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The Hitler Analogy – when is it acceptable?

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on July 30, 2007


The current president’s policies seem to be an extension of his grandfather’s thinking. Bush’s latest string of Executive Orders are so disconcertingly undemocratic and un-American that even the Right-wing is growing leery. Last week, Bush signed an order that would enable him to seize the financial assets of anti-war activists. And in his most troubling move to date, on May 9, Bush signed an order that states that in the event of another terror attack on U.S. soil, the legislative and judicial branches of government would become subservient to the executive. This move is precisely how Hitler concretized his power following the Reichstag fire.


The Blog – JewSchool – raised an interesting question: “When is it okay to call someone a Nazi.?”

It is interesting because the comparison to Hitler and Nazism is most often used when a debater has no arguments left for their position. It is considered bad form to use the comparison, and in most Discussion Forums it is a sure discussion killer. See Godwin’s Law.

It has also been used as a hyperbolic propagandist argument against f.i Israeli politics in regards to the Palestinians, especially by debaters on the Far Left, who somehow think they gain points by using it as an insult.

The interesting part appears when one is able to draw direct political lines between events today and those in the 1930’s and 1940’s Germany. Like the Blogger manages to do in the above quote.

The Question raises another Question – how are we to learn from history, if references to historical events cannot be made? If Hitler, the Third Reich and the Holocaust take on sacrosanct proportions in the minds of people, don’t we then loose an instrument that can and should be used for education and raising awareness of similar events taking place in our own times? What about historical, sociological and philosophical analysis – how can that be conducted if the books on certain parts of history are hermetically closed due to sensitivities of some of the victims? Isn’t that just another denial? It seems like the the slogan “Never again!” has come to mean, not that it must never happen again, but that we must never think or speak about it again. For sure, we must not point out that history is about to repeat itself in some variation.

It has been argued that the events leading up to and resulting in the Third Reich in the 1930’s were so unique that no events can be compared to them, not before and not after.

But were they? Really? The misuse of power, the political machinations, the targeting of political undesirables, followed by elimination any possible dissent – are they unique to the Rise of the Third Reich?

What about the Soviet Union? Or China? Uganda, Mozambique, Iran, Turkey, Iraq?

How about the Serbian Rise in Former Yugoslavia?

I know that Europe woke up to the plight of the Muslims in Serbia after images eerily resembling those from Bergen Belsen and Auschwitz were aired on TV – but that was long into the massacre, and for many the realization of what was happening came too late.

Could those events have been predicted and intercepted if we had been allowed to believe that this kind of evil is repeatable, because it is NOT unique, because human evil is in fact very predictable? Would we not then also have been allowed to analyze and draw parallels between events in the 1930’s and 40’s and events unfurling in our own times?

I believe that not only do we need to let go of the “sanctification” of the Holocaust and the events that led up to it as something unique, but we need to go of the permanent victimization, not just of the Jewish People and all other that perished then, but of our collective innocence. It cannot be repaired, so we might as well accept that it is gone, and live with it, learn from its demise and grow up.

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Search:cursing bear

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on July 2, 2007


I have Blog Stats on my Blog. This: ‘search:venezuelan freedom of speech controversyhas the most hits today – 12. People even do searches on ‘search: hitler bear‘ – now who in their right mind would connect Hitler to a Bear?! or suggest ‘search: cursing bear‘?! Unless of course the Bear is cursing Hitler – now that would make perfect sense.

The Blog stats are a very neat little tool – it gives me all sorts of ideas of what to write on – here’s one: silly camp names – All I will have to do is search the Internet for “Silly Camp Names”, and then list them here with some witty comments, right?

How much can a blogger get out of: silly pictures of governments? Well, sure a lot of Bushco pictures, that’s for sure – but who would want Bushco all over their Blog? I sure don’t.

On a more serious note we have: define term collateral damage – now there’s a Topic for you – how to define collateral damage. That is a good Blog Topic, but too heavy for tonight I am afraid. And if you just have to read about collateral damage tonight – there is an Entry here.

I love this one: disabled normies – whoever did a search using those words sure had a knack for contradictions in terms. Sure there are times when I would definitely want to disable normies and keep them that way. I wonder if hysterically laughing at this specific search request would disable the normies?

