Thursday, August 13, 2009
From the New York Times. I agree with them. It really is a simple matter - how can one recognize another potential Hitler without direct access to an example of the type of rhetoric he used? Mein Kampf is basically a book Hitler wrote about how awesome he saw himself to be, especially in the beginning where he talks about what a sharp chap he was as a kid. Even the original title he wanted to use shows this: Viereinhalb Jahre (des Kampfes) gegen Lüge, Dummheit und Feigheit, or Four and a Half Years (of Fighting) Against Lies, Stupidity and Cowardice. Not every dictator is the same, but one sign that you're dealing with a potential one is the continued reference to one's country's faults being a result of Enemy X, and Enemy X alone.
(بله خامنه ای و احمدی نژاد درباره ی شما میگویم، چرا دشمنتان آن قدر وجود داره؟)
The Bavarian government says it won't republish the book because it will "play into the hands of the far right", but it's available on the internet anyway, which is where groups like that thrive.