Thursday, December 21, 2006

Real Americans

In a timely example of what America is really about (as opposed to the bigoted, nativist examples shown by wingnuts like Virgil H. Goode Jr. (R-Dark Ages)), US muslims and jews join together to commemorate the holocaust. From the Washington Post:

Local Muslim leaders lit candles yesterday at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum to commemorate Jewish suffering under the Nazis, in a ceremony held just days after Iran had a conference denying the genocide.

American Muslims "believe we have to learn the lessons of history and commit ourselves: Never again," said Imam Mohamed Magid of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, standing before the eternal flame flickering from a black marble base that holds dirt from Nazi concentration camps.

It strikes me that what hope we have of surviving in this dangerous world comes the actions of people like those in the story.

It strikes me as ironic that those who most espouse American exceptionalism so often forget exactly what makes America so exceptional.

My prescription for getting that oily feel you get from rantings of the wingnut right?

Just read the whole story. Especially the last paragraph.

There is yet hope for us after all.

[H/t to Pete Abel.]

1 comment:

Pete Abel said...

Thanks for the H/t and the additional thoughts you've added here. I think we all agree that this story gives us hope for the future. Lord knows we need it.

(PS -- And great blog, otherwise. Just added you to my blog roll at, where I post a variety of material in addition to my posts at TMV.)