For the record, I think we have gotten past the point in this country where "Godwin's Law" is applicable. When we can't even be bothered to tally the number of Iraqi deaths this war has caused, it's a little difficult to argue moral equivalencies.
George Soros's words often kick up storms. And another storm has hit.
This time it's about comparing America today and Nazi Germany -- and how states deal with their not-so-pleasant pasts. Just for the record, Soros also included Turkey and Japan in his mix of history-denying countries that faced obstacles in approaching their futures in a healthy way.
[..]But the right wing hates George Soros. And the NeoCons (on the right or the left) hate him more.
[..]So, what exactly did George Soros say(?) Here, is a recap from the New York Post that adds to an original item written by Floyd Norris's "Davos Diary" for the New York Times:
After asserting that the United States is recognizing the error it made in Iraq, Soros said, "To what extent it recognizes the mistake will determine its future."
He went on to say that Turkey and Japan are still hurt by a reluctance to admit to dark parts of their history, and contrasted that reluctance to Germany's rejection of its Nazi-era past.
"America needs to follow the policies it has introduced in Germany," Soros said. "We have to go through a certain de-Nazification process."
Soros spokesman Michael Vachon told Page Six: "There is nothing unpatriotic about demanding accountability from the president. Those responsible for taking America into this needless war should do us all a favor and retire from public office."
Martin Peretz in The New Republic under a small header "The Madness of King George" (more aptly applied to the current occupant of the White House) and a subsequent title, "Tyran-a-Soros" has written the most vile depiction of the Soros commentary :
George Soros lunched with some reporters on Saturday at Davos. He talked about spending $600 million on civil society projects during the 1990s, then trying to cut back to $300 million, and how this year it will be between $450 and $500 million.
His new projects aim, in Floyd Norris's words, to promote a "common European foreign policy" (read: an anti-American foreign policy) and also to study the integration (or so he thinks) of Muslims in eleven European cities.↓ Story continues below ↓
He included among his dicta a little slight at Bill and Melinda Gates, who "have chosen public health, which is like apple pie." And then, after saying the United States was now recognizing the errors it made in Iraq, he added this comment, as reported by Norris in The New York Times' online "Davos Diary": "To what extent it recognizes the mistake will determine its future."
Soros said Turkey and Japan were still hurt by a reluctance to admit to dark parts of their history and contrasted that reluctance to Germany's rejection of its Nazi-era past. "America needs to follow the policies it has introduced in Germany. We have to go through a certain deNazification process."
American arrogance is tough enough for the world to handle -- but arrogance after botching up a war that has resulted in the deaths many tens of thousands and displaced millions while U.S. citizens at home enjoy a comfy life of tax cuts and Desperate Housewives -- is even more over the top.