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Sunday, June 24, 2007
Peter Mehlman: At Least Hitler Meant Well
Well, this was inevitable. Peter Mehlman, most famous for being co-executive producer for Seinfeld[*], argues that at least Hitler (and other dictators) meant well, unlike Bush:
I have long been used to "progressives" saying things like, "At least the Soviets meant well" -- they wanted to create a New World populated with New Men who were above greed and ambition and all those nasty things. Sadly, they had all those pesky "old" Men (i.e., homo sapiens) standing in their way.
But right after September 11, I thought it would be impossible for them to justify Bin Laden; after all, his aim was to force all Muslims (and quite a number of other people) to live under a 7th-century religious code that was notable for being unfriendly to women, gays, and freedom in general. But, no! When it came down to a choice between excusing Bin Laden or supporting George Bush, they found it was no choice at all: Bush unter alles!
Hitler has been the ne plus ultra, the gold standard, of evil. Surely, even those who excuse Bin Laden, who march in the streets carrying signs reading "Bush=Hitler", can't possibly sink any lower? Surely they can't now excuse Hitler?
Thanks, Pete, for demonstrating how low you can go. Got any relatives spinning in their mass graves?
[*]A series which contained only trace amounts of humor. If your doctor prescribes a low-humor diet, ask him if Seinfeld is right for you.