Tuesday, April 09, 2002

If the reports are true, Jenin is shaping up to be one of the first great massacres of the twenty-first century and may even turn out to be one of the all-time greats, particularly if Colin Powell can continue heading for Jerusalem at his unbelievably slow rate of speed ('Jenin' may even become synonymous for massacre, just as other massacre sites have). Some people have pointed out that it is unwise to compare Sharon and the Israelis to Hitler and the Nazis, partly because this sets the standard of evil too high, and allows Sharon too much latitude to do evil under the high Nazi bar. It seems to me that Hitler was a rank amateur compared to Sharon. Do you think Hitler would have been capable of what Sharon has been able to accomplish in only one year? Of course not. It took Hitler years to work his way up to the Holocaust. If Sharon can keep at it for even a few more years he will no doubt be seen as one of the great monsters of history.