Nonsequitur: Repeating History’s Mistakes?
February 19, 2014
Representative Eric Cantor after a recent trip to the Nazi death camps at at Auschwitz and Birkenau:
“And, standing there as the frigid wind swept through the eerily quiet ruins of the camp, I could not help but regret that American action in World War II came too late to save countless millions of innocent lives. Hitler’s rise and conquest of Europe did not come as a surprise. Nor were the Allied Powers ignorant of the Nazi death camps to which millions of innocents were being shipped like cattle bound for the slaughter.
“The free world chose not to act against Hitler’s aggression until it was too late. Americans, war weary and anxious after experiencing the horrors of World War I, largely ignored the conflict erupting on the Continent, and the prevailing sentiment was to avoid involvement in the burgeoning conflicts in Europe and Asia.
“This isolationist sentiment lasted years, until the bombing of Pearl Harbor woke the American people from their slumber. We must not repeat the same mistake by reducing our preparedness, accepting the notion that we are one of many or ceding global leadership to others.
You can read his complete speech here.