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Wait...

Did Obama just invoke Godwin's Law?

EDIT: Can I make a dry joke without the Hounds of the Baskervilles descending upon me?

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shotglass
Oct. 8th, 2008 02:18 am (UTC)
Took the words right out of my mouth. I don't understand why people except maybe direct descendants of those involved (not just the Jews, either :\) get so upset about it. It was a historical event. A really regrettable, terrible one, but it's not as though not talking about it and not drawing comparisons to it will make it all better.
willfor_iv
Oct. 8th, 2008 02:24 am (UTC)
Maybe I just prefer more toned down, friendly debates in my old age (I am almost ancient by JRPG standards...), but I don't think there should be any subjects that just plain shut down discussions so long as both parties are willing to discuss them on civil terms.
shotglass
Oct. 8th, 2008 02:40 am (UTC)
In general, it irritates me that people will treat certain subjects as though they just Cannot Be Discussed or else the one bringing them up is an insensitive clod. There actually are things that are bad enough to be compared to what happened in Germany, and in other cases, so long as we're not being flip about it, it's possible to draw parallels from Nazi-ism to other things that make good, rational sense. What confuses me is that these people will then talk about Stalin's policies or Mao's policies without flinching. Hitler's just that special of a little snowflake? Really?

But my god, civil discussions... They seem next to impossible on the internet unless you're only talking to a closed group of people who are all fairly civil themselves.
otosaretatenshi
Oct. 8th, 2008 05:24 pm (UTC)
Hitler's little mustache makes him special.
samuraiter
Oct. 9th, 2008 12:44 am (UTC)
(I am almost ancient by JRPG standards...)

You're 15, Willfor?
willfor_iv
Oct. 9th, 2008 12:54 am (UTC)
I will be 23 this coming monday.