Sunday, February 3, 2013

First Yom Kippur, now Nazi allusions - where to next?

Christopher Pyne, Mark Dreyfus, Nazis, Downfall, Goebels, election
One wonders if there are any coincidences in politics, not the least Julia Gillard's announcement of an election just before Craig Thomson is arrested and two ministers announcement retirement.

Another instance could be Coalition frontbencher Christopher Pyne's likening of the ALP's ministerial reshuffle to the 2004 movie Downfall, about the last days of the Hitler regime.

'This government is starting to resemble a scene from Downfall,' Mr Pyne told reporters in Adelaide.

Did he know that new Attorney General Mark Dreyfus is descended on his father side from German Jews, some of whom fled to Australia to escape the Nazi's and some who didn't and died in the Holocaust?

Understandably, Mr Dreyfus is leading expressions of revulsion against Mr Pyne's comments:

'These immature and offensive comments have no place in Australian political debate.There is no place in Australian political debate for a comparison of any Australian government with Hitler's Third Reich.These comments are deeply hurtful to holocaust survivors, they are deeply hurtful to any right thinking Australian.'

The problem for Mr Dreyfus is that last year he was making headlines for Nazi comparisons of his own:

'Abbott’s wildest claim is that he is running a "truth campaign". Leaving aside the Goebbellian cynicism of labelling a scare campaign a "truth campaign", I think it shows Abbott’s contempt for the Australian electorate.'

When asked by journalist today about his own comments, Dreyfus, predictably, said:

'That's a quite different thing, it's a very, very specific and targeted comment about the propaganda techniques.'

Make up your own mind and watch those coincidences...

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