Spinning The Holocaust

Has the century's signature horror been misused?

Elie Wiesel visited the refugee camps in Macedonia last week, a few days before the prospect of peace broke out. Wiesel explicitly refused to compare the Kosovo tragedy to the Holocaust, saying, "I don't believe in drawing analogies." But there can be little doubt that the Clinton Administration, which has repeatedly invoked parallels between Kosovo and the Shoah, had exactly that in mind. As a U.S. embassy spokesman in Macedonia told the New York Times, Americans were losing focus on the reasons for our Balkan mission, and so "you need a person like Wiesel to keep your moral philosophy on track."


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