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Neil Cavuto Plays Politics with Elie Wiesel and the Holocaust

Reported by Melanie - June 28, 2006 -

Elie Wiesel, a survivor of Auschwitz and Buchenwald, a winner of the Nobel Prize for Peace, and a man who has spent his life combating indifference, intolerance and injustice, was a guest today (June 28, 2006) on Your World w/Cavuto. Wiesel, who lost his mother and a sister at Auschwitz and his father at Buchenwald, was on to talk about the Israeli hostages being held by Hamas and this week's growing tension between Israel and the Palestinians.

Several minutes into the segment, Neil Cavuto changed the topic to Iran. He said:

Let me ask you - we were talking during the break about Ahmadinejad of Iran who had said, and leads this chorus against Israel, that it doesn't have a right to exist, that the Holocaust never existed - many have likened him to a modern-day Hitler. Is he?

Wiesel replied:

Look, I don't like comparisons because then we would say Hitler is only an Ahrmadinejad. It - simply - I don't like analogies, but he is bad.

Comment: Cavuto himself is among the "many" who have likened Ahmadinejad to Hilter. Those who do so are engaged in an effort to convince the American public that what we need, in lieu of diplomacy, is an all-out war with Iran. It's bad enough when Cavuto compares the two when he's talking to, say, Oliver North. But to corner Elie Wiesel and use what he, his family, and millions of Jews experienced at the hands of Adolph Hitler to prime the American public for another Bush war, is cheap, disrespectful, and shameful.