The Holocaust - for me - was an unprecedented tragedy on several levels: the human level, the moral level, and then the failure of the modern state in protecting its own minorities. And this failure has direct lessons for us today where so many minorities are suffering in states which have majorities determined to use repressive measures which create terrible conditions for minorities. Each and every one of us needs to be aware that minorities in one part of the world can be majorities in another part of the world. And therefore we need to be conscious of the rights that each one of us must be given, not as a favor but as part of the charter of living in a civilized world. And if we do not - if we do not find such a way - we will face a dangerous and uncertain and violent time into the 21st Century.
Excerpt from a program with Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies, American University from an interview on June 22, 2006.