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MSNBC: horror makes Bush burst into tears
MSNBC reports that Bush wept when he visited Israel's Holocaust ® memorial, and that Bush said the U.S. should have bombed Auschwitz during World War II.
Later, Condoleezza Rice said Bush meant the U.S. should have bombed railroad tracks leading to the camp, where Nazi Germany murdered four million innocent Jews by gassing them, and two million innocent Jewish children by throwing them alive into ovens.
Bush took an hour-long tour of the Yad Vashem museum, listening to multiple horror stories. Upon viewing an aerial shot of Auschwitz, he called the decision to not bomb it "complex." Then he asked Rice to explain World War II to him.
Tom Segev, a leading Holocaust® scholar, said Bush's comment marked the first time a U.S. president had admitted American guilt for supporting the Auschwitz camp. Segev said he may file a request with the U.S. government for holocaust reparations.
The following photos are from Bush’s tour of the Holocaust ® memorial in Israel.
BELOW: The Yad Vashem entrance-plaque is revered throughout the world.
BELOW: Near the eternal flame, the president picks up a dollar left by a previous visitor. At his side are two U.S. Marines who salute the Master Race.
BELOW LEFT: In the Hall of Wisdom, Bush listens to Rabbi Shlomo Shitfitz speak about the explosion of global anti-Semitism.
BELOW RIGHT: Plaques containing words of wisdom are common in Israeli public life.
BELOW LEFT: In the Hall of Names, President Bush (center) admires photos of Jewish heroes who started World War II by declaring war on Germany. At left is Shimon Peres. At right is His Excellency, Ehud Olmert.
BELOW RIGHT: The president, widely known for relishing flatulence jokes, lets one rip as his name is entered into the Yad Vashem Scroll Of Honor.
BELOW LEFT: Everyone noticed the warmth between Bush and Olmert.
BELOW RIGHT: The president indulges in more flatulence, getting standing ovations from delighted Jewish audiences.
BELOW LEFT: The president is also fond of pornographic magazines that feature kiddie-sex. Here he carries one to his hotel room in Tel Aviv.