Thursday, September 03, 2009

It's what we always suspected

Yes, we have another confirmation: Pat Buchanan is a complete jackass.

It's not nice to say stuff like that about people, I know, but really, I can think of worse things to say. An excerpt follows, if you've got the stomach:

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.
Why did Warsaw not negotiate with Berlin, which was hinting at an offer of compensatory territory in Slovakia? ... why would Britain hand an unsolicited war guarantee to a junta of Polish colonels, giving them the power to drag Britain into a second war with the most powerful nation in Europe? Was Danzig worth a war? ...
Comes the response: The war guarantee was not about Danzig, or even about Poland. It was about the moral and strategic imperative "to stop Hitler" after he showed, by tearing up the Munich pact and Czechoslovakia with it, that he was out to conquer the world. And this Nazi beast could not be allowed to do that.
If true, a fair point. ... But where is the evidence that Adolf Hitler, whose victims as of March 1939 were a fraction of Gen. Pinochet's, or Fidel Castro's, was out to conquer the world?

The evidence is here: in the cost it took to turn him back. Mind you, this is one single, small town in upstate New York, and they lost 170 sons to the cause of saving the world from the tyrants of the Reich.

Sometimes I think that the Eastern religions have a point when they talk about the endless turning wheel, the theme of eternal recurrence. This song and dance has been heard before, and will be heard again - maybe Nefarious XYZ wasn't such a bad evil dictator/mass murderer/cult leader after all. It's in the upbringing... in the treatment they received from others... the people who oppose them are the ones really to blame.

Well, that's absolute bollocks. Granted that cruddy circumstances hurt a person and affect the things they choose to do - but they still have to choose. If they choose badly, well, even if they're not purely culpable, they can't be permitted to do it, nor can others be held guilty for responding.

Why does nobody credit an evildoer for his stated goals? When Middle Eastern despots lead hundreds of thousands in chanting "Death to America," dimwits waste time wondering exactly how much of our death will appease them, and set about trying to set that number to something "reasonable." So, is it just handicapped tourists? The occasional destroyed airliner? A Marine barracks? Two office buildings and a military complex? Tell me, Pat. Explain it to us simple folk.

How many speeches did Hitler have to make before invading Poland? How many camps did he have to open? Is Kristallnacht an aberration in your caboose-based little brain? (I suppose the Joooooos were askin' for it, the naughty minxes.)

These people have faces. They have stories. To imply in any manner that it was their own fault they got murdered - to then suggest that those who defend the rest of us are the real cause of it all - is infamous and despicable. It is, in no uncertain terms, exactly what their murderers say. Could you look their families and friends in the eye and say it in person, Mr. Buchanan? You, Sir, are a son of a bitch.

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