Following Secretary Rice's visit to Turkey, she left for Israel, America's closest ally and friend in the Middle East. An important stop in her trip was to the Yad Yashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem. Upon signing the guest book at the Children's portion of the museum, she remarked:
I want to say to those who have put together this remarkable memorial at Yad Vashem, that it does indeed call us to remember the six million who perished, each individually and collectively, to honor those who survived and those who lived to build the Jewish state of Israel. And also it obligates us to be certain that good men and women never again fail to act and to say: We shall never forget and never again.
It is important for the US to identify and remember the holocaust, its horror upon millions of Jews and other victims of the Nazis, especially as Europe's sense of responsibility is apparently dimming. Secretary Rice, from her own personal experiences growing up in the segregated South, realizes the problems of hate and bigotry. She was additionally the friend of one of the 4 girls who were murdered in a Birmingham church fire because of their skin color. Secretary Rice's identification with the children, the most innocent of innocents, in the holocaust is moving.
Her call to remember both individually and collectively is powerful as well. Through individual stories of the holocaust we can begin to grasp the evil that totalitarianism inflicted on a massive scale upon its own citizens. While fascism and communism are defeated, Islamic fanaticism taps into the same hate. Western nations that forget the past and pretend that good and evil are only naive religious ideas are in danger of allowing another holocaust if terrorism goes unchecked.
UPDATE: PowerPundit has a good link, "Condi Ignores Arafat's Grave". Speaks volumes doesn't it?
UPDATE 2: Thanks to Roger for the link.