Well. Well. Um. Where to start? Should I say that in the ongoing battle between nature vs. nurture I’m siding with the side that will tell me “NO IT’S NOT THE GENES! PAT BUCHANAN HAD HIS CHANCE TO BE A DECENT HUMAN BEING LIKE ALL OF US.
BUT HE WASTED IT”.
So, well, four days ago (according to my time zone, anyway), 70 years passed since the second World War was started. Some people felt they should write something special to respectfully commemorate the many people who were killed by the Nazis. One of them was Pat Buchanan.
Where by ‘respectfully” I mean “the only thing he forewent to do was to piss on their graves”.
Where do we start? Oh, here:
Six years later, 50 million Christians and Jews had perished.
In Pat’s little world, there are no humans. There are only Jews and Christians. Great work, Pat! Way to go! Way to make it all about religion where in fact it was not.
(ETA: I just located a much longer and much more informative post @ Respectful Insolence. What I didn’t previously know is that apparently the whole “Christians and Jews” rhetoric is often used by Holocaust denialists in order to underplay the fact that what Hitler meant to do was TO EXTERMINATE THE JEWS, and HE ALMOST DID *SNAAAAARL*. Also, it was not about religion. You could have been an atheist Jewish person, a Buddhist Jewish person, you could have even converted to Christianity, AND YOU STILL WOULD HAVE DIED. This is how the Nazis “identified Jews”, see?)
But it only gets worse!
The German-Polish war had come out of a quarrel over a town the size of Ocean City, Md., in summer. Danzig, 95 percent German, had been severed from Germany at Versailles in violation of Woodrow Wilson’s principle of self-determination. Even British leaders thought Danzig* should be returned.
Oh yesssss, that’s definitely it! The war, it had nothing whatsoever to do, with, you know NAZISM! Or RACISM! Or the so-called Lebensraum ideology! And Hitler most certainly did not write a book titled Mein Kampf in 1926. A book that was full of gems such as:
Do continue, Pat. It’s so amusing, watching you as you show exactly what sort of disgusting little vile fuckwad you are.
Hitler had never wanted war with Poland, but an alliance with Poland such as he had with Francisco Franco’s Spain, Mussolini’s Italy, Miklos Horthy’s Hungary and Father Jozef Tiso’s Slovakia.
YEAH TOTES. Like, an alliance, after he killed half of the Slavs in a large, state-orchestrated ethnic cleansing, and enslaved the rest, at which the Nazis were quite successful, if you look at the body count in the article linked above:
Russia – 26.5 million war related deaths
Poland – official Polish government report of war losses prepared in 1947 reported 6,028,000 war victims out of a population of 27,007,000 ethnic Poles and Jews
BUT HITLER JUST WANTED TO BE FRIENDS WITH THEM SRSLY! HE WANTED AN ALLIANCE**! Pat Buchanan’s views on alliances: be careful, don’t form any with him.
Seriously, there are no words.
* And by the way, Danzig? It’s called Gdańsk, nowadays.
**Not to mention that the Polish junta at the time was most decidedly leftist. They were bloody putting the local Hitler-wannabes in bloody JAILS, you cretin.