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April 09, 2003

Hope is only hope, Wiesel says

Not specifically related to Israel or the ME, Elie Wiesel's speech last night has unviersal application and is thus worth reading
[...]The world is going through a new turbulence, upheaval, threats ... beyond our control."

He said people danced and celebrated on Dec. 31, 1999, happy to be rid of the 20th century and its tyrants, rulers and dictators, and yet, "Here we are three years into the new century. ... anti-Semitism is on the rise, and wars and violence have become a religious language," he said.

Additionally, the man who studied the philosophy and psychology of terrorism said he saw on Sept. 11, 2001, a historic new development in terrorist acts. Terrorists chose to commit suicide without leaving behind a message, he said, as if to say, 'You don't deserve our language. Death is our language.' "

It is frightening when death becomes a language, he said. Still he remains hopeful. Evil deeds start with cruelty but often end in hope, he said, underscoring his conviction with references to apartheid in South Africa, segregation and racism in the American South and his own experiences as a teenager in World War II.[more]