Reid Invokes Dante, Concentration Camps to Push Syria Intervention

by Andrew Johnson

Harry Reid made the case for American intervention in Syria on the Senate floor on Monday, quoting the Italian Renaissance poet Dante and ticking off the names of concentration camps where millions of Jews were murdered in the Holocaust. “The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crisis maintain their neutrality,” he said, quoting the Italian poet.

Reid also paraphrased the Rabbi Hillel the Elder, asking his colleagues, rhetorically, “I, Harry Reid, say, ‘If not now, when?’”

The majority leader argued that the country’s potential inaction in the face of the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons would be morally equivalent staying silent in the face of Hitler, and called on his Senate colleagues and and the American people to remember the horrors of Belzec, Auschwitz, and Treblinka extermination camps. “Never again, swore the world,” Reid reminded the chamber.