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On The Nature Of Ideology

08 February 2015 @ 02:17

Sultan Kunish [tip of the fedora to Instapundit]:

Auschwitz just shows us the final stage. It doesn’t show us the sympathy for the Nazis, the willingness of some on the left to see them as allies in overturning the existing system and the anger at the selfishness of the Jews in putting their own desire not to be killed ahead of world peace.

Auschwitz requires more context than just Hitler. It requires that we understand why so many countries and so many world leaders enabled him. And it is not a difficult thing to understand. All we need to do is look at the response to Muslim attempts to kill Jews before and after the Holocaust.

It was easier to appease the Nazis. It is easier to appease the Muslim world. The Jews were not seen as a canary in the coalmine; instead, like the Czechs and then the Poles and then everyone else, they were an obstacle to making a deal with the devil. Today it’s the Nigerian Christians, the Burmese Buddhists and a long list of others around the world including the Jews of Israel who stand in the way of peace.

The Holocaust and the entire war happened because everyone wanted peace with Nazi Germany and refused to accept that Nazism was innately aggressive.

One Quibble: No, they refused to except accept that Nazism was, like all other Ideologies, pure and utter Evil incarnate.

Since The French Revolution, most of the people in The West have failed or refused to see that all Systems Of Ideas — all Ideologies — are creations of that force known as Evil.  And, as Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn said, ‘the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being’.

  1. theebl permalink
    08 February 2015 @ 20:19 20:19

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