March 20, 2005

IS IT EVEN A SLUR ANYMORE?:

"LITTLE EICHMANNS" AND "DIGITAL BROWNSHIRTS":Deconstructing the Hitlerian slur. (Victor Davis Hanson, March 18, 2005, National Review)

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.


They've called us Nazis so often over the past few years I whistle the Horst Wessel Song in the shower.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 20, 2005 6:26 PM
Comments

The "shower" reference is unfortunate, given the context.

Posted by: ghostcat at March 20, 2005 7:16 PM

One oddity, as I recall was that one of the first to make the Bush/Hitler comparision was a German Minister of all people, which I thought was cute.

At least she was nice enough to resign.

Posted by: h-man at March 20, 2005 7:40 PM

Another well overcooked word is fascist. I wonder what percentage of those that bandy the word around know it's true meaning?

Posted by: Tom Wall at March 20, 2005 7:57 PM

A fascist is anyone who thwarts me. (Sorry, was channeling my inner trustafarian there for a second.)

Posted by: joe shropshire at March 20, 2005 8:03 PM

We must seek to understand the anxiety and anger of those who use such harsh words and recognize that their words reflect their honest beliefs and point toward their inner desire for a just, humane and inclusive society, which they is as being at risk, if not under all out attack by the those on the radical right.

Enough "BS", we need only remember that those folks are just acting as all cornered rats would act.

Posted by: Dave W. at March 21, 2005 12:26 AM

Words like 'Nazi', 'fascist' and 'racist' are so devalued as to be completely worthless is current dialogue. The problem is that there really are Nazis, fascists and racists out there who need to be called on it, quickly and harshly.

Posted by: bart at March 21, 2005 6:44 AM

"YOU DERE! NO SINGINK IN DER SHOWER!" Jokes aside, The old Commie line of calling every anti-Communist a "fascist" is fading into obselescense. This biggest reason for this is the anti-Zionism of the Left. It's almost fun to watch. Leftist hesperophobia draws them toward the camel-jockeys, who are spiritually descended from the real Nazis.

Then too, the Left is caught up in the culture of death, partly from reflexive hostility to Christianity, and partly from the homosexual drive to sunder sexuality fom life. We all know who the real "Nazis" are.

Posted by: Lou Gots at March 21, 2005 12:35 PM
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