Pat Buchanan’s Nazi apologetics

One thing I should just make clear right away: The title of this post is not a hyperbole. I never much liked the Bush=Hitler thing I saw over the past five or six years of the previous administration, and the comparisons that come up now from the extreme right wing and the Lyndon LaRouche cult are just plain absurd. So I’m not just carelessly tossing around a phrase like “Nazi apologetics” with only superficial support.

There’s no need to take my word for it though. Check out his column on MSNBC.com which marks the 70th anniversary of Hitler’s invasion of Poland.

Jamison Foser at Media Matters provides some context from Buchanan’s history of sympathy for the Nazis, as has Zachary Roth at Talking Points Memo.

Buchanan: John Cleese started WWII

Buchanan: "John Cleese started WWII"

I’ll have to quote a bit at length to get into the context of where Buchanan’s argument falls apart:

On Sept. 1, 1939, 70 years ago, the German Army crossed the Polish frontier. On Sept. 3, Britain declared war.

Six years later, 50 million Christians and Jews had perished. Britain was broken and bankrupt, Germany a smoldering ruin. Europe had served as the site of the most murderous combat known to man, and civilians had suffered worse horrors than the soldiers.

By May 1945, Red Army hordes occupied all the great capitals of Central Europe: Vienna, Prague, Budapest, Berlin. A hundred million Christians were under the heel of the most barbarous tyranny in history: the Bolshevik regime of the greatest terrorist of them all, Joseph Stalin.

What cause could justify such sacrifices? The German-Polish war had come out of a quarrel over a town the size of Ocean City, Md., in summer. Danzig, 95 percent German, had been severed from Germany at Versailles in violation of Woodrow Wilson’s principle of self-determination. Even British leaders thought Danzig should be returned.

It might be almost understandable for a columnist to take the German invasion of Poland as merely a result of “a quarrel over a town the size of Ocean City, Md. in summer” as the events were actually unfolding 70 years ago. But now we have the benefit of hindsight, as historians have for over half a century now. We have the Nazi internal records and transcripts of Hitler’s speeches and lots of other lines of evidence which converge on an explanation for the Nazi invasion of Poland being the first step of a psychopath’s strategy to conquer the world. I can’t believe something like that even needs to be pointed out anymore. Then Buchanan goes on to claim that the Holocaust was really all the Allies’ fault. What a douchebag.

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