Thursday, February 12, 2004
Politics and history: Last weekend I finally got around to seeing "The Pianist." The movie is the story of Polish Jewish concert pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman and how he survived World War II through luck and the help of friends and other people who risked their lives to save him from the concentration camps.
There are several scenes in the movie which show the utter disregard for human life the Nazis had. One memorable scene had a German officer stopping a group of Jewish workers, picking out 8-10 at random, ordering them to lie down, and then methodically shooting each once in the head -- one by one.
As I watched the movie, what I started thinking about was how
some many on the left love to liken President Bush to Adolf Hitler and Republicans to Nazis. Not only is it wrong and offensive to Bush and the Republicans, but such comparisons also have the effect of minimalizing and trivializing what happened to millions of Jews.
I write this now because Fox News is showing clips of today's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing where Democrats are complaining about the GOP leaking memos that at least cast the Democrats in a bad light, and at worst show some of them to be corrupt.
New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, the architect of the Democrats' ideological litmus test for judges, has likened the leak of memos, which were stored unprotected on a shared computer server, to "Stalinist Russia...it's like Nazi Germany..."
Senator. No it is not. It is not even close. And your suggestion that it is is offensive and disgusting.