Monday, February 06, 2006

Rumsfeld - Hitler on the Mind

United States Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld obviously spends a lot of time thinking about Adolf Hitler. Back in May, he resorted to the Nazi leader for a comparison to Zarqawi. Prior to that, he ruffled Russian feathers by comparing Lenin to Hitler.

Last week, Rumsfeld was back on the Hitler comparison, dropping it on Venezuela's Hugo Chavez in his bizarre statement that "He's a person who was elected legally — just as Adolf Hitler was elected legally . . ."

While it's certainly understandable that a member of the Bush administration would view legal elections with disdain, Rumsfeld's obsession with Hitler is more than a little bizarre.

Godwin's Law is a tradition on the internet that once such a comparison to Nazis or Hitler is made, the thread in which the comment was posted is over and whoever mentioned the Nazis has automatically lost whatever debate was in progress. While the comparison may be apt once in a great while, resorting to Hitler is almost always a form of "going nuclear" when logic and calm analysis are failing you. Like when you're advancing Bush's foreign policy . . .

1 Comments:

Anonymous dolphin said...

On the otherhand, since Rummy DID bring it up.

Hilter was "legally" put in power, but did not achieve a popular vote win.

Shortly after Hitler gaine power the Riechstag, the German capital builing, was set of fire.

That prompted Hitler to immediately start talking about TERRORISM, and how he needed to keep Germans safe from terrorism.

In order to "keep the German people safe from terrorism" Hitler pushed through legislation that gave him sweeping powers and severely limited the rights and freedoms of the German people.

and the rest of course is history.

Now, far be it from me to make such a comparison, but I'm wondering if Rummy would be willing to think about whose actions THOSE resemble, as he ponders the rise of another Hitler.

2/06/2006 7:36 AM  

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