In a little-acknowledged story, President

In a little-acknowledged story, President Bush visited Auschwitz-Birkenau yesterday for about an hour and a half. I’ve had the bad fortune of visiting that site three times while I lived in Krakow. While 1.5 hours is very little time to see this incredibly large complex of Nazi death machinery, it is historically interesting to watch Mr. Bush mildly connect the dots between Saddam Hussein and the Nazis. I know that his press secretary, Ari Fleischer (who lost family in World War II), won’t go so far as to say this, but Bush is clearly setting the stage for shifting political weight to Poland and those countries most recently subjugated to Fascism and Communism; this inherently, of course, makes France and Germany (and Russia) seem violently out of touch with contemporary human rights abuses and American and Soviet involvement in saving the continent from itself between 1943 and 1945. With activists very active in Geneva right now, my prediction is that this will be one of the more important G7/G8 meetings in history.