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This post was published more than 14 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 14 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and wrote about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

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

  • My views may well have changed in the last 14 years. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find utterly cringeworthy today.
  • This post might use words or language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate, offensive, embarrassing, or all three.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken, and 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?

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