There was once — and still is — a man named Daniel Jonah Goldhagen. He wrote a book “Hitler’s Willing Executioners.” As most of you probably know, he is not me and I am not he. But because the name Jonah half the name Goldberg are in there, lots of people think I am the author of that book. Someone, somewhere, on the internet must have recently re-asserted this because I’m a big influx of new email from people about how I could write that book and this or that in my columns. Here’s the latest.
I read your latest column about killing “the baby,” and thought I would pass on a thought or two that perhaps hadn’t crossed your mind. While you are a good writer and an intellegent person, I find it ironic that you write about Vietnam vets being called “baby killers” with a certain amount of outrage when in fact, we all know that some were actually that – they killed babies, women, girls, old men, etc. etc. These are facts and have been documented with photos. The reason I find this odd is because in your book, “Hitler’s Willing Executioners,” you obviously were quite shocked and outraged, and rightly so, by the killing of Jewish babies by the Nazis.
My question to you is this: Why are you defensive about the American atrocities committed in Vietnam and why do you not show the same level of outrage for Vietnamese babies killed by Americans?
It’s funny how morality is always viewed differently when it’s our guys doing the killing, don’t you think?