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This post was published more than 13 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. Not everything that is old is bad. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have mellowed and matured.

But given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views might very well have changed in the 13 years since I wrote this post. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find pretty embarrassing today.
  • This post might use language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate or offensive.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken; embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

‘This must not happen again’

The Holocaust was an utterly repulsive event, and I don’t think that anyone living now could ever be accused of even considering anything remotely similar today.

But it concerns me that the seeds of the institutionalised and popular Anti-Semitism that fueled the processes that lead up to the Holocaust seem to be being planted once more in the USA – though this time, involving Muslims rather than Jews. I don’t even begin to suggest that the murder of Muslims for their religion has ever crossed George Bush’s mind, but I do wonder whether the Holocaust taught the Americans anything.

Racial profiling may not involve killing people because of their race, but the idea behind it suggests that there is an inherently different morality according to race – and doesn’t that feel like the very early beginnings of something we’ve heard before?

This 269th post was filed under: News and Comment.

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