The article is in the Arts Section of The New York Times Online, but page A-1 of the New England Print Edition.
The article covers a new exhibition on SS-Obersturmbannführer (Lieutenant Colonel) Adolf Eichmann at the Topography of Terrorism Museum, in Berlin. For those too young to remember, Lt Col Eichmann was assigned by Obergruppenführer (General) Reinhard Heydrich to organize the logistics of the round-up and deportation of Jews to the German Death Camps in Poland.
Philosopher Hannah Arendt came in for some strange criticism in the article and in the exhibition
…reappraising the work of philosopher Hannah Arendt, pointing out that she failed to attend much of the trial, never saw Eichmann cross-examined and thus didn't witness his "just following orders" defense crumble.In this age of Osama bin Laden, Ms Arendt's description still rings true to me. Evil, micro and macro, still abounds. The atrocities in Communist nations in the Twentieth Century, are ignored. The Rwanda Genocide, and other like it, are just too hard to deal with. For quite some time it was too difficult and too politically chargted to deal with ethnic cleansing in the Balkins. Then there are those incidents like the several women in a McDonalds in Maryland, kicking another woman senseless. And yesterday (as in Sunday) it was Salafis thugs in Egypt, persecuting the Christian miniority.
"Neither perverted nor sadistic," is how Arendt described Eichmann, but "terribly and terrifyingly normal."
Christians blamed Saturday's deadly sectarian clashes at two churches near Cairo on Egypt's ultraconservative Salafis, a radical Islamist ideology whose growing influence is worrying both secularists and the country's Christian minority.In the end, it is our own indifference, reinforced by the reality that we can't do everything—so we do nothing. One arguement about not going into Libya this Spring was that we were not also willing to go into Syria. On the other hand, if France and its allies, including us, can fix the Libya problem, then maybe Syria will take note and change its approach to its own protestors.
Regards — Cliff