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It's hard to get surprised by Leftist characterizations of conservatives as fascists The epithet flows so freely that even members of the Senate have used it, the last time by an ex-Klansman. The latest version of the insult comes from George Soros, speaking at the Davos Economic Forum last week about the situation in Iraq. Claiming that the US needs to cleanse itself from conservatives, Soros compared the process necessary to that used by the US in Germany:
He went on to say that Turkey and Japan are still hurt by a reluctance to admit to dark parts of their 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 said. "We have to go through a certain de-Nazification process."
This is highly inflammatory and, quite frankly, anti-American. We do not purge people from the political process here. We use elections and free speech to determine the policies the nation wants implemented, and we elect our leaders on the basis of a free and unfettered franchise. Equating Republicans to Nazis and then suggesting that the government impose a process to exclude them from public office makes Soros much more of a fascist than anything he decries.
And of course, just like the rest of the private-jet Leftists, Soros didn't have the nerve to say this in the US -- where he would have generated an avalanche of bad publicity for anyone attached to his checkbook.
The New York Post, which reported this yesterday, notes that Soros has given heavily to Barack Obama's campaign after spending $26 million in a futile effort to defeat George Bush in 2004. Will Obama endorse his patron's call to "de-Nazify" the United States? (via McQ at QandO)
UPDATE: Interesting debate in the comments, and in the blogosphere as well. Supposedly those offended by Soros' comments are only attempting to cover our own complicity in the oppressive Bush administration -- you know, the one twice voted into office by the American electorate. The counterargument is that Soros meant that we need some kind of process for national reconciliation.
Well, if so, he chose the wrong example, and Soros knows better than to confuse de-Nazification with the South African Truth Commission. The latter was used to establish a commonly-accepted historical record of the abuses of the apartheid regime, the better to promote healing for the newly liberated South African state. De-Nazification was the systematic removal of Nazi party officials from German public life, the price that they paid for supporting a tyrannical and genocidal regime. Even suggesting that such a process is necessary for the United States is clearly meant as an attack on the Republican Party, even at its most symbolic interpretation.
As far as equating Soros' rhetoric with the accusation that Democrats are all traitors for opposing the war, I tend to agree. However, I don't indulge in that kind of character assassination, and it doesn't excuse it from Soros in any case.Sphere It View blog reactions
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