Via BOTW: Who’s Like Hitler?
While various nut-jobs find thrills and amusement by comparing President Bush to Hitler, one can find genuine echoes of Nazism, albeit rather faint ones, if one looks in the right places. London’s Independent reports on a new poll by the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, which surveyed residents of nine European countries–Austria, Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Spain–about their attitudes toward Jews. Among the findings:
35% said Jews “should stop playing the victim because of the Holocaust and persecution of 50 years ago.”
16.1% said it “would be better if the state of Israel did not exist and the Palestinians got their land back.”
40% think Jews have a “particular relationship with money.”
“In all the countries,” notes the Jerusalem Post, “anti-Semitic sentiment was positively correlated with anti-Israel sentiment.” And the Independent notes Europeans are as ignorant as they are bigoted: “The people polled were asked four questions about the Middle East conflict. Nearly one-third proved clueless. Only 6.2 per cent gave correct answers.”
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