THEIR VIEW: Evil then vs. evil now

Published on Thursday, 21 June 2018 21:32
Written by the Amarillo (Texas) Globe-News

Let’s leave the Nazi comparisons where they belong - to history.

In an example of historical ignorance or political lunacy, Michael Hayden recently fired off a tweet blasting the Trump administration for removing the children of illegal immigrants from their families when they illegally cross the nation’s southern border. Hayden made the comment “Other governments have separated mothers and children,” and included a photo of a Nazi concentration camp.

Who is Michael Hayden, and why should we care about his tweets? Well, when you are a former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and you compare a U.S. presidential administration to one of the most evil and infamous political regimes in the history of the world, you deserve to be called out for nonsense.

Depending on the source, there is valid criticism of the Trump administration for its so-called “zero tolerance” immigration policy, which has resulted in a reported 2,000 or so children of illegal immigrants being removed from their families at or near the border.

However, this “zero tolerance” policy amounts to zero when compared to the atrocities of the Nazis during the World War II era.

In the 1930s and 1940s, the Nazis killed about 11 million people, with the goal being the total and complete eradication of a single group of people - Jews.

And this evil goal of genocide was attempted using the most heinous methods, including gassing, starvation and mass execution.

What the Nazis did during this time was the most atrocious and barbaric act of the 20th century.

So perhaps Hayden and those who share his opinions of the Trump administration and its current immigration policy can please explain how a rational and logical person could make such an outlandish comparison.

Such absurd comparisons are an insult to those who perished under the Nazi regime, and also to those who fought (and died) to rid the world of this evil.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Editorials on Thursday, 21 June 2018 21:32. Updated: Thursday, 21 June 2018 21:34.