Thursday, April 17, 2014

Does Godwin's Law Apply?

From Wikipedia:  Godwin's law (or Godwin's Rule of Nazi Analogies is an Internet adage asserting that "As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1"--that is, if an online discussion (regardless of topic or scope) goes on long enough, sooner or later someone will compare someone or something to Hitler or Nazism.
While this is a somewhat humorous assertion when talking about problems with the subway system, it becomes frighteningly real when the scene of Jews being told to register with the government or lose their citizenship occurs in today’s world.  We cannot help but make the direct correlation to the horrors of the Nazi’s on the Jewish people.  We see in today’s society increasing condemnation of Israel and the entire faith of the Jewish people by those who would support Islam or radical Christian sects.  Supposedly liberal, and forward thinking peoples, are among those most vocal in their opposition to the existence of Israel as a mistake pushed by the British on the supposedly peace loving people of Palestine. Those actions give rise to the bigotry and anti-Semitism we see displayed today.
I rise in opposition to these intolerable acts.  The Martin Niemöller poem displayed at the Holocaust museum in Washington seems most fitting. 
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak for me.

It is a sad thing to see the affects of an inconsistent and ambiguous US foreign policy that has failed to maintain its support for the western principles that have served this nation so well since we abandoned the isolationists stance of the 20’s and 30’s.

1 comment:

EMax said...

Right in track on this one John. This was a news story that upset me more that any other lately because it clearly demonstrated a possible track that our world is taking without retribution. I'm sickened by the thought we could go back to those horrible days of over 70 years ago! HOW COULD WE, THE FREE PEOPLE TOLERATE THIS KIND OF BEHAVIOR? WE'RE BETTER THAN THAT!

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