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The Difference of Words…

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on June 23, 2007


There’s a clear difference between legitimate criticism of Israel and Anti-Semitism:

Clear criticisms of Israeli policy & its backers Antisemitic ideas often repeated by activists with no anti-Jewish intentions Lines emerging directly from neonazi & antisemitic organizations
Israel has a repeated & ongoing record of human rights offenses. “Israel is a worse humans rights violator than most or all other countries.” “Israel is the root of the world’s problems.”
Many Israeli soldiers justify their actions toward Palestinians by saying they’re ‘just following orders.’ “Israelis are just like Nazis.” “Israel is worse than the Nazis,” “This wouldn’t have happened if the Nazis were successful,” etc.
The Zionist movement has included elements of racism from its early days, such as the claim that Palestine was “a land without a people for a people without aland.” Major Zionist factions have implemented conscious, intentional racist policy. Regardless of individual Zionists’ intentions, Zionism as a whole has had racist & oppressive results for the Palestinian people. “Zionism is racism.” “The Zionist conspiracy is behind this,” “Zionism is the root of the world’s problems today,” etc.
AIPAC,* weapons lobbies & others give U.S. politicians incentives to push anti-Palestinian policies, & attempt to silence &intimidate both Jews & non-Jews who raise alternatives. “The ‘Israel Lobby’ is what is pushing America off track &away from its true interests,or caused us to go to war.” “Israel /The Zionists /The Jews /The Jewish Lobby…is controlling the U.S./ the world.”
In this issue, as in so many, the corporate media provide one-dimensional, sensationalized coverage, usually biased toward whatever side the U.S. government is backing – when they cover it at all. “The media, controlled by Zionists, never talks about the plight of the Palestinians.” “Zionist control of the media is part of a vast web of Zionist power over banks & world governments, in their conspiracy to rule over humanity.”
Lack of a resolution between Israel & Palestine is one of several major regional conflicts preventing justice & stability in the Middle East. Outside powers such as the U.S. & Europe have played & play a role in sparking & perpetuating these conflicts. “The Israel-Palestine conflict is the root of violence & instability in the Middle East / of America’s bad relationship with Arab countries.” “Everything would be better if Israel was destroyed,” etc.

I agree with most of the statements in the LEFT column – I am not sure about the role of the US in the media coverage in Europe – nor am I sure that the US and/or Europe as such have directly fuelled the conflict – to me it seems more like they have been opportunists and used the situation to their advantage after the fact. Any way – the above table is exactly what I have tried to convey in discussions with violent Anti-Semites and Anti-Semitic statements – criticism of Israel is ok – when it is warranted – but don’t cross the line into Anti-Semitism, knowingly or unknowingly.The above Table is from “The Past Didn’t Go Anywhere,”

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Protocols of the Elders of Zion and the Third Reich

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on June 2, 2007


“. . . To what extent the whole existence of this people is based on a continuous lie is shown incomparably by the Protocols of the Wise Men of Zion, so infinitely hated by the Jews. They are based on a forgery, the Frankfurter Zeitung moans and screams once every week: the best proof that they are authentic. What many Jews may do unconsciously is here consciously exposed. And that is what matters. It is completely indifferent from what Jewish brain these disclosures originate; the important thing is that with positively terrifying certainty they reveal the nature and activity of the Jewish people and expose their inner contexts as well as their ultimate final aims. The best criticism applied to them, however, is reality. Anyone who examines the historical development of the last hundred years from the standpoint of this book will at once understand the screaming of the Jewish press. For once this book has become the common property of a people, the Jewish menace may be considered as broken (Mein Kampf pp 307-308).”

I read this, and am astounded. I know a man who sounds like this every time he mentions the Jewish people, Israel or Zionism. Now, here in 2007. But that is not the issue – the issue is how was the PEZ used in the Third Reich? The idea that denying something is proof that what is denied is true was not a new idea – the Roman Catholic Church had used it during the Inquisition – the logic goes like this “if there is nothing to deny, then why do you bother to deny it?” Damned if you do and damned if you don’t…if you float you’re a witch and will be killed, if you don’t float, then you are dead anyway.This meant that nothing that was said either by the Jews or by their non-Jewish supporters could or would make any difference. Anything would be taken as evidence that the Protocols were indeed true, after all, hadn’t the Tsarists been ousted in Russia due to this devilish plan, didn’t history show that where ever there were strife and riots, there were Jews? So the Protocols were indeed planted in fertile soil:

Nora Levin states in her The Holocaust: The Destruction of European Jewry 1933-1945:

…”it was in Germany after World War I that they had their greatest success. There they were used to explain all of the disasters that had befallen the country: the defeat in the war, the hunger, the destructive inflation (19).”

Despite the fact that the Protocols had been exposed as a forgery as early as in 1921, it became the most popular book in Germany during the 20’s and 30’s – the Germans of that time ate it like candy. Why shouldn’t they have, after all it had all the trimmings of a good conspiracy theory – dark, clandestine meetings, money, a plan that threatens all of humanity and a clear perpetrator, that lived in the neighborhood? Hitler didn’t create Anti-Semitism, he merely played into Anti-Semitic sentiments that had been around since the times of the Romans. He refined it to a point where industrial extermination of the Jews not only became the order of the day, but a necessity. Something the German people had to do to survive as a national entity. In order to understand how an entire Nation can go psychotic, one has to understand that Anti-Semitism was not something unique to Germany – it was prevalent all over Europe and the US, and several countries did in fact have Anti-Jewish laws or restrictions and sentiments in place.

