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"the methodical industrial organization of the killing"
I think this is the difference. My mother's older brother was a US Army officer during WW II. He saw combat as a platoon leader in the Third Army. My grandparents were ethnic Germans from Hungary. After the war, my uncle was assigned, apparently because he was bilingual, to a US Army team investigating the death camps. He had always been proud of his German heritage, a heritage of music, science, and philosophy. He couldn't reconcile that with the cold engineering of mass murder that he saw. My aunt said he would awake screaming and crying decades afterward, not because of his combat experiences, but because of the camps.
Last year at my high school reunion a classmate told me of visiting Armenia the prior year and seeing the barn where her grandmother had been burned alive with eighty other women. My once cheerful classmate started crying as she told us.
I saw a PBS special about the Wannsee conference and the cold engineering of mass murder. The scale and terrifying coldness of that makes the Armenian genocide pale in contrast, although I do not make light of that.
I can understand hot blood, Lord knows, I have been in a killing rage myself. But, like my uncle, I cannot understand cold blooded mass murder of strangers.
by StillInTheWilderness on Sat May 18th, 2019 at 11:58:18 AM EST
I have lived through the aftermath of the vast destruction of WWII. In time I have learned not to blame the German people as soon as I realized the potential of mass killing of humans is inside all of us.

Us versus Them! The deplorables, the Muslims, the transgender ...

Texas transgender woman seen in videotaped attack found dead

It's twenty years since Columbine when mass killing by white youth on fellow white students in an affluent white community. Should have been a wake-up call for America. It was for the gun lovers and the NRA.

Just over 100 years ago ...

From my diary - Yesterday's Bolsheviki and Today's Deplorables.


Many Members of This Notorious
Organization Found to be Subnormal

To the Editor of The New York Times:

    I have just read with great interest your editorial article in today's issue on "Our Bolsheviki," by which name you designate the members of the I.W.W.


Let us consider them as sick people, have them examined by psychologists to determine their degree of mentality, and if they are found to be subnormal shut them up in farm colonies of industrial plants under guard and see what we can do with them.

    We in America are too prone to lock the doors after our horses are stolen. Would it not be possible to deal with this I.W.W. menace in a sane and scientific manner and break it up before to much damage has been done?

    New York, May 3, 1918          R. B. S.

[Superbly written in the style of Us vs. Them as in the clash of civilization and by demonizing a large group of people, described as a lower class. This was just 15 years before the Rise of Hitler's Nazi regime of terror and the Final Solution of concentration and death camps across Europe.]

We're just a minute away from another nuclear holocaust on Iran ...

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 21st, 2019 at 06:34:23 AM EST
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I've written about the psychology of Der Drumpf - Black Triad.

I recall an excellent write-up by a blogger Plutonium Page - I crossed swords with her about the Dutch quite often - on Auschwitz ...

I can't find her diary, but did come across an article written by Albert Einstein published in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

On the Moral Obligation of the Scientist

Related reading ...

Keeping America safe after 9/11 and extraordinary rendition, torture, etc.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 21st, 2019 at 06:35:41 AM EST
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