Wednesday, February 13, 2008

John McCain's Brother and the Dachau Death Camp

Recently LGF reported that a member of Barack Obama's campaign staff hung a Cuban flag and a picture of Che Guevara on the wall of the Obama Houston campaign office. The Obama staffer's indifference to Cuban mass murder reminds us that the possibility of equivalent tragedy remains. This is especially because of the American education system's agenda of belittling limited government in the interest of unlimited democracy, political correctness and left wing groupthink.

John Lukacs has argued that all socialism in the twentieth century was national socialism. In Germany, the Nazi-Sozi Party rejected Marx's internationalism, as did Stalin, who like Hitler advocated "socialism in one country". Mao's socialism was also nationalistic. In Stalin's and Mao's cases, the New York Times and American mass media overlooked the murder of tens of millions of human beings in the interest of precious left-wing ideology. Today, Barack Obama's staffers, educated in benighted American schools, continue to apologize for mass murder. How much butchery is enough for the left?

Merle Levine just sent me a post that appears on several sites, such as Menorah Blog that quotes Joe McCain, John McCain's brother, about Jewish history. McCain notes that he went to the concentration camp memorial at Dachau:

"I stood in the center of Dachau for an entire day, about 15 years ago, trying to comprehend how this could have happened. I had gone there on a side trip from Munich, vaguely curious about this Dachau. I soon became engulfed in the enormity of what had occurred there nestled in this middle and working class neighborhood. How could human beings do this to other human beings, hear their cries, their pleas, their terror, their pain, and continue without apparently even wincing? I no longer wonder. At some times, some places, ANY sect of the human race is capable of horrors against their fellow man, whether a member of the Waffen SS, a Serbian sniper, a Turkish policeman in 1920's Armenia, a Mississippi Klansman."

I too took the commuter train from Munich to Dachau in the winter of 1975. Too, the scene depressed me. The proximity of the town to the concentration camp struck me. There is no possibility that the events there weren't known to the local citizens. While I was there, four mindless American tourists were clowning around the ovens, pretending to push each other in. While on the plane home from Europe I read Hannah Arendt's Eichmann in Jerusalem, which served to reinforce what I had intuited in the concentration camp, which was the same as Joe McCain.

The fact that a campaign staffer could put the flag of a mass murderer in the campaign office of a major American candidate is one more bit of evidence that the left has learned little from its persistent failures and butchery.

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