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FP: What do you hope that this Freedom Plaza would help achieve?
Lancz: This Wallenberg monument could serve as the quintessential 9/11 Memorial, and behind the bust would be a semi-circle granite wall with the names of the 3,000 victims. Naturally, on the pedestal of the bust, would be a description of Wallenberg’s story. As this is the defining battle between the individual and tyranny, there would be a plaque reading:
“Wallenberg-the lost Hero of the Holocaust-confronted the Nazi killing machine and showed not only that one person can make a difference , but that one person can resist, that one person can confront, that one person can indeed prevail over radical evil.”
If this isn’t the ultimate rallying cry of our times I don’t know what it is. Moreover as this is not just a memorial but an educational tool, students would gather to be educated, inspired and to hopefully emulate Wallenberg’s example.
FP: What are your thoughts on the threat we face by Islamic jihad and the Left’s disposition to it?
Lancz: The gravity of the existential threat we face from Islamic jihad is truly of epic proportions. It is essentially a battle pitting free-civilized man against a totalitarian barbarian. What is at stake is the struggle for our very souls — namely who we are and what we represent. The lives that were sacrificed for individual rights and freedoms that we’ve come to cherish are being chiseled away from right under our noses by the stealth jihadists. And many of us are in denial and totally clueless.
The left’s appeasement and pandering to evil is nothing new. What makes their utopian delusions so infuriating and unpardonable is that it is not only they who will have to pay the consequences — and deservedly so; they are thwarting and undermining our best efforts at resistance and are thus dragging us down in the process as well.
FP: What, in your view, is the best way for us to fight this unholy alliance?
Lancz: There is no single best way to fight this unholy alliance, but small, myriad, incremental steps taken by freedom-loving, empowered individuals can turn back the tide. In this war of ideas, it is crucial to speak truth to power, counter and expose the hate mongers and their lies and obfuscations, to set the record straight, take back our constitutional republic and marshal all our strengths at repelling and ultimately defeating this evil.
Naturally, campaigns such as mine and more specifically this proposed R.W. Freedom Plaza, focusing on real, true to life role models of Wallenberg’s stature, are an exceedingly effective way to fight back. Wallenberg’s legacy is after all the very embodiment of everything we are fighting for.
To quote the brilliant human rights activist Irwin Cotler:
“Today Wallenberg deserves to be remembered not only for his heroism, but as a reminder and inspiration for action-each one of us has an indispensable role to play in the struggle for tikkun olam; human rights begins with each of us — in our homes, in our schools, in our workplace, in our human relations, in our daily capacity for acts of care and compassion on behalf of some victim of discrimination or disadvantage somewhere.”
People of courage and conviction like you Jamie, Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer and David Horowitz are perfect examples of the transformative impact individuals can have and a testament to living the Raoul Wallenberg legacy.
FP: Peter Lancz, thank you for joining Frontpage Interview.
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