It’s subscriber-only, but Martin Peretz notes that Barack Obama backer George Soros has made a reference explicitly comparing the Bush administration to Nazi Germany, and declaring that the country has to go through a “de-Nazification” process. (Hat tip, Instapundit.)
Last week at Davos, Soros made the likes of Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn look downright patriotic. The New York Post writes that after asserting that the United States is recognizing the error it made in Iraq, Soros said, “To what extent it recognizes the mistake will determine its future.” Soros went on to say that Turkey and Japan still suffer from reluctance to admit to their dark moments in history, and contrasted that reluctance to Germany’s rejection of its Nazi-era past. “America needs to follow the policies it has introduced in Germany,” Soros stated. “We have to go through a certain de-Nazification process.”
There was a time when this stirred outrage, but now it just seems depressing. Because we know Obama will not feel the need to distance himself. We know no Democrat on Capitol Hill will feel compelled to say, “I strongly disagree with the policies of the Bush administration, but comparing them to the Nazis is out of line and beyond the pale.” We know that very, very few lefties will feel insulted or outraged that the country as a whole has been compared to Nazi Germany. We know that some lefty believing himself smart or funny will insist that Bush isn’t as smart as Hitler.
Any fear of demonstrating Godwin’s law got obliterated a long time ago.
Naturally, the lament at the Huffington Post is that “Neocons” are trashing him and the need for a “political purge” in America.