The Nazi Within

The Nazis who excelled at subterfuge, plunder and crime projected all of those qualities onto us. In Nazi propaganda, Jews were sneaky, greedy and vile. Jews were responsible for the German loss in World War One. Jews were responsible for the hyper-inflation and then the Depression. Jews were the enemy and, if only we could be eliminated, Germany’s problems would disappear.That psychology allowed men to become animals and commit the atrocities at Auschwitz and Dachau. And that psychology is what allowed other men to commit atrocities in Viet Nam and Afghanistan [Note 1] and everywhere else that the scourge of war touches.We must not forget those who died in the concentration camps. We must not forget any of those who died in war. So let President Reagan go to Bitburg and redeem the dead. Not by excusing what the Nazis did. And certainly not by committing their sin and painting some new perceived enemy as the focus of evil in the world.Rather, let him truly redeem the dead by making our actions conform to the sacred pledge that we made in the spring of 1945 while the stench of death and the smell of victory were still fresh in our nostrils, that “We the peoples of the United Nations [are] determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind.”That would not only redeem the dead. It would redeem the living.

via The Nazi Within.

via The Nazi Within.

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