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  •  Sorry, Jed, but you're off the mark here (2+ / 0-)
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    steep rain, Chitown Kev

    It was the unique aspect of the Holocaust that its policies of genocide were the fruit of generations of anti-Semitic thought, art, myth, and bogus science, woven carefully and with enormous competence into European culture and thought generally, and into German culture specifically. This body of anti-Semitic doctrine was coherent and pointed, from the crudest blood libels of folktales (Chaucer's "Prioress's Tale" is a good example, though Chaucer makes vicious fun of the narrator) to the best achievements of German art and culture, which would include the Jew-hating infrastructure and Master Race theologies of Richard Wagner's masterpieces. "You cannot understand me," Hitler said, "without understanding Wagner," and he was not posturing--the theme of Wagner's final opera, Parsifal, is the racial composition of Christ's blood.

    The Holocaust, therefore, was perpetrated based upon centuries of evil thought and evil practice that had been carefully and over time structured into a coherent body of social and political and cultural doctrine.  

    To qualitatively equate such a historical event with killings randomly inflicted by the mentally ill or the merely stupid (I say nothing of the numbers, since that's not the issue) is simply to reveal that one has not really thought about the matter very hard.  

    I don't attribute malice to Obama, as the right wing nuts who have pounced on him about this do.  He simply hasn't thought much about the subject, and so he used a cliche to describe it, and the cliche--"senseless violence"--is wrong. Big deal. Let someone explain it to him and he will in the future choose better words when discussing the subject.

    Meanwhile, the right wing nuts can go to hell, even though, as I have described, the substance of their criticism is correct.

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