You can read the full text of Netanyahu’s speech before AIPAC on March 5, 2012 here. My blog post today is about this part of his speech:
Some commentators would have you believe that stopping Iran from getting the bomb is more dangerous than letting Iran have the bomb. They say that a military confrontation with Iran would undermine the efforts already underway; that it would be ineffective; and that it would provoke an even more vindictive response by Iran.
I’ve heard these arguments before. In fact, I’ve read them before — In my desk, I have copies of an exchange of letters between the World Jewish Congress and the United States War Department.
Here are the letters:
The year was 1944. The World Jewish Congress implored the American government to bomb Auschwitz. The reply came five days later. I want to read it to you.
Such an operation could be executed only by diverting considerable air support essential to the success of our forces elsewhere…
and in any case, it would be of such doubtful efficacy that it would not warrant the use of our resources…
And, my friends, here’s the most remarkable sentence of all, and I quote:
Such an effort might provoke even more vindictive action by the Germans.
Think about that – “even more vindictive action” — than the Holocaust.
O.K. I have thought about it. The Holocaust was a vindictive action? I thought the Jews were completely innocent and the evil Nazis just killed them for no reason. What did the Jews do to cause the Germans to be vindictive?
But I digress. Let’s get to the part about bombing Auschwitz. Bombing Auschwitz would not have stopped the killing of the Jews. The gassing operation would have been diverted to other places that had gas chambers: Dachau, Mauthausen, Sachsenhausen, Majdanek, Chelmno, Treblinka, Belzec, Sobibor, Natzweiler, Stutthof, Hartheim Castle, and (according to some survivors) Buchenwald and Bergen-Belsen.
If all the gas chambers had been bombed, the Jews would have been killed by other means, such as shooting. Auschwitz would have closed down and the Jews would have been shot in the countries where they lived, instead of transporting them to Auschwitz. This would have been a more efficient way of killing the Jews and would have resulted in more deaths.
Bombing the Auschwitz gas chambers would have resulted in more deaths because, with only one bomb, America could have killed 2,000 Jews who were inside the gas chamber at the time that the bomb hit it. Besides that, there would have been other Jews, working in the nearby kitchen, that would have been killed if Krema II, the main gas chamber, had been bombed. The Krema V gas chamber was near the clothing warehouses and a bomb would have killed the Jews who were sorting the clothes.