Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Comparing Assad to Hitler

A mistake that was kind of a technicality. Saying Hitler didn't even stoop so low as Syrian President Assad in using chemical weapons when, in fact, Hitler did use chemical weapons in the concentration camps. I've never been a Trump supporter so it's funny to see his staff stumble, but I do kind of get the valid point that Spicer was trying to make. What Assad has done puts him into the category of Hitler.

As for Holocaust denial, it wasn't that long ago that former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called the Nazi Holocaust a "myth" of European Jewry. Things can be like Hitler in today's world; especially in the Middle East.

Part of my own tribe of "liberals" is making a big deal out of this verbal slip up, which is what journalists and Twitter folks like to do, but in the long run, it may not be that substantive an issue.

A more substantive issue is something like the huge cuts to Amtrak train service that are proposed in Trump's budget request. Amtrak may be taken away from over 200 communities; especially rural communities.

2 comments:

Robert Ashworth said...

Comment to this post on my Facebook wall.

Forgetting about the Holocaust is not a "verbal slip", it is willful ignorance on the issue of using chemical weapons to kill people. Also, to say that Hitler never used gas attacks in the military sense does not mean he didn't want to use them. His Generals adamantly opposed his proposal to use mustard gas and other types of chemical attacks on the Eastern Front against the Russians. The German generals knew the Russians had chemical weapons too and would use them in retaliation.

So what would make Assad or his Generals fear to use chemical weapons?

Steve.

Robert Ashworth said...

My reply.

Willful ignorance or just plain ignorance. Seems like the "top" Trump staff doesn't even exhibit the knowledge of history that you have. Interesting about Hitler's own generals opposing his proposal to use mustard gas. I wouldn't know what would make Assad, or his generals, fear the use of chemical weapons. That would be a good thing for the world to figure out.

Robert.