Do you know what Hitler and his henchman did? 11 million people died ghastly deaths. (And — as an aside — do you know about the spike of anti-Semitism in France?)
President Obama is Hitler? That is so offensive to anyone who has a family member who perished in that genocide in Europe. Most of my family came here after the first World War. Those who remained in Europe, perished. A lucky few went to Cuba in 1938, when our nation closed its doors to refugees.
But what this nation forgets is that US soldiers — my Uncle Willy among them — were sent to concentration camps after being captured in the Battle of the Bulge. My uncle survived, but, yes, Americans died in the concentration camps. And America forgot these soldiers.
And what happened in Europe in the 1930s and 1940s was not a holocaust. That is a ritual cleansing through fire. What happened in Europe was a shoah, a CATASTROPHE. Not just for Jews but for 5 — yes, 5 — million more people.
So, call it the Shoah. 11 million humans were burned or starved. Others survived, only to be scarred.
Shoah. Shoah. Shoah. SHOAH. Call it by its real name.
How dare you trivialize what Hitler did to Europe and its citizens. To families. To children.
And how dare you, by your comments, trivialize what happened in France this past week. The terrorized citizens of that great City of Lights. And, yes, especially the Jews among them.
President Obama should have sent someone to Paris. Bad decision. That is all. It isn’t mass murder.
The president should have been criticized for missing an opportunity to stand in unity with world leaders. The criticism should match the the offense.
What you said undercuts the validity of your criticisms of the president. It makes you sound rabid and crazy. There are very valid criticisms of President Obama (and I am a proud supporter of him).
But you have lost your credibility. Yes. Because you compared the president to Hitler. Because you sound crazy. (Since our government started an unnecessary war in Iraq that killed hundreds of thousands, would you call our former president or vice president Hitler?)
Try being the sane, loyal and temperate opposition to President Obama’s actions and even some of the president’s supporters might agree with you from time to time.
Why am I so flipped out? Because what you said hit a nerve. Maybe when all Jews who knew someone in a concentration camp are no more, then it won’t be as visceral. I imagine that every group that has survived a slaughter feels this way. We aren’t any different. Our scars are the same.
In the meantime, please brush up on your history.
~ a proud citizen of the United States of America disappointed with the vicious rhetoric