President Obama issued a statement yesterday to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day. He noted that survivors who bore witness to ‘the horrors of the cattle cars, ghettos, and concentration camps have witnessed humanity at its very worst and know too well the pain of losing loved ones to senseless violence.’ (We noted below how some in Europe chose to mark the day, which takes place each year on January 27, the day Soviet troops liberated Auschwitz.)
The idea that all violence is ‘senseless’ violence is one that has taken deep root on the left; it’s also, unfortunately, one that poses a major impediment to understanding the world.
Nazism may have been an ideology to which the United States was — and to which the president is — implacably opposed, but it is hardly ‘senseless.’ By the early 1930s, the Nazi party had hundreds of thousands of devoted members and repeatedly attracted a third of the votes in German elections; its political leaders campaigned on a platform comprising 25 non-senseless points, including the ‘unification of all Germans,’ a demand for ‘land and territory for the sustenance of our people,’ and an assertion that ‘no Jew can be a member of the race.’ Suffice it to say, many sensible Germans were persuaded.
What the what. Eliana is arguing that because some aspects of Nazism make sense, like “let’s make sure everyone is employed” and let’s be better than the rest of Europe,” that it wasn’t senseless to murder 6,000,000 Jews. To criticize the President for his statement commemorating the Holocaust. This confuses me,