The US

“In 1939 a Roper poll found that only thirty-nine percent of Americans felt that Jews should be treated like other people. Fifty-three percent believed that “Jews are different and should be restricted” and ten percent believed that Jews should be deported. The United States’ tight immigration policies were not lifted during the Holocaust, news of which began to reach the United States in 1941 and 1942 and it has been estimated that 190 000 – 200 000 Jews could have been saved during the Second World War had it not been for bureaucratic obstacles to immigration deliberately created by Breckinridge Long and others.”

The UK

“Though there was some growing anti-semitism during the 1930s, this was counterbalanced by strong support for British Jews in their local communities leading to events such as the Battle of Cable Street where anti-semitism was strongly resisted. There was never wholesale persecution of the Jews before or during World War II in Britain. At the same time, however, Britain was not particularly receptive to Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazi regime in Germany, and the other fascist states of Europe.”

Only in Germany was it ground into everyday thinking. It is human nature to grasp a straws, any straws when exposed to disaster, and that more than anything made it possible for Hitler to make the Protocols a document of truth. Also, let’s not forget that Hitler did bring Germany out of its depression, he built the industry and he did feed the hungry Germans. It’s very easy to then go along with whatever else such a leader might suggest.

By the time of the end of WWII, approximately 6 million Jews had been murdered because of a document that 44 years earlier had been determined to be a forgery – something at least one high-ranking Nazi officer, Erich von dem Bach-Zelewsky, acknowledged:

“I am the only living witness but I must say the truth. Contrary to the opinion of the National Socialists, that the Jews were a highly organized group, the appalling fact was that they had no organization whatsoever. The mass of the Jewish people were taken complete by surprise. They did not know at all what to do; they had no directives or slogans as to how they should act. This is the greatest lie of anti-Semitism because it gives the lie to that old slogan that the Jews are conspiring to dominate the world and that they are so highly organized. In reality, they had no organization of their own at all, not even an information service. If they had had some sort of organization, these people could have been saved by the millions, but instead, they were taken completely by surprise. Never before has a people gone as unsuspectingly to its disaster. Nothing was prepared. Absolutely nothing (20).”

Thank G-d for small blessings…

Other Entries in this series:

Shalom!

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Why people spewing Anti-Semitism are not JOKES II

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on May 24, 2007



Illustration is © Ketutar Jensen – used with permission.


It seems that calling a spade a spade is not appreciated by the “general public” and causes the Powers That Be to interpret the laws of the land rather widely and arbitrarily for this reason I cannot attribute most of those quotes – but if you email me in private I will verify the authenticity. But no matter – the fact remains that Anti-Semitism flows through the ether, and despite what many believe is not a phenomenon of the Past.

So what do Modern Anti-Semitism look like – what do Modern Anti-Semites say, and what does it mean? I have written before about how people on the Radical Far Left with or without deliberation use the three concepts, Israelis, Jews and Zionists interchangeably. Those who do it deliberately do it because they have an Anti-Semitic agenda – they really truly believe that not only is there a Jewish conspiracy, they also believe that any Jewish person who does not publicly renounce their birth-right and themselves become Anti-Semites is a part of this conspiracy and a worthless human being – example from an earlier blog entry:

“In that sense, there is no such thing as a good Jew. For a Jew to become a valuable human being, they must recant Jewishness and become what’s known as a former or recovering Jew. They must embrace unreservedly the rest of mankind as their equals, regardless of their heritage, nationality, religion or race. They must become Earthians, no more and no less.” ( Jewish consciousness and the river of denial my bold)

It can hardly be said any clearer. The only good Jew is a Jew that is not a Jew. And as long as he is a Jews he is not human.

When Jews stop being anti-everyone except themselves will we be able to come to a peaceful understanding.”

This is just an echo of the old idea that a Jewish person has no loyalty for the country he was born and raised in, and will betray that country either in favor of other Jews or simply because he/she is Jewish. A modern repetition of the Dreyfus-affair in sentiment.

“There needs to be equality. If there were, then we would not have to condemn the Palestinians and find excuses for the Jews.

This is a really interesting statement, because it on one hand calls for equality, and on the other hand sets the entire Jewish People apart as something that is somehow being excluded positively from the rest of humanity. It also implies that the entire Jewish People needs to be excused for something; in this case something the author believes the Palestinians are being condemned for. This is a common reasoning on the Radical Far Left, if one is not condemning every Jewish person alive or dead for all the bad that happens to the Palestinians, one is making excuses for “the Jews”.

“I respect people’s right to their beliefs and think that this is just another ploy by the Americans and Jews to make the Muslims more equated to terrorism.

The Americans and Jews needed another example of how Muslims get too emotional and violent over what most of the world might deem as “trivial”.

