Letter to the Antidefamation League
I have been reading the press releases on your site and I have some questions about ADL’s position on use of Hitler/Nazi references in politics. I want to start by saying that I deeply respect the feelings of survivors and their families. I understand that you’ve stated this is an issue of sensitivity to their feelings.
My questions are: Would you ever consider it appropriate?
If so, what would it take for you to consider the comparison justified?
If not, how should we illustrate fascism when it occurs in government policies?
If we don’t make the comparison, how do we keep it from happening again?
Please believe that I do not take this issue lightly. I am very concerned about a pattern of Christian extremism in the Bush Administration’s actions and policies. I am dismayed at their assault on civil rights, on religious freedom, and their push to define America as a “Christian nation”. I am concerned that they are manipulating our media; that they believe they are fighting a “Crusade” in the Middle East. I am afraid that Michelle Malkin’s book “IN DEFENSE OF INTERNMENT: THE CASE FOR "RACIAL PROFILING" IN WORLD WAR II AND THE WAR ON TERROR” may presage a new wave of internments in the U.S. They’re already holding citizens for months on end without access to counsel or the courts. They’ve committed war crimes in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay. The President was elected illegally twice, and his family fortune came from dealing with the Nazis.
Imagine how I felt when he, an American President, stated that my religion is not a religion. It is unbelievable.
These are just a few examples. When does it become comparable to the Nazis for you? Do they have to use napalm in America instead of Iraq, as they just did? What number of people have to be locked up without due process? They are systematically torturing people who may easily have no connection to Al Quaeda or the “insurgence” in Iraq. Women and children have been raped in U.S.-run detention centers. The point where they begin locking large numbers of people up because of who they are seems too late to me to sound the warning.
I understand that millions died under the Nazis – Jews, Gypsies, Catholics, Gays, and pretty much anyone who wasn’t “with them”. I don’t want to see it happen again, especially since I believe I belong to one of the first groups the Neo-cons will go after.
Shouldn’t the ADL be the first to warn people of any resurgence of fascism?
Thanks for your help. I’ll await your response.