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Never again! Aldri mer! er blitt noe av et mantra for Europa. Men hvordan kan det da ha seg at Europa lot bosnierne i stikken og lot tutsiene ble slaktet ned? Du hører aldri PRIO, NUPI, Galtung, Fritt Ord eller noen fra den liberale eliten forklare denne motsetningen. Ligningen går ikke opp for dem. De lar den ligge og rører heller i den humanistiske grøten.

Mark Steyn tar tyren ved hornene. Det han sier er noe av det viktigste en student kunne lære om dagens verden. «aldri mer!» har fått en annen betydning: Nei til Hitler og nazismen betyr nei til rasisme. Det går enda lenger: Det betyr nei til power politics overhodet, mens toleransen for folkemord er ganske høy. Derfor er venstresiden i Europa mye mer opptatt av å protestere mot Bush enn Saddam, Hamas og Al-Qaida. Folk sier i ramme alvor at det er fra USA trusselen kommer.

For more than a week now, American friends have asked me why 3/11 wasn’t 9/11. I think it comes down to those two words you find on Holocaust memorials all over Europe: «Never again.» Fine-sounding, but claptrap. The never-again scenario comes round again every year. This very minute in North Korea there are entire families interned in concentration camps. Concentration camps with gas chambers. Think Kim Jong-Il’s worried that the civilised world might mean something by those two words? Ha-ha.

How did a pledge to the memory of the dead decay into hollow moral preening? When an American Jew stands at the gates of a former concentration camp and sees the inscription «Never again», he assumes it’s a commitment never again to tolerate genocide. Alain Finkielkraut, a French thinker, says that those two words to a European mean this: never again the führers and duces who enabled such genocide. «Never again power politics. Never again nationalism. Never again Auschwitz» – a slightly different set of priorities. And over the years a revulsion against any kind of «power politics» has come to trump whatever revulsion post-Auschwitz Europe might feel about mass murder.

That’s why the EU let hundreds of thousands of Bosnians and Croats die on its borders until the Americans were permitted to step in. That’s why the fact that thousands of Iraqis are no longer being murdered by their government is trivial when weighed against the use of Anglo-American military force required to effect their freedom. «Never again» has evolved to mean precisely the kind of passivity that enabled the Holocaust first time round. «Neville again» would be a better slogan.

Among all the foolish apologists for the murderers of Madrid, it was the Reverend Mark Beach who happened to catch my eye. Preaching at St Andrew’s Church, Rugby, nine days ago, Mr Beach said: «The people of Madrid are reaping the fruits of our intolerance towards those of different races and religions. The war in Iraq was never going to solve the problems of that region but instead inflamed Arab people all over the world to new heights of anger towards the West.»

Eliten i Europa aner ingenting om det kontinentet de sitter på toppen av. De er intetanende til de islamistiske cellene som utnytter passfriheten i Schengenlandene. Steyn snur Chamberlains ord om Tsjekkoslovakia på hodet. Chamberlain spurte hvorfor britene skulle bry seg med et faraway country som de ikke visste noe særlig om. Never again er blitt Neville again, og det er en farlig rute:

They (terroristene) are travelling light on the bridle-paths of Europe – the small cells that operate in the nooks and crannies of a free society, while politicians cling to the beaten tracks – old ideas, multicultural pieties and a general hope that things will turn out for the best.

That’s the drawback of sticking with the «Neville again» routine: appeasement is even less effective when the faraway country of which you know little is your own.

We tried appeasement once before…
By Mark Steyn
(Filed: 23/03/2004)