Turner Classic Movies is a popular channel in my parents’ house — no commercials. And it’s Oscar month, so just about everything they are playing now is worth watching.
We turned the channel a few nights to go to find “Judgment at Nuremberg” beginning. And we watched all three hours.
The film is a fictionalized account of the Nuremberg Trials held after World War II. Though it is a fictional work, the historical context is real, as is the film footage from the concentration camps.
The young lawyer who is tasked to defending the German judges charged with crimes against humanity does his all. He is a German who understands that the world is trying the German people. He does not deny the heinousness of what happened nor that the nation allowed it to happen. But in the clip, he contends that if all the German people are guilty, then so is the world. Why? Because they knew what Hitler believed. Hitler was not shy about his anti-Semitic notions nor his radical policies to deal with political opponents.
Now, today, we have Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his underlings, who do not hesitate to threaten the nation of Israel. In a Feb. 8, 2012 story, the Daily Mail reports that the Iranian web site “Alef has published a doctrine detailing why the destruction of the nation and the slaughter of all its people would be legally and morally justified.”
The Iranian web site reportedly states that 60 percent of the Jewish population of Israel resides in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa and could be wiped out with three missiles.
Israel takes Iran’s word seriously. Why don’t most other nations?
God will come to Israel’s rescue when Iran and her allies finally attack. Nonetheless, the nations will be held accountable for ignoring and, worse, propping up Iran.
The Iranian leadership mean what they say. Why don’t we believe them?