Hitler & Bush: Reading from the same script…


Richard Moore

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Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2003 22:42:50 -0800
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Subject: CII HI - Jimmy Breslin on Hitler


Familiar, Haunting Words
by Jimmy Breslin - Newsday

At 8 o'clock Wednesday night, the Sikh in a blue turban
in the subway change booth at 42nd Street gave me a
little wave and I waved back. Suddenly, he was a
front-line soldier in a war. I designate the subway at
Times Square as a prime target in America in the war
with Iraq.

I had just been at the public library, where I
discovered the speech that started World War II. I
print much of it here. It is darkly familiar to what we
have been hearing here, when for the first time in
American history we became all the things we ever hated
and invaded another country. Herewith the speech:

Address by Adolph Hitler to the Reichstag, Sept. 1,

For months we have suffered under the torture of a
problem which the Versailles Diktat created -- a
problem that has deteriorated until it becomes
intolerable for us ...

As always, I attempted to bring about, by the peaceful
method of making proposals for revision, an alteration
of this intolerable position. It is a lie when the
outside world says that we only tried to carry our
revisions through by pressure. Fifteen years before the
National Socialist Party came to power there was the
opportunity of carrying out these revisions by peaceful
settlements and understanding. