…no nation in the history of battle ever suffered more than the Soviet Union in the Second World War. At least 20 million lost their lives. Countless millions of homes and families were burned or sacked. A third of the nation’s territory, including two thirds of its industrial base, was turned into a wasteland — a loss equivalent to the destruction of this country east of Chicago. (John F. Kennedy, American University Speech, June 10, 1963)
In writing a piece yesterday on my search for meaninglessness, I reflexively apologized for invocation of a Nazi analogy, saying “Not to go all Godwin on you.” I’ve been wondering why I did that. Analogies are sometimes appropriate, often not. As a class of analogy, Nazism compared to modern day United States often works.
“Godwin’s Law” is as follows:
As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches.
Mike Godwin says he came up with the concept because Nazi analogies trivialize the holocaust.
No event, historical or allegorical, has penetrated the American consciousness more than the Holocaust. Seventy years later our movies and bookshelves are still obsessed with Nazis.
Few of us know that over twenty-four million Russians died in that war, ten million Chinese, almost six million Poles. The group that stepped forward and siezed the official mantle of victimhood is the Jews, most of whom did not fight.
Such is the power of Jewish propaganda that we are forced to step back in reverence when mention of their war deaths is raised, and this is reinforced by Mike Godwin.
Most people had to rebuild, reconstruct their lives and move forward as best they could. Jews were given Palestine, much to the chagrin of Palestinians. I had something to do with a bogus historical claim on land. So please, it was a really nice reward. Shut up now.
The object of that war was to allow the rise of post-Versailles Germany. It was rearmed, all its aggression leading up to Barbarossa forgiven. Ultimately Germany was to bring down Mother Russia. That objective was shared by Germans, certain powerful British and American factions, and Japanese. It failed.
The Russians gave the most, lost the most, and were the primary victims of fascism. A neo-Nazi government installed now on their western border naturally concerns them. This particular aspect of history, western encroachment and aggression against Russia, is ripe for analogy. I propose we dispense with Godwin and talk about it.
Jews suffered immensely and are worthy of official victim status, but please, step back, let the other far more worthy victims enjoy a little sunlight. Let’s start with the Russian people, as it appears that fire of aggressive war is relit and growing.
Here’s some tobacco for your pipe.*
*I understand that the reader will be naturally suspicious of Russian sources, and only wish that in a rational world, such skepticism would be leveled at all sources of news and information.