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  •  I had relatives who died in the (1+ / 0-)
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    death camps.  I believe comparisons to the Nazi regime should be used only where there is a true parallel, in scope and cruelty.  These comparisons whould be saved for real tyranny of the kind we are not even beginnning to glimpse in America.  Otherwise, the lesson is diminished.

    "How am I not myself?" -- I ♥ Huckabees

    by Joelarama on Fri Sep 29, 2006 at 12:32:20 AM PDT

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    •  Well, the present (1+ / 0-)
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      situation in Irak is taking on, more and more, the scope of that cruelty - and I am fearful that this is only the beginning if there is not soon a shift in the US government.

      Besides that dead-camps in Germany weren't there from the very beginning. The US does not yet have dead camps, at least non we know of, but it sure has concentration camps, one of them Gitmo. So I do think the comparison is needed, just to learn from it and to become aware of the mechanism and hopefully to be still able to turn the wheel around. What happend in Germany should never ever happen again - but I am not hopeful about that anymore.

      Read the European view at the European Tribune

      by fran1 on Fri Sep 29, 2006 at 12:39:38 AM PDT

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      •  I think it is worth remembering as well (0+ / 0-)

        that the junta now controlling our country wasn't born in January 2001.  They've been around for decades, steadily increasing their control, despite setbacks under Carter and Clinton, and they have an extensive history of death squads, proxy armies, of support for brutality in the name of realpolitik, etc..  What they are capable of we should not underestimate, in terms of cruelty and scale and we shouldn't ignore their track record for cruelty and scope of cruelty.

        a hope that may come close to despair

        by epppie on Fri Sep 29, 2006 at 02:26:42 AM PDT

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