Charles Krauthammer can’t help himself. He is a desperate man. Like Pavlov’s dog he cannot help lapping at Hitler’s corpse when presented with the opportunity. Krauthammer, like a good neo-conservative soldier, throws everything including the kitchen sink at Iran. Krauthammer wants to attack Iran like he wanted to attack Iraq. He wants the United States Government to feed his bloodlust by attacking Iran. He wants the citizens to fall in line by exploiting the memory of the Holocaust and using it as an emotional hammer to bludgeon us into submission.
Charles Krauthammer is a deeply cynical dangerous warmonger. He paints the picture of Jewish suffering and the attempted annihilation of Jews by Hitler:
For 2,000 years, Jews found protection in dispersion — protection not for individual communities, which were routinely persecuted and massacred, but protection for the Jewish people as a whole. Decimated here, they could survive there. They could be persecuted in Spain and find refuge in Constantinople. They could be massacred in the Rhineland during the Crusades or in the Ukraine during the Khmelnytsky Insurrection of 1648-49 and yet survive in the rest of Europe.
Hitler put an end to that illusion. He demonstrated that modern anti-Semitism married to modern technology — railroads, disciplined bureaucracies, gas chambers that kill with industrial efficiency — could take a scattered people and "concentrate" them for annihilation.
Then he applies the emotional coup de grâce:
His successors now reside in Tehran. The world has paid ample attention to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s declaration that Israel must be destroyed. Less attention has been paid to Iranian leaders’ pronouncements on exactly how Israel would be "eliminated by one storm," as Ahmadinejad has promised.
He wants us to dispense with reason and follow him down his cynical journey:
As it races to acquire nuclear weapons, Iran makes clear that if there is any trouble, the Jews will be the first to suffer. "We have announced that wherever [in Iran] America does make any mischief, the first place we target will be Israel," said Gen. Mohammad Ebrahim Dehghani, a top Revolutionary Guards commander. Hitler was only slightly more direct when he announced seven months before invading Poland that, if there was another war, "the result will be . . . the annihilation of the Jewish race in Europe."
Until finally we are in a box of his making and overcome with emotion we shout to the world, "Never again!":
When Iran’s mullahs acquire their coveted nukes in the next few years, the number of Jews in Israel will just be reaching 6 million. Never again?
I would have some empathy for Krauthammer and may have been duped into believing that his argument might be heartfelt save some inconvenient history. Krauthammer and his cohorts have dragged around the corpse of Hitler whenever it suited them. They are always tilting at the corpse of Hitler whenever they want to aim the immense military might of the United States at their chosen foe.
So it was with Saddam before we were misled into attacking Iraq:
Former CIA Director James Woolsey warns that Saddam Hussein "poses the same kind of threat to the United States that Hitler posed in Germany in the mid 1930s when the British and the French kept postponing dealing with him in the way that some people are advocating dealing with Saddam how."
The corpse of Hitler also comes to the rescue whenever we need to bash Hugo Chavez:
"I mean, we’ve got Chavez in Venezuela with a lot of oil money," Rumsfeld added. "He’s a person who was elected legally _ just as Adolf Hitler was elected legally _ and then consolidated power and now is, of course, working closely with Fidel Castro and Mr. Morales and others."
And now this nation’s tired guns are being pointed at Iran. Krauthammer tag teams with William Kristol and others in pulling the corpse of Hitler through the American town square. They scream, "Never again! Never again!" and they want us to join in on the chant.
The trotting out of Hitler to justify another first strike by the United States is so without merit that it really does not warrant a substantive rebuttal. It merits only ridicule. That and the obvious observation that if Israel so chooses it could wipe Iran off the map with a massive nuclear strike.
Krauthammer and his cohorts are desperate to go for the trifecta before their time in power runs out. With Iraq dispatched they have their sights on Iran and Syria. I hope the American people will not be fooled again. We should meet these baseless and cynical attempts at fear mongering and collectively shout at Krauthammer and the neo-conservative fanatics that we will not be fooled again. We should collectively shout: "Never Again!"