"Why didn't somebody do something?"

The Question

My mother grew up in the 1930s and '40s, and she could always remember watching the newsreels that came out after WWII. The pictures of the death camps, and the emaciated prisoner, and the stacked bodies, and the crematoriums. She would ask aloud, "If we knew all of that was going on, why didn't we stop Hitler sooner? Why didn't somebody do something?"

We had Hitler. In our own day, in our own time, in our own generation, we had Hitler. We had Saddam Hussein. And somebody "did something": President Bush, despite strong opposition at home and abroad, overthrew the Ba'athist Reich in Iraq and captured Saddam and his henchmen.

Had the "peace movement" had its way, Saddam would still be filling those mass graves. People would still be dying slow and horrible deaths in torture chambers, women and men would still be traumatized for life by sadistic rapes and disfigurements. And yet these things have ended in Iraq, precisely because of the war that the "peace" activists so strenuously opposed.

And even now, some people are unmoved by three hundred thousand bodies in mass graves. These are the same people who would have cared nothing about dead and dying Jews in concentration camps sixty years ago. I don't get it. Do they not see Arabs and Jews as human?