“And when all is said and done, I’ll go a step further and say that the militant wings of Islam have been made possible by its oppressors. Yes, the U.S., Israel, and Jews around the world.

“There’s no denying that these 3 groups—Israelis, Jews elsewhere, and Americans, are working hand-in-hand to make Muslims look bad.

I “like” those four – that Muslims are being equated with terrorism is not the result of the actions of a few terrorists, but the doing of all Jews and all Americans…and how some Muslims re-acted to the Muhammad Cartoon Controversy is not the responsibility of those few Muslims, it’s was all orchestrated by the American s and the Jews, and that there are militants among Muslims is the doing of Israel, the US and all the Jews in the world. Then the idea that there is a conspiracy to make the Muslims look bad…all directed by the Jews, with some help from the Israeli and the Americans. Do you hear how this is beginning to sound like the screen-play for a filmatization of the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion”?

I don’t think it was a co-incidence that the PEZ originated in Pre-Leninist/Stalinist Russia, where the need for the rulers to control the masses through conspiracy-theories were greater than in the rest of Europe. That in my opinion is also why the PEZ is revered by the so many people on the Radical Far left, especially in this day and time – after all, in the Western World, enemies to do battle with are getting fewer and fewer, as more and more proletarians move up the social-economic ladder and become middle-class. See earlier entries

“Again, you are making ridiculous requests that I prove how every Jew around the world thinks. Haven’t you heard of representative populations?

This is a most “innovative” response to a protest against the author making blanket-statements about Jews as having some sort of “hive-mind” that makes them incapable of independent thinking, and the subsequent request that he give some substantial evidence of this.

“Representative populations…” Indeed Benjamin Disraeli was right about lies – there are three kinds, lies, damned lies and statistics. But it falls back to the idea that the Jewish People are somehow exclusive and disloyal because they are Jewish, or bound to follow some sort of Jewish party-line, regardless of their own personal inclinations.

Why are all of those quotes Anti-Semitism? Simply because they express prejudice against an entire People. One can easily substitute the word “Jew”/Jews” with “Black”/”Blacks” and then just sit back and wait for the angry “Racism!” retort from the Afro-American Community. Try it – just alter the statements to fit in “Afro-Americans” and see how it looks.

Those quotes are not Jokes, and not a laughing matter, because in the end they do target an entire People and make an entire People fair-game for all sorts of abuses – from discrimination in the work-place and schools to genocide. There is nothing funny about that. It wasn’t funny when the Romans did it, it wasn’t funny when Hitler or Stalin did it, and it is not funny now when Iran, the Radical Far Left, the Extreme Right and and their sympathizers do it.

The Radical Far Left often profess that they are not targeting all Jewish people, only the one’s in the Israeli government that are responsible for whatever bad things the Palestinians are going through that specific day, but if that was true, one really have to ask: Why not change the rhetoric to reflect this intention? After all, isn’t it better to be heard clearly than to be drowned out by accusations of Anti-Semitism and constantly having to explain that you are not criticizing the entire Jewish People?

Other entries in this series:

On the matter of Anti-Semitism
On the matter of Anti- Semitism II
On the matter of Anti-Semitism III
Why people spewing Anti-Semitism are not JOKES

Shalom!

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Nazis in the US Army…

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on July 12, 2006


“An article in the National Alliance magazine Resistance urged skinheads to join the Army and insist on being assigned to light infantry units.

The Southern Poverty Law Center identified the author as Steven Barry, who it said was a former Special Forces officer who was the alliance’s “military unit coordinator.”

“Light infantry is your branch of choice because the coming race war and the ethnic cleansing to follow will be very much an infantryman’s war,” he wrote. “It will be house-to-house, neighborhood-by-neighborhood until your town or city is cleared and the alien races are driven into the countryside where they can be hunted down and ‘cleansed.’ ”

He concluded: “As a professional soldier, my goal is to fill the ranks of the United States Army with skinheads. As street brawlers, you will be useless in the coming race war. As trained infantrymen, you will join the ranks of the Aryan warrior brotherhood.” (New York Times)

Nothing in this surprises me – what does surprise me is that the Bush Admin is letting it past the printers. This story only confirms what the rest of the world already knows – that Bush and Co. and Hitler and Co has a lot more in common than what the average Amrican knows and will admit.

Let’s not be duped – Aryan Nation and National Alliance may be called “neo-nazis” and “white supremacists” by the press – those labels are misleading – there is nothing “neo” about their Nazism – it’s just the plain old stuff wrapped in a nicer paper by the press, so we won’t think that those good American boys are REAL Nazis.

News Flash!: They are. They always have been. Bush and Co are just the Upper and Middle Class version of it, so no wonder they go about recruting grunts from the lower tiers in Society, grunts make good cannon-fodder.

Shalom!

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