In light of last week (Sean Spicer claiming Hitler had never gassed his own people) I had to take a few days to process this. I had to sort of what bothered me the most.
But, first let’s look at what he said:
But first of all: This was an unforced error—he didn’t have to say anything. He was talking off the top of his head, comparing Assad to Hitler. All of this was Spicer’s attempt to defend Trump’s aggressive retaliation (59 or 60 missiles, the number I wasn’t able to nail down) on Shayrat Airfield because of an earlier chemical attack authorized by Assad. This is despicable. Saddam Hussein gassed his own people, Kurds. Poison gas was used in both WWI and WWII. From all appearances it appears to be a horrible way to die. Nevertheless, Sean Spicer sought to invoke a comparison to Hitler when discussing the US response.
And here is where he got tripped up.
I’m still not sure what he was trying to say. I know if talking one to ten in terms of evil, Hitler is like a fifteen. So that’s where Spicer went. He went nuclear—when it wasn’t called for. But by doing so he first sounded like he was defending Hitler, I mean even he wasn’t so bad. I guess in an attempt to say if Hitler is a fifteen then Assad has to be a twenty on the Richter scale of evil. Keep in mind this is all subjective.
So he asserts Hitler wasn’t even so bad as to use gas, then to clarify—on his own people.
A so-called “charitable ambulance” Gekrat bus
Sonderbehandlung was a Nazi campaign developed to eradicate the country of the sick, elderly and those deemed no longer fit for work. A special van went out equipped to gas select individuals. The Nazi campaign was in operation from 1941 to 1944 and was later expanded to the concentration camps—thus, death camps. Not Holocaust centers.
These were Germans. Albeit: gypsies, vagrants, tramps, the “work-shy”, idlers, beggars, prostitutes, troublemakers, career criminals, rowdies, traffic violators, psychopaths and the mentally ill. Eventually, selections increasingly included political or other persecuted peoples, Jews and so-called asoziale. The other.
And, here is where I find Sean Spicer’s whatever you call it statement the most abhorrent—how could he forget that these were Germans? How did the very idea that Hitler disposed of humans at all escape his memory? His sense of history?
Now I’m not trying to say that Spicer is evil or compare him to Assad or Hitler, and I do believe he made a mistake; he misspoke if ever this phrase could be used, we can truthfully say it here. But how could he even begin this thread of logic? Without, of course, it unravelling. Just like it did for Hitler and Nazi Germany. All their explanations, eugenics, racism, etc eventually began to call attention to the fact THAT HE WAS ORDERING HIS OWN PEOPLE TO BE KILLED.
Eventually, people began to resist and stand up to what their country and government was doing. Stay tuned for next post.