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  •  The problem with that (1+ / 0-)
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    is that the place where it is is deemed so uniquely and unapproachably evil, that no action or deed is so awful that it can be compared with what happened with the rise of Nazis at any stage or in any aspect.

    Which means we are deliberately refusing to remember the past.  Refusing to remember how Nazis arose out of seemingly civilized circumstances.

    So if it ever does happen again, we will refuse to see, or feel unable to call out the comparisons until it is too late.

    It does need to remain awful, as it was awful.  But we need to recognize that we humans are more than capable of doing this over and over again.  It is a real threat, and we should be shouting from the rooftops if we ever even smell it's scent again, not dismissing concerns with charges of Godwinism.

    •  Well put, well said, well done. catesby (0+ / 0-)

      Also, you seem to want to forget this event by demystifying it

      here the commentor unconsciously reveals his own myth that the event was so terrible it is an absolute terror that brooks no comparison or understanding, only shock and awe.

      If we can only remember such an  event by creating a myth, a mystery, a mystification such as a religious wonder meme, we are doomed to be unable to cope with a similar or the same process arising in the here and now until it topples our own civilization.

      cast away illusions, prepare for struggle

      by Pete Rock on Thu Dec 30, 2010 at 10:27:11 PM PST

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      •  But this diary perpetuates the myth... (0+ / 0-)

        that genocide and imperialism are somehow unique to the Western world.

        We shouldn't focus on the western world, because such an event could arise anywhere, and by creating a myth that the western world is somehow unique, we are doomed to be unable to cope with such an event arising in the here and now.

        Hell hath no fury like a cat ignored...

        by Gatordiet on Thu Dec 30, 2010 at 10:59:22 PM PST

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        •  No, the "uniqueness" is the exact opposite (0+ / 0-)

          of what the diarist is aiming at.

          The danger is to mythologize and render impossible to learn from in a useful (as in, avoiding and being proactive towards the next genocidal activity)

          It is a shock to the conventional wisdom to consider this even as a striking example but not on a pedestal to be venerated and never to be examined in context again.

          cast away illusions, prepare for struggle

          by Pete Rock on Thu Dec 30, 2010 at 11:42:37 PM PST

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