Russia, the new nazi Germany?


This video is called Hitler’s Holocaust 2 of 6 The Decision.

By Owen Jones in daily The Guardian in Britain:

David Cameron and the cynicism of comparing Putin to Hitler

Vladimir Putin is responsible for some awful human rights abuses in Ukraine, but Cameron drawing parallels to Hitler is a cheap, politically motivated shot

Wednesday 3 September 2014 11.35 BST

Oh, here we go. The west’s escalating showdown with Vladimir Putin has led to Adolf Hitler being invoked. According to David Cameron, the west risks “repeating the mistakes made in Munich in ‘38”, making it clear the role he sees the Russian leader as assuming. Putin was able to flatten Chechnya at the beginning of the century without such inflammatory comparisons – Tony Blair even cheered him on – but it was only a matter of time before western leaders began flinging Nazi comparisons around in the Ukraine crisis.

The west comparing its latest enemy number to the German Fuhrer has been a standard tactic for decades. When Egypt’s General Nasser nationalised the Suez Canal in 1956, Britain’s prime minister, Anthony Eden, compared him to Hitler, while Labour’s Hugh Gaitskell opted for a comparison with Benito Mussolini. Serbia’s Slobodan Milosevic was the Hitler of the late 1990s, and the US dabbled with describing former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in these terms too. On the eve of the Iraq war, Saddam Hussein was repeatedly compared to Hitler, with Donald Rumsfeld even casting George W Bush in the role of Winston Churchill. The media abounded with such parallels in the build-up to the Iraq disaster, with one Telegraph article headlined “Appeasement won’t stop Saddam any more than Hitler” and even suggesting Iraq could bomb Southampton. On either sides of his rapprochement with the west, Libya’s Colonel Gaddafi faced the Hitler treatment, too.

In and of themselves, these comparisons are self-evidently ludicrous. Hitler was a racist totalitarian dictator who presided over the world’s only attempt at industrialised genocides of entire peoples, killing tens of millions in the process. It is possible to regard foreign leaders as deeply unpleasant and abusive of basic human rights without believing they are Hitler. There is plenty of space between “democracy that respects human rights” and “genocidal totalitarian regime with ambitions to conquer much of the world”. Cameron’s comparison will undoubtedly fuel anti-western sentiment among the Russian population: after all, the Soviet Union was absolutely instrumental in the defeat of Nazism, suffering well over 20 million fatalities. In the case of Russia, comparisons to Hitler could hardly be more insulting.

But the propaganda purpose is clear. Hitler is the most despised leader in history; everybody rational agrees that intervening was the right thing to do in that case. Those who demanded his appeasement are utterly discredited by history, and therefore it is highly effective to regard opponents of current western wars as the same dangerously naive, inadvertent friends of tyrants that can only be defeated. It is obvious in hindsight that the appeasers were wrong; their inheritors will one day be seen in just the same way after they have inflicted similar damage, or so the narrative goes.

There is no doubting the pernicious role of Putin. Pro-Russian rebels in the so-called Dontesk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic have been found to be arbitrarily detaining civilians and subjecting them to torture and other terrible mistreatment. Terrible human rights abuses have been committed by such rebels.

But let’s not pretend Ukraine’s government are champions of human rights either. According to Human Rights Watch, they have been using “indiscriminate rockets in populated areas” in violation of international humanitarian law. There have been unlawful, indiscriminate attacks by both government and rebels in Luhansk, and Ukraine’s government has shelled civilians in Dontesk, too. Amnesty International has similarly damned pro-Kiev vigilantes in eastern Ukraine. Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian civilians have fled for the Russian border.

War between the west and Russia is clearly unthinkable, and only a negotiated settlement involving all parties in Ukraine can provide lasting peace. The ceasefire announced by Ukraine and Russia is promising, and needs to be supported to ensure that it lasts. Let’s resist the Hitler comparisons, which intend simply to shut down any reasoned discussion, to demonise all those who are not hawks, and to ratchet up tension. Soon enough, though, western leaders will settle on a new enemy number one, and the Hitler comparisons will begin all over again.

Also from The Guardian today:

Far from keeping the peace, Nato is a threat to it

It was the prospect of Ukraine being drawn into the western military alliance that triggered conflict in the first place

French Rightist politician praises Hitler’s genocide


This video is about Hitler’s Roma Holocaust.

From the (conservative) Daily Mail in England:

French politician provokes outrage by suggesting Adolf Hitler ‘did not kill enough Roma gypsies

French politician causes outrage after stirring up memories of holocaust

In an incendiary outburst, Gilles Bourdouleix also accuses gypsies of incest

Calls made for UDI party leader Jean-Louis Borloo to sack his colleague

By Peter Allen

PUBLISHED: 12:48 GMT, 23 July 2013 | UPDATED: 12:50 GMT, 23 July 2013

A French politician has caused outrage by suggesting that Adolf Hitler ‘did not kill enough’ Roma gypsies.

