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The gunman who killed a rabbi and his two children in front of a Jewish school in Toulouse, France, a few weeks ago chased his fourth victim, an eight year old girl, into the school playground. He cornered her against a fence and grabbed her by her hair. Then he pointed a .45 caliber automatic at her head and tried to shoot her but the gun jammed. So he took a 9 mm automatic out of his pocket and shot her point blank in the head, killing her instantly. 

The decent people of the world are right to be horrified about this latest example of Jew hatred and murder. But let’s bear this in mind. Europeans and other persons have loved to kill Jews for a long time.

During the roughly 2,000 days of World War II in Europe, the Nazis and their many, many local helpers killed an average of 3,000 Jews each and every day –the vast majority of them women and children, all of them civilians. So, four Jews is horrible in 2012 but barely noticeable — not noticeable at all a mere 70 years before… barely more than my lifetime.

If you wonder why the Jewish state of Israel believes that it is in deadly peril from an Iranian nuclear bomb, just look at history. People who truly hate Jews, who believe that Jews are not human in fact or are the spawn of the devil, will use any means they can to kill Jews. Questions of morality or retaliation do not enter into the matter at all. The Nazis were still using every tool at their disposal to murder every Jew in their grasp just days before the Reich collapsed.

The rulers of Iran have already said they don’t fear retaliation, want to wipe Israel off the map, and look forward to what they call “martyrdom” in return. History has shown that the Jews can only depend upon themselves. Even a truly staggeringly great man like Churchill did nothing to stop the Holocaust. Why would Israel think Obama would go to war for Israel?

If you wonder why Israel is so deathly afraid about an Iranian bomb, think of that hand of the Toulouse gunman holding the eight-year-old Jewish girl by her hair and calmly shooting her in the head. Think of the hand of Ahmadinejad pressing a button to destroy Tel Aviv. Think of the Nazis’ industrial machine killing 3,000 Jews a day while the world did nothing. Think if it were your children under the gun. Think and remember.

Ben Stein
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Ben Stein is a writer, actor, economist, and lawyer living in Beverly Hills and Malibu. He writes “Ben Stein’s Diary” for every issue of The American Spectator.
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