Some say Hitler killed six million Jews. He didn’t.
Some say Stalin and Mao killed even more people than did Hitler. They didn’t.
You German Jews and you Russians and you Chinese were killed by your friends and your neighbors and by strangers whose job it was to protect you.
That dreaded banging on the door announces the arrival of soldiers and police, some of whom are your neighbors, who only a few years earlier, had you and your husband and children as cherished friends and guests in their homes.
As the soldiers march in, with guns drawn, and giving commands, you say, “Karl, what are you doing? You are my friend for many years. Our children play together.”
Karl doesn’t listen as he herds you into a boxcar. He hates you, despises you, now.
How is it possible that in most nations of the world, people have more to fear from their own armies than from foreign invaders?
These armies all are populated by your fellow citizens, patriotic citizens, even loving friends, and now they are rounding you up.
To my knowledge, Hitler, Stalin, and Mao themselves never killed anyone. How were they able to elicit such savagery — torture, rape, murder — from otherwise decent people?
How did they convince millions of people to hate their own countrymen and women and children — to hate them so much they lined up innocent victims and shot them in the legs, so they could shove them into trenches and bury them alive?
What is the source of such human butchery?
You see it everywhere in dictatorships from North Korea to China to Venezuela to the Philippines to Myanmar. Everywhere.
You see desperate families turned away at our border or inhumanely separated and caged.
These are good people, whose only desire is to make a better life for themselves and their children, just as you yourself would do — just as your own ancestors did when fleeing harsh conditions to make the perilous trip to America.
Why do you not speak out? Why do you hate them? More importantly, how can the soldiers and police, decent people whom we honor, participate in such horror.
What do they tell their families when they come home after a day of cruelty to innocents?
The facts tell you that immigrants are more law-abiding, more productive, less burdensome than the average American citizen. Yet you accept false stories about them.
When your leaders tell you immigrants are murderers and rapists, you readily believe. When your leaders claim these innocent people will take our jobs, our schools, and our money, you readily believe. Why?
When your leaders claim immigrants are terrorists, you readily believe. When your leaders falsely your country is full and has no room for more people, you readily believe. Why?
When your leaders offer contradictory, easily disproved lies about scapegoats, you readily believe. and not just believe, but allow yourself to become enraged at the victims. Why?
I suggest it all comes down to the most powerful and Darwinian of all human emotions: Fear, especially as expressed in “loss aversion.”
Wikipedia: In cognitive psychology and decision theory, loss aversion refers to people’s tendency to prefer avoiding losses to acquiring equivalent gains: it is better to not lose $5 than to find $5.
Imagine your neighbor was a salesman, but whose current job is as a concentration camp guard. He justifies his role by demonizing the victims.
He hates them because he fears them because they are demons, who he fears will take from him things he values.
He hates them, not as people, but as generalized, non-human threats.
He doesn’t want to hear the logic and facts that tell him otherwise. The threat must be eliminated, as quickly and harshly as possible.
It isn’t enough just to kill the snake. Fear says it must be chopped into pieces, burned, and the ashes buried.
This is what has happened in dozens of nations.
Fear is the most powerful motivator, so when the leader tells you, “I will protect you if you believe me,” you believe even his most absurd lies — and not just believe, but angrily and ardently defend.
The title of this article is, “Would your friends and neighbors turn you in?”
The answer is, Yes, absolutely, if someone were to convince them that because of your beliefs, your economic status, or your customs you represent a peril to their safety, their self-image, or their desires.
The soldiers of any tyranical nation’s army are the former friends and neighbors of the victims.
If you think the primary function of your nation’s army is to protect the citizens from foreign threats, you would be wrong.
The primary function of any nation’s army is to protect the power of the nation’s leaders.
Keep that in mind when it’s time for the President to leave office. He is the Commander-in- Chief of the armed forces, and the boss of the Attorney General of the Department of Justice, and the man who nominates Supreme Court Justices — all three branches of government plus the army.
When a President, who has defied all the norms of American government, and who spews lies and hatred daily, is told to leave office, and he doesn’t want to leave, what will happen?
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4 thoughts on “Would your friends and neighbors turn you in?”
Think of HOW MANY prominent Jewish people enable trumpf!
I don’t know how many, but I do personally know some. I quote Santayana to them: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
Trump not only has expressed admiration for Hitler, but has attempted to follow in Hitler’s footsteps.
Christians too, should beware. The Jews were not the only ones killed in the Holocaust.
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What is the source of such human butchery?
The educational system. From day one loving respectful children are told that so and so is evil and they must be feared; the Black, the Italian, the Communist, the poor beggar. Kids don’t begin with hate. It’s taught by the unwitting parent/teacher combination, both of which are conservative and don’t listen to general principles, just the one-sided haters spewing re lie gion and its counterpart, po lie tics.
The educational system is the modern origin of specialization and narrow mindedness. Forget ethics, just make money, mind your own business and let the “leaders” show you the way to nirvana.