In the latest ferocious attack on travellers, MP Gilles Bourdouleix stirred up memories of the Holocaust, when the Nazis sent thousands of gypsies to the gas chambers because Hitler believed them to be sub-human.

Mr Bourdouleix, who represents a constituency in the Maine and Loire region of west France, was visiting an illegal Roma camp in the town of Cholet, where he is deputy mayor, when he made the incendiary comments.

Surrounded by armed police, Mr Bourdouleix was trying to persuade the new arrivals to move on.

But as he began to speak to community leaders, some of the Roma gypsies standing by began to make Nazi salutes in his direction.

Mr Bourdouleix was recorded by a local journalist saying: ‘Like what, Hitler didn’t kill enough’.

Challenged about his comment by some of the Roma men, Mr Bourdouleix said: ‘You compared me to Hitler, do you think that’s nice?’

Mr Bourdouleix then accused the community of incest, saying: ‘The other day, they called me a paedophile, even though half of their children are from fathers and grandfathers.’

Fabien Leduc, the journalist who recorded Mr Bourdouleix, has since transcribed a word-for-word account of the recoding.

Expel: Jean-Louis Borloo is now considering throwing Mr Bourdouleix out of the UDI Party

It has persuaded Jean-Louis Borloo, leader of Mr Bourdouleix’s party, the centre-right UDI, that he should consider expelling his colleague.

He said: ‘Whatever the real and unacceptable provocation the deputy mayor of Cholet, Gilles Bourdouleix, was subjected to, nothing justifies the remarks apparently made by him.’

Jean-Christophe Lagarde, the secretary general of the UDI party, meanwhile tweeted: ‘The words of Bourdouleix, even though made in the heat of the moment, were intolerable and incompatible with the values of the UDI.’

Mr Lagarde added: ‘The only possible sanction is his expulsion from the UDI, and this should be adopted by the executive committee next Wednesday.’ …

French politicians from both Right and Left have launched an onslaught on Roma gypsies in recent years, destroying their camps and deporting them back to countries including Romania and Bulgaria.

The First American Anti-Nazi Film [1934], Rediscovered: here.

Hitler ‘superhero’ in Thailand


This video is called An Alfred Hitchcock documentary on the Nazi Holocaust.

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Thai university apologises for ‘superhero’ Hitler billboard

Nazi leader depicted on banner hailing Chulalongkorn graduates alongside Batman, Captain America and the Incredible Hulk

Monday 15 July 2013 11.28 BST

Thailand‘s leading university has apologised for displaying a billboard that showed Adolf Hitler alongside Superman and other superheroes, saying it was painted by ignorant students who did not realise the image would offend anyone.

The huge billboard was placed outside the art faculty of Chulalongkorn university as part of a tribute to this year’s graduates.

It said “Congratulations” in bold white letters and showed Hitler with his arm raised in a Nazi salute next to Batman, Captain America, the Incredible Hulk and Iron Man.

“[We] would like to formally express our sincere apology for our students’ superhero mural,” the art school dean Suppakorn Disatapundhu said in a statement on Monday. “I can assure you we are taking this matter very seriously.”

The billboard was up for two days before being removed on Saturday in response to criticism. Online photographs showed graduating students in their robes, mimicking Hitler’s raised-arm salute.

Suppakorn said new art students had painted the banner as part of a traditional send-off from incoming students to the graduating class, and it was one of dozens of banners and billboards across the campus during the university’s commencement period.

The artistic vision behind the picture was to show that good and bad people co-exist in the world, Suppakorn said after summoning the students for an explanation.

“They told me the concept was to paint a picture of superheroes who protect the world,” the dean said in a telephone interview.

“Hitler was supposed to serve as a conceptual paradox to the superheroes,” he said, noting that the superheroes were painted in vivid colours while Hitler’s image was in grey. “This kind of thoughtless display will not happen again.”

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre, an international Jewish human rights group, had criticised the banner before its removal.

“Hitler as a superhero? Is he an appropriate role model for Thailand’s younger generation – a genocidal hatemonger who mass-murdered Jews and Gypsies and who considered people of colour as racially inferior?” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean at the centre, in a statement on Friday.

“The Simon Wiesenthal Centre is outraged and disgusted by this public display at Thailand’s leading school of higher education.”

The study of history in the Thai school system revolves primarily around the history of Thailand and its long line of kings. World history is glossed over, with little or no mention of the Holocaust.

