Saturday, March 12, 2005

Funny, I don't see any horns or tail....

There's a rule on internet message boards that the first person that mentions Hitler or Nazis automatically loses the argument. Fair enough. Typically, mentions of Hitler are merely overwrought attempts to cover up an inability to build a cogent argument in support of one's point.

But I think I've found a subject upon which comparing somebody to Hitler is probably apt. And I'm not talking about Saddam Hussein or even W. I'm talking about the jewbaiting apparently going on in Guantánamo Bay.
In one case, a lawyer said, a military interrogator recently told a detainee that he should not trust his lawyers because they are Jews. [...] "The government should not be trying to come between these people and their lawyers," Mr. Wilner said in an interview. "And I'm especially offended that they tried to use the fact that I'm Jewish to do it."
Wow. Just wow.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Godwin's law (also Godwin's rule of Nazi analogies) is an adage in Internet culture that was originated by Mike Godwin in 1990. The law states that:

As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.

There is a tradition in many Usenet newsgroups that once such a comparison is made, the thread is over, and whoever mentioned the Nazis has automatically lost whatever argument was in progress.