[lit-ideas] Re: Aren't you glad you no longer have a Hitler problem?

  • From: Omar Kusturica <omarkusto@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2006 23:16:06 -0700 (PDT)

--- Lawrence Helm <lawrencehelm@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Question:  I think Eric and I have enough bone fides
> to indicate that we
> would have been in the American minority that
> "recognized the terrible
> danger of Adolf Hitler."  After all we now
> "recognize the terrible danger
> of" Islamism and so would very likely be of a mind
> to recognize the danger
> of Hitler.  

*It does not follow that because you and Eric think
that you perceive a terrible danger of Islamism, you
would therefore have recognized the real danger of
Hitler. Hitler did not mount a terrorist attack in New
York, so Eric would probably have gone on biking in
Manhattan cheerfully and wouldn't have worried about
the Holocaust. Also, Hitler was a white man, European,
of Christian origins, secular, all of which lead me to
suspect that you and Eric would probably have been
more sympathetic to him. He was also a militaristic
strongman, something you two obviously find appealing.

The real question is, what would you Eric and think if
you were living in Germany in the 1930s ? I have
little doubt that you would have been in the front
raws of that crowd frentically cheering Hitler.


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