Flemish racists celebrate Hitler’s birthday in parliament


This video says about itself:

The Hidden Face Of The Vlaams Belang (1/8)

Nov 18, 2007

A Belgian documentary on the Flemish far-right party Vlaams Belang and its disturbing past and present.

Translated from an interview by Michael Lescroart with Bart Debie, ex-police commissioner and ex-Member of Parliament of the extreme Right political party Vlaams Belang; in the (conservative) Belgian daily Gazet van Antwerpen, paper edition, 9 March 2013:

“On Hitler‘s birthday, Vlaams Belang representatives celebrate in the parliament’s restaurant”

Yes, there are people in Vlaams Belang with hardline nazi sympathies. That includes members of parliament. After they had some drinks, I have seen them make the Hitler salute.

I have also filmed them doing that. …

Eg, on Hitler’s birthday it was their custom to have a little party in the restaurant of the Flemish parliament. Then, they drank to the health of “uncle Marcel”. A code name for the Führer. I have always really had problems with this.

See also here.

Neo-nazis and anti-nazis in Germany


This video is called German National Socialist Underground & Intelligence Services.

By Victor Grossman in Germany:

How Germany treats anti-fascists as the enemy

Friday 01 February 2013

Significant anniversaries are coming thick and fast at the moment, from 80 years since Hitler became German chancellor last Wednesday to 70 years since his army’s defeat at Stalingrad tomorrow.

Another important date comes in a couple of weeks. February 14 is the anniversary of the bombing of Dresden, which has become a focus for neonazi marches in the city.

Two years ago I joined organisations which had come together to stop the annual nazi marches, with their “hate foreigners” and “Germany for the Germans” messages.

Most city leaders, shamed at last into some sort of reaction, held hands in a mile-long anti-nazi protest – but far away from the nazis’ planned route across the Elbe river which divides Dresden.

After all, the courts had ruled it a legal march, entitled to police protection.

Many took a different view and an estimated 18,000 anti-fascists came to Dresden. Despite containment by hostile police they blocked the nazis, who crept home after an aborted “march” of about 100 yards from the railway station.

All was peaceful until the evening, after most of us had left. There was a brief melee between the police and a small group of militants of the “black bloc” kind.

But the police also broke violently into the nearly empty headquarters of the anti-fascists – and the Left Party – in a move later found to be illegal. The secret tapping into virtually all mobile telephones that day was an equally dubious move, probably illegal.

Dresden’s “city fathers” – also its “mother” mayor – now want no more such blockades, not even fully peaceful ones.

Therefore, after an almost incredible two-year delay, a court has sentenced a 36-year-old family father from Berlin, never before arrested, for allegedly using a megaphone to urge the anti-fascist crowd to move forward.

He was engaged in no violence. It’s not even clear whether he really was the man with the megaphone.

All the same he was sentenced to 22 months in prison, without probation, for “breach of the peace” – longer than most neonazis get for actual violence in the rare cases when they are tried.

The judge displayed his bias with the words: “The people of Dresden are sick of getting visited by demonstrators.”

Another participant who took part in the anti-nazi action two years ago, a Protestant pastor, will be put on trial in March for allegedly “inciting violence.” The intent of these and similar cases is all too clear. Let nazis march. And don’t let anyone stand, or sit, in their way. The left is the enemy.

To make this clearer on the national level Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich has now announced that the Constitutional Protection Agency, Germany’s answer to the US FBI, will continue to secretly observe members of the Left Party.

But not all the members.

It will now keep its suspicious eye on those with “extremist connections,” which means members of perfectly legitimate groups within the party which he considers a danger to the “free democratic basic order” of the country.

That includes groups such as the Communist Platform, with about 1,250 members, and smaller groups like the Marxist Forum, the Anti-Capitalist Left, the Socialist Left and Cuba Si, all of them fully official caucuses within the party.

As one Left Party Bundestag deputy stated, this is a tactically motivated, unacceptable step.

“Instead of exercising humility in light of his party’s scandalous failure in connection with 10 fascist murders, the bombing and bank raids by the nazi National Socialist Union and the insufferable failure of the Constitutional Protectors in preventing them or finding the killers, he is stubbornly sticking to the same old cold war agenda.”

The aim of the right-wing minister is clearly to split and thus destroy the Left Party. The left-wing groups he threatened are the elements in the party most opposed to electoral agreements with the Social Democrats and Greens, which they view as unprincipled as well as harmful.

Others, despite continued put-downs and insults from the Greens and SPD, still dream of a three-party coalition. This line, promoted by some during the recent election in Lower Saxony, proved disastrous.

With a diluted Left programme too many voters thought “we might as well vote for a winner like the SPD or stay at home.” The Left lost all its seats.