Skip to comments.“Little Eichmanns” and “Digital Brownshirts”
Posted on 03/18/2005 4:57:56 AM PST by mal
The effort to remove fascists in the Middle East and jump-start democracy, for all its ups and downs, has been opposed not just by principled critics who bristled at tactics and strategy, but also by peculiarly vehement cynics here and abroad whose disgust was so often in direct proportion to their relative political impotence.
One of their most hackneyed charges, begun almost at the beginning of this war, has been the Bush/America as Hitler/Nazi Germany comparison. True, fast-changing events in the Middle East recently have left many of these hypercritics either embarrassed, discredited or desperately reinventing themselves into the I told you so crowd. But we should not forget these slurs nor expect them to disappear entirely inasmuch as they reflect a deep sort of self-loathing among Western elites.
(Excerpt) Read more at nationalreview.com ...
Yeah, but other than that he's EXACTLY like Hitler. /slobbering spittle flecked mantra
.....Ignorance and arrogance are a lethal combination. Nowhere do we see that more clearly among writers and performers who pontificate as historians when they know nothing about history.
...Entire continents can play this game. If Europe is awash in anti-Semitism, then one mechanism to either ignore or excuse it is to allege that the United States the one country that is the most hospitable to Jews is governed by a Hitler-like killer. Americans, who freed Europe from the Nazis, are supposed to recoil from such slander rather than cry shame on its promulgators, whose grandfathers either capitulated to the Nazis or collaborated or were Nazis themselves.
If the sick analogy to Hitler is intended to conjure up a mass murderer, then the 20th centurys two greatest killers, Mao and Stalin, who slaughtered or starved somewhere around 80 million between them, are less regularly evoked. Perhaps that omission is because so many of the mass demonstrators, who bore placards of Bushs portrait defaced with Hitlers moustache, are overtly leftist and so often excuse extremist violence whether in present-day Cuba or Zimbabwe if it is decorated with the rhetoric of radical enforced equality.
....But something has gone terribly wrong with a mainstream Left that tolerates a climate where the next logical slur easily devolves into Hitlerian invective. The problem is not just the usual excesses of pundits and celebrities ......, but also supposedly responsible officials of the opposition such as former Sen. John Glenn, who said of the Bush agenda: Its the old Hitler business.
....Is there a danger to all this? Plenty. The slander not only brings a president down to the level of an evil murderer, but as worried Jewish leaders have pointed out elevates the architect of genocide to the level of an American president. Do the ghosts of six million that were incinerated or, for that matter, the tens of millions who were killed to promote or stop Hitlers madness count for so little that they can be so promiscuously induced when one wishes to object to stopping the filibuster of senatorial nominations or to ignore the objection of Europeans in removing the fascistic Saddam Hussein?
There is something profoundly immoral for a latte-sipping, upscale Westerner of the postmodern age flippantly evoking Hitler when we think of the countless souls lost to the historical record who were systematically starved and gassed in the factories of death of the Third Reich.
.....The final irony? The president who is most slandered as Hitler will probably prove to be the most zealous advocate of democratic government abroad, the staunchest friend of beleaguered Israel, and the greatest promoter of global individual freedom in our recent memory. In turn, too many of the Left who used to talk about idealism and morality have so often shown themselves mean-spirited, cynical, and without faith in the spiritual power of democracy.
What an eerie and depressing age we live in.
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It's too bad this article will not be read by those who need to read it. Of course it would probably go over there heads.
VDH is excellent once again.
ooooooouch!!! Thats going to leave a mark.
This VDH essay really takes the left to the woodshed.
This is even more important because I've heard that VDH was considered a liberal - at least at one time. It sounds like he is now tired of lying down with those dogs and getting up with fleas.
On another note, the left doesn't care about "unleashing" the unhinged etc. as long as they can regain power.
This is a GREAT read.
