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July 18, 2005

Can there be another reason for the overuse of the Nazi comparison?

Captain's Quarters points out yet another politician using the Nazi comparison to attack an opponent. First there's the problem of so many politicians doing it, then there's the problem of the media at large (that would include bloggers) complaining about it. There are some valid comparisons, but I fear that the reason both the misuse and the complaints are multiplying is to numb the public to the reality of who Hitler was, and what he stood for. By making him some too horrible, un-repeatable evil, the idea is created that he and his cronies were just too evil to ever be copied. Sounds like a perfect setting for copying what he did, and using the defense “Oh, you call everyone nazis” as a defense. There are some valid comparisons, and what he did could easily be repeated. There were many Americans at the time that didn't see Hitler as that evil of a person. Charles Lindberg and Margaret Sanger are to notable examples.

Posted by Danny Carlton at July 18, 2005 06:06 AM

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I agree. I don't like the use of Hitler as a sole comparison. WW2 was a complicated war.

Hitler's methods were cruel, but what about his motivations? I agree that there is more to Hitler than simply an incarnation of Satan. Liberals forget "the 'devil' is in the details."

I find it troubling to compare our reason for participating in any war with WW2. Frankly, I don't believe the American public is privy to all our reasons for participating in any war, including WW2. Are we sure we went to war to displace Hitler? Yeah, he was evil and all, but is he the only reason? Can you imagine how difficult a WW2 campaign would have been if American press possessed the comm tech it has today?

I think it is pretty naive for any of us to assume to know the real reason this country engages another. We are given alleged reasons, but are they the real ones? However, liberals can't seem to perceive complexities in their simple Utopian worlds.

I don't mean to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but as head of state, couldn't you imagine the complexity of information you would have available when choosing your country's battles? And wouldn't it be reasonable that the majority of that information would be considered secret? I doubt we will ever know all the reasons for any conflict we engage in.

Posted by: Toxic Avenger at July 18, 2005 10:06 AM

Great comment. Lots of good insite there.

Posted by: Danny Carlton at July 18, 2005 02:39 PM

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