AFTER the Holocaust more than 60 years ago, people asked how could we let it happen, how could the world's nations remain silent?
They also promised to never again be bystanders when others were attacked because of prejudice and blind hatred.
Well, the "never again" is happening right now. Who would have imagined that in 2008 similar stories of cruelty and despair would be coming out of Africa?
Indeed, the silence about the bloodshed in Sudan's Darfur region - the first genocide of the 21st century - is deafening.
The Italian poet Dante once wrote: "The hottest places in hell are reserved for people who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality."
It is happening again because in our modern politically correct world it has become taboo name the true culprit. It is happening again because those who do speak out against the perpetrators of this humanitarian crisis are branded "racists," "bigots," and "Islamophobes." It is happening again because our governments are more concerned with avoiding offense than saving lives.
If you want to end the genocide in Darfur, if you would like to see the end of most world conflicts, if you want terrorism brought to a virtual halt, you must be willing to define the enemy. It takes no stretch of the imagination nor does it require any expertise of foreign policies. It only takes simple common sense.
The hottest places in hell are, no doubt, reserved for our liberal left and conservative appeasers. For them, neutrality in the face of an inhumane, barbaric enemy is preferable to the loss of an ill informed voter or self-serving lobbyist. And if we allow that to continue, we are no better.