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  •  It was just as senseless if they'd not been at war (3+ / 0-)
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    Minnesota Deb, rbird, CA wildwoman

    Why not left-handed folks?  Blue-eyed?  Those with any finger longer than their middle finger?  People named Smith?

    To invest all hatred in any group of people defined by something so common and typical as maternal lines, to attribute supernatural powers to them, and yet to believe them inherently inferior, is senseless and irrational at any time, in any circumstances.  

    To comiitt genocide is monsterous.

    To commit genocide against such a group, on such a basis, is the most mosterous of irrationality or senseless monstrosity.

    Any time, any place, in any context.

    •  Indeed (1+ / 0-)
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      CA wildwoman

      You're absolutely right.  Why destroy a part of your culture because of magical thinking about an ethnic group?  At least for me it's a given that such thinking is not only morally corrupt, but highly irrational and senseless.

      My point, the Prez was absolutely dead-on about the Holocaust being senseless for a whole host of reasons, including the waste of valuable resources in wartime.  It's a good demonstration of just how irrational such hate is, to put it before survival.

      Nazism had many non-rational components to it, so many, to someone looking at it from the outside, it takes on many aspects of a religion.  Some Germans, interviewed years after the war, described their feelings toward the Nazi state and Hitler in almost religious terms, a "fever" that had taken hold of them.

      It's important, I think, to push back against the idea that the Nazi state was in any way "rational" or "efficient."  This strange idea is embedded in our culture, you can even see this theme at work in an old Star Trek episode.  It's everywhere, even in recent shows on the History Channel.  Nazi Germany was neither rational nor efficient.  They weren't supermen.  They were evil men whose brains were full of shit.

      Tell me what to write. 'To know what is right and to do it are two different things.' - Chushingura, a tale of The Forty-Seven Ronin

      by rbird on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 03:41:26 PM PST

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