Kathryn Lopez

Contrary to what Ahmadinejad may assert, the Holocaust did happen, and 6 million Jews were murdered. And -- contrary to what "useful idiot" David Duke announced in Tehran -- that gas chambers were never used on Jews. As crazy as Ahmadinejad & Co.'s contentions are, they do matter. James Robbins, a professor at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., recently wrote: "The Lenins, the Maos, the Pol Pots . . . are no different than the types collected in Tehran. It is a mistake not to take such people seriously, and not to accept that they believe what they say they believe. The liberal impulse to discount the extremist, to rationalize his views, to refuse to take his threats literally, especially when he is in power, is itself a form of denial."

Being hostile to Israel isn't necessarily a sign of anti-Semitism; but continually blaming Israel first might very well be. It's an instinct we see way too much of, and it reinforces true and dangerous anti-Semites. Denial IS dangerous. The West has already learned that lesson -- haven't we?

Kathryn Lopez

Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor of National Review Online, writes a weekly column of conservative political and social commentary for Newspaper Enterprise Association.

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