RT: Mitchell Feierstein
On November 12, CNN London anchor Amanpour made a comment about US President Donald Trump and his policies that not only exhibited the fallacy of false equivalence but also a serious misunderstanding of history and truth. Amanpour distorted the memory of the genocide committed during the Holocaust by comparing Trump’s policies to the Nazis’ 1938 pogrom Kristallnacht.
Kristallnacht was the “trigger event” that began the nightmare of the Holocaust and led to the mass murder of six million Jews. Adolf Hitler, Joseph Goebbels and Heinrich Muller ordered the murder of Jews and the destruction of their businesses and synagogues across Germany and Austria. The orders specified that these actions should be made to look like spontaneous demonstrations, should not be interfered with, and the victims should be arrested. In the first 48 hours of Kristallnacht, nearly 100 Jews were murdered, 1,000 synagogues were burned, almost 10,000 businesses were destroyed, and 30,000 Jewish males were arrested and sent to the death camps.
Eventually Amanpour did issue an apology, though of course not for what she had said, but for “any pain” her ridiculous statement had caused. A half-hearted apology for a half-baked analogy, seems fitting.
Seeking to minimize the dehumanization and demonization of Jewish religious groups and Kristallnacht’s events should send shivers down the spine of all humanity. Misrepresenting and rewriting history to change the significance of historical events, tearing down statues, burning books and allowing anti-Semitic hate speech to be broadcast significantly enables, emboldens and condones violence by Marxist organizations such as BLM and Antifa.
In a recent poll, 84 percent of Americans said they believe the media are responsible for creating division between groups. Long ago, the media were reporters. Today, they are political activists spewing propaganda, disinformation and lies with impunity. Dangerous rhetoric spreads hate faster than pouring petrol on a dried tinder-filled forest and lighting a blowtorch. None of this has any place in civil society and will only lead to a civil war.
It may be time to begin massive boycotts of everything “woke”, including all the political activists masquerading as journalists, all the Fortune 500 woke corporations funding this woke “revolution”, Hollywood/performing arts and all of the wokesters in professional sports.