But the Iranians are driven by a higher logic. And they will launch their rockets. And, as with the first Holocaust, the international community will do nothing.
Still, the second holocaust will be different in the sense that Ahmadinejad will not actually see and touch those he so wishes dead (and, one may speculate, this might cause him disappointment as, in his years of service in Iranian death squads in Europe, he may have acquired a taste for actual blood). And, indeed, there will be no scenes like the following, quoted in Daniel Mendelsohn's recent The Lost, A Search for Six of Six Million, in which is described the second Nazi action in Bolechow, Poland, in September 1942:
A terrible episode happened with Mrs. Grynberg. The Ukrainians and Germans, who had broken into her house, found her giving birth. The weeping and entreaties of bystanders didn't help and she was taken from her home in a nightshirt and dragged into the square in front of the town hall.
There... she was dragged onto a dumpster in the yard of the town hall with a crowd of Ukrainians present, who cracked jokes and jeered and watched the pain of childbirth and she gave birth to a child. The child was immediately torn from her arms along with its umbilical cord and thrown - It was trampled by the crowd and she was stood on her feet as blood poured out of her with bleeding bits hanging and she stood that way for a few hours by the wall of the town hall, afterwards she went with all the others to the train station where they loaded her into a carriage in a train to Belzec.
In the next holocaust there will be no such heart-rending scenes, of perpetrators and victims mired in blood (though, to judge from pictures of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the physical effects of nuclear explosions can be fairly unpleasant).
But it will be a holocaust nonetheless.
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Picture the scene in the first "Holocaust". Add color, movement, and noise. A woman, a Jewish woman, is brutally compelled to forceps delivery in some smelly dumpster, surrounded by sadistic Ukrainians shaken by outbursts of laugh. (Understand her surprise, it is the second Nazi action in the town and we have to deduce that the first certainly appeared Jew-friendly). The umbilical cord is rooted out from her bleeding belly and the soon trodden fruit of her womb lies next to her, crushed by the blood-stained heels of the Ukrainians (where is the Jewish father, by the way?). But her ordeal is just beginning, she has to stand erect, drenched with her own Jewish blood and the blood of her stillborn Jewish baby (where are the other impassive Jews?). Next, she boards on a cattle car to Belżec (where were the Polish witnesses of this theater?), where she passes under the Star of David just above the door in order to get gassed (The other Jews do not mind her, she is dirty, so she goes to the bath with them, of course).
Poor Mrs. Grynberg. Terribly gruesome, and barely conceivable. But this story goes unquestioned into the reference newspaper of Israel. My assumption is that when you believe with all your countrymen in such stories, and you believe it could happen again anytime soon, perhaps you have failed as a nation and it is not worth going on along such pessimistic prospects on yourself and your neighbors.