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Jason Holliston
 
Tuesday, June 01, 2004  
Speaking With Authority

Thank God for people that can translate Polish into English. Through Instapundit, I was directed to a post on Chrenkoff's blog, who translated an interview of Marek Edelman by a Polish television channel. Mr. Edelman is the last surviving military leader of the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto uprising against the Nazis, and has long been a strong and respected voice against fascism and communism.

It's a fantastic interview, mostly for it's unique insight (since all of his compatriots are dead), but also for the interviewer's line of question. They keep trying to get him to admit that the Iraq War may not have been such a great idea, or that Poland should get out, but he keeps hammering back with great, logical answers. An excerpt:

Interviewer: So this war is one over some silly beliefs?

Edelman: Now, now. Who started killing people? Americans didn't invade a wonderful democratic Iraq. There was a dictatorship there, torture, terror.

Interviewer: But there are people who say it's not our business.

Edelman: And whose business is it? Every war with fascism is our business. In 1939 there were also many people who said that the war in Poland was not their war, and what happened? Great nations fell because politicians listened to those who were saying that it's not worth dying for Gdansk [Danzig]. If only we'd intervened militarily after Hitler re-entered Rhineland we probably would not have had the war and the Holocaust.

Interviewer: Many people do understand that, but they don't understand why the Americans have to go to the other side of the world and fight over Iraq now.

Edelman: And why did they go to Europe then? Who defeated Hitler and saved Europe from fascism? The French? No, the Americans did. We thanked them then because they saved us. Today we criticise them because they're saving somebody else.


There's lots more. Read it all.

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