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Don’t politicize Nazi horrors

November 29, 2009

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RECENTLY I visited the post office in Norwood to renew my daughter’s passport, when we ran into a group of protesters with large President Obama-as-Hitler posters. You know the ones - Obama’s face with the Hitler moustache penciled in. We are in danger of minimizing the awfulness of what Hitler and the Nazis did during their reign of terror in Europe in the 1930s and ’40s. They launched a world war and ordered and implemented the systematic extermination of millions of Jews, gypsies, homosexuals, and others they considered undesirable.

The posters seemed more intent on demonizing the president than on protesting his policies, but given they were from the Lyndon LaRouche movement, I think that they were protesting the president’s healthcare plan.

Whatever your opinion in the healthcare debate, don’t compare it to the Nazis. As the memories of the Nazis’ horrors fade, it is important that we don’t allow political opportunists to use Nazi analogies to demonize every policy they disagree with and in the process diminish the scale of the crimes against humanity committed by the Nazis.

BRENDAN MULLEN
Westwood

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