DATE: 12/31/2003 04:06:00 PM
Reductio ad Hitlerum - Best of the Web on Opinion Journal points out a major violation of Godwin's Law:
"I consider the act absolutely brutal, threatening human rights, violating human dignity, xenophobic and worthy of the worst horrors committed by the Nazis."The quote is from Brazilian Judge Julier Sebastiao da Silva and what's he referring to is not the mass murder of millions, but of US plans to fingerprint and photograph Brazilians who visit the United States. That's right, Judge de Silva is equating the systematic elimination of over 6 million Jewish people with the act of placing one's fingers in ink and pressing them to a piece of paper.
Hitler analogies are over. This year, we were bombarded with images and slogans from the anti-war/anti-Bush crowd that compared the American president to Hitler and the US to the Third Reich. The comparison to Hitler has simply become shorthand for something one doesn't like, an easy way to demonize one's opponent without facts or reason. It's a favorite tactic of late on the left (just check out DemocraticUnderground) and it's disgraceful. Not only are such analogies usually nonsensical, they belittle the true horror of the Holocaust. Perhaps Judge de Silva should rent "Schindler's List" or visit the Holocaust Museum to refresh himself on the differences between fingerprinting and mass murder.