The End of the World Starts in Damascus

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Haaretz columnist Ari Shavit has a shrill warning: the end of the world starts in Damascus.

If we turn away from the moral outrage of 100,000 people slaughtered by a dictatorial regime while international bodies like the United Nations do nothing to stop it and while the White House muddles through an amoral Syria policy, it is the end of civilization as we know it.

No decent person can ignore what’s happening. What is supposed to be an enlightened world cannot remain silent. Each day, the Syrian civil war is taking on the chilling connotations of the Spanish Civil War. It heralds the end of an era and delineates the coming era. Many in the West and Israel despise Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

But what’s happening in Syria proves the validity of Netanyahu’s warning that the greatest danger to world peace in the 21st century is the combination of unconventional weapons and unconventional regimes. Lunatics really are insane. Barbarians are really barbaric. Huns will be Huns.

Those who act mercifully toward Huns bear direct responsibility for the fact that nuclear weapons are being built in Iran, chemical weapons are being used in Syria and doomsday weapons threaten the future of the Middle East. Those who underestimate the inherent danger of the Huns bear direct responsibility for the deaths of today’s victims, the Syrians, and tomorrow’s victims, the Israelis, Europeans and Americans.

It’s time to break free of the moral relativism, multicultural hypocrisy and political correctness that prevent us from seeing our evil neighborhood as it really is. A terrible warning siren is being sounded in Damascus. Do we hear it? Does the world hear it?

President Obama, are you listening?

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