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  •  I understand the commenters above (9+ / 0-)

    who think that regardless of the horror of Angola, implicit comparisons to Auschwitz are uncalled for. It is certainly true that far too often we see comparisons of modern events to the crimes of the Nazis in the Holocaust, when in fact there aren't many instances in human history that truly can compare in scope (the erasure of Khwarezmia, Stalin's purges, Mao's Great Leap Forward, a few others). Usually comparisons to modern day events are overblown to the point of offensiveness.

    However, I think the diarist is making a valid point here. The ugly history of American slavery over more than two centuries and many generations is at least as great a blot on our history as the Holocaust is in Europe, whether the crimes are exactly comparable in other ways or not.

    But whereas we could not read the fictitious Weisman/Auschwitz example in the diary as anything but fiction, because such a punishment would have historical resonance that would make it unthinkable in Germany, it is not necessary to imagine Angola prison. It is all too real, has no resemblance to anything that could be called "justice", and has a nauseatingly evil historical background that differs only trivially from its present.

    Important diary. Tipped and recced.

    My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.
    --Carl Schurz, remarks in the Senate, February 29, 1872

    by leftist vegetarian patriot on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 09:21:48 AM PST

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