Saturday, March 04, 2006

The Dushanbe synagogue can still be saved

Reports of the destruction of the only synagogue in Tajikistan turn out to have been exaggerated - only the outlying buildings have been destroyed, reports the Jerusalem Post. There's still time to save the synagogue itself - and react decisively, argues the newpaper, to hate or simply disdain for non-Muslim sensibilities.

"Just as it is possible to overreact to religious slights, it is possible to underreact as well. This is particularly true in light of the hypocritical Muslim response to cartoons that offend Muslims, while vicious anti-Semitic (and anti-American) cartoons are common in the Muslim world.

"Free nations must demonstrate that anti-Jewish, anti-Christian, and anti-Western acts will provoke outrage, not soul searching on the part of the West. Acts filled with hate, or simply disdain, for non-Muslim sensibilities should have diplomatic consequences that reverberate widely in the West, as offenses to Muslims spread in the Muslim world. Stopping the destruction of the Dushanbe synagogue would be a good place to begin.

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