January 12, 2008
These Tears, I Can Live With
Bush emerged from a tour of the Yad Vashem memorial calling it a "sobering reminder" that evil must be resisted, and praising victims for not losing their faith.
Wearing a yarmulke, Bush placed a red-white-and-blue wreath on a stone slab that covers ashes of Holocaust victims taken from six extermination camps. He also lit a torch memorializing the victims.
Bush was visibly moved as he toured the site, said Yad Vashem's chairman, Avner Shalev.
"Twice, I saw tears well up in his eyes," Shalev said.
At one point, Bush viewed aerial photos of the Auschwitz camp taken during the war by U.S. forces and called Rice over to discuss why the American government had decided against bombing the site, Shalev said.
The Allies had detailed reports about Auschwitz during the war from Polish partisans and escaped prisoners. But they chose not to bomb the camp, the rail lines leading to it, or any of the other Nazi death camps, preferring instead to focus all resources on the broader military effort, a decision that became the subject of intense controversy years later.
Between 1.1 million and 1.5 million people were killed at the camp.
"We should have bombed it," Bush said, according to Shalev.
You can say what you want. I like this man.
Posted by Cassandra at January 12, 2008 04:45 PM
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Posted by: Cricket at January 12, 2008 06:26 PM
a couple tears?
that guy should be frantically crying...but alas...he has a small heart
Posted by: sir jorge at January 12, 2008 08:34 PM
Oh, goody, you are posting again.
Posted by: Mark at January 12, 2008 08:45 PM
I've heard it rumored, but I don't believe it :p
Posted by: Princess Leia, running like helk at January 12, 2008 09:02 PM
"You can say what you want. I like this man."
Me too...that's what I want to say.
Posted by: camojack at January 12, 2008 10:46 PM