The left will remain out of touch. Just recently Airhead Amerika had some commentary regarding Lebanon. The protestors were supposedly just a small minority right wing extremists (and puppets of Bush), while the majority were backing Hezbollah and the Syrians. Airhead went on about all the good things that Hezbollah was doing - clinics, daycare centers, etc (did they get that "information" from Sen Osama Mamma Patty Murray bin Idiot?).
Thanks for including me on the ping. My liberal high-school buddy will now get new e-mail surprizes. :)
Thanks for the ping. We have finally elected a truly great President. This is a man that would walk the gauntlet to help quell the evil of this world.
What a contrast with our prior 'president', that made decisions by the latest MSM poles.
poles = polls....duh. Need more coffee.
I have no idea whether VDH was at one time a liberal or not. The following comment is not directed at VDH.
Dims/Libs are like puppies. They're born into this world with their eyes shut, they whine and whimper to get their needs met. But, when they finally open up their eyes to the world they become conservative and meet those needs on their own.
VDH essays should be required reading at all institutes of higher learning.
Thanks for posting.
Hanson is so superior to anyone published by the MSM that it is laughable.
I haven't read a whole lot of VDH, but I try to. This may be his best yet. It sums up whats wrong with Liberalism today. His conclusion about the depressing times we live in today also rings with my heart. I am dismayed at what has happened to the opposition. I thought it was bad during Reagans term, but this is worse. I thank GOD that its OUR side which owns most of the guns...
"he simply fell under the influence of Moveon.org and thought it was his duty to remove the Bush/Nazi threat that even U.S. senators and presidential candidates had identified and warned about."
KNOWLEDGE and arrogance are a lethal combination.
Did anyone catch the "Little Eichmanns" references on this week's South Park episode? :)
Brownshirts were all homosexuals. The hitler youth were the feeding ground for the homosexuals. The Nazi's wanted to destroy society and remake "god" in the Nazi image.
Seems to me the only group doing that today is the leftists with their feminist moralphobia and their efforts to impose homosexual marriage and lower the age of consent.
The whole brownshirt saga...is one that most historians end up painting in black and white. They would prefer to tell the entire brownshirt story in 10 lines, and simply talk about what they did against Jews. What most people miss...is that brownshirts were primarily guys who fit into two categories...either the dienchanted war types who whined about losing...or the gay members who started the entire corp of brownshirts out in Munich. These ruff and ready types...were simply out to do whatever muscle was required and they never worried about the local authorities...because most were connected in some fashion to the brownshirts.
Resorting to a Hitler analogy to prove a point is more often than not a sure sign that you've lost the debate.
Wow, when VDH says something, there is just not much more to add.
That said, we must never forget that Hitler was a NATIONAL SOCIALIST. His policies need to be looked at and compared to the DNC/Green platforms. Like the Communist Party USA platform vs the Democrats, the comparisons are disturbingly similar. No wonder Kerry got the support from the World Workers Party and the CPUSA....
Modern leftists and socialists in the world need to be very carefull when calling 'right wingers' (ie, anyone right of Castro, Chavez, or Marx) NAZIs. Like the elitist "journalists", they will find thier beliefs and policies under scrutiny. I know that when the Left's postitions are laid out, it becomes no question who the real National Socialists are....
For the DUers: Hint, it's not Bush or the conservatives... Your glass house is cracking
So, where does that put Soros and Kerry? Both powerfull, and both out to destroy freedom. Or Saddam, the Iranian Mullahs, Kim the Ill.....
Within the leftist mind Soros, a virtually stereotypical "evil" capitalist, and Kerry, a self admitted war criminal, are not evil because they oppose conservatism - this is no different mind you then the left's love for sexual harrasser, and possible rapist, Bill Clinton...
Ohh the joy of 'situational ethics'...
Just the same as the question: "Where are all the human rights groups to help us support Terri?" or "Where was NOW when all these women that Clinton assaulted came forward?" or many other questions...
Of course, groups like Move-On, the DNC, ELF/ALF, PETA, Not in Our Name, etc all have the same ANSWER (pun intended): Follow the money. These groups, full of brainwashed (often violent) robots, would never bite the hand that feeds them.