that he’d reversed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s position of Holocaust denial. In fact, Rouhani did no such thing, saying he’s “not a historian” and it should be up for discussion and debate.

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Exactly - what do Muslims have to do with the Holocaust? Most would think it didn't go far enough. The Sec General is either an ignorant fool or practicing taqiyya...and I don't think he's ignorant.
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I read just the other day that the Anne Frank museum has essentially scrubbed away her Jewish identity, and that the museum is a strong supporter of the Palestinians. If that can happen, imagine what political correctness can do to Auschwitz. Give it another 20 years and the main narrative there will be a condemnation of the excessive carbon footprint of the Nazi's death camps.

And I only wish I was kidding.
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How about addressing the anti-Semitism of the Muslims.
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"claiming that he’d reserved Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s position of Holocaust denial."
SpellCheck error. 'reversed' not 'reserved'
36 weeks ago
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I read just the other day that the Anne Frank museum has essentially scrubbed away her Jewish identity, and that the museum is a strong supporter of the Palestinians. If that can happen, imagine what political correctness can do to Auschwitz. Give it another 20 years and the main narrative there will be a condemnation of the excessive carbon footprint of the Nazi's death camps.

And I only wish I was kidding.
36 weeks ago
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How about addressing the anti-Semitism of the Muslims.
36 weeks ago
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Exactly - what do Muslims have to do with the Holocaust? Most would think it didn't go far enough. The Sec General is either an ignorant fool or practicing taqiyya...and I don't think he's ignorant.
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Right on. The fact is there were Muslims in the German army who helped put Jews in these camps. The Mufti of Jerusalem was very anti semitic and a great fan of Hitler.
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I was getting that familiar headache that I always get from suppressing tears as I read the first part of Ban's remarks. Then he reverted to form and a different emotion overcame me.
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...and as we gather beneath this historic portal, let us reflect how, indeed, 'arbeit macht frei' -- but let us also take a moment to recall with sorrow all the work-related accidents that happened here...As Saint Fawlty reminds us, don't mention the war and never say German. Lunch anyone?
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Good one. You got me to thinking of other tangents Ban might have taken. Unfortunately, the one that sprang to mind is just too horrible to print, even as a ghoulish re-imagining of Ban's interpretation of Auschwitz. Lord, the unthinkable thoughts these people engender.
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Every day, it fails.
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