Friday, September 04, 2015

Leftists hate mentions of the Nazis (unless they are doing it)

Hence the complaint below.  They don't present any evidence that the comparisons are inaccurate though

Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott loves a rhetorical flourish, but it may be time for him to change up his metaphors.

In an interview on the Sydney radio station 2GB on Thursday, the prime minister linked the Islamic State's brutal techniques of oppression to the Nazis' attempted genocide of the Jews.

"The Nazis did terrible evil but they had a sufficient sense of shame to try to hide it," he said. "These people boast about their evil, this is the extraordinary thing." The discussion came as the Australian government weighs up whether to join U.S. air strikes in Syria against the group.

The term "Nazis" immediately trended on Australian Twitter, as people expressed their disgust with the comparison.

This hardly the first time Abbott has reached for the National Socialists to make a point.

On the same radio station in September 2014, Abbott made a very similar argument about the terrorist group. "We’ve seen in the century just gone, the most unspeakable things happen, but the atrocities that were committed by the Nazis, by the communists and others, they were ashamed of them, they tried to cover them up," he explained. "This mob, by contrast, as soon as they’ve done something gruesome and ghastly and unspeakable, they’re advertising it on the internet for all to see." ....

Surely we can agree it's time all politicians retired the Nazis from their verbal repertoire.  [What?? No more "Bush=Hitler" placards?  I guess not.  But will we see "Trump=Hitler"?  Seems likely]


PM Abbott is sticking to his guns


Anonymous said...

I have long thought that ISIS is very much similar to the Nazis and that the World should put a stop to them before they can do as much damage as the Nazis did.

Anonymous said...

ISIS is learning and improving its techniques based on what the Nazis did, after all, there was no social media back then and no global support group.

Anonymous said...

I think Abbot's comparison is accurate. How on earth can you fault his statement?

Anonymous said...

Whether accurate or not the comparison is over-used and even called "Reductio ad Hitlerum". A PM should use more original speeches.

Use the Name, Luke said...


I think Abbot's comparison is inaccurate, not because he used the Nazis, but because he claimed they had a sense of shame. They didn't. The Nazis were very proud of what they were doing. That's why they documented everything. They wanted to show future generations how they achieved their magnificent Thousand Year Reich.

That documentation is why we tend to talk about the atrocities committed by the Nazis instead of the even greater atrocities committed by the Soviets or Mao's Cultural Revolution.

stinky said...

Inapt use of this comparison is overdone, but in this case it is indeed apt. The evidence confirms as much.

Bird of Paradise said...

The nazis were liberals Hitler was a liberal

Anonymous said...

Does Obama still think they are a JV team? Given the opportunity ISIL will surpass everything the NAZI's did. I do agree that the lefties believe only they are able to designate the title of NAZI to anyone they disagree with.

Olaf Koenders said...


Liberals in Australia are right wing, where in Europe Liberals are left-wing. In any case, Abbott's right in what he said in some ways, but the comparison isn't necessary. Leave that out, just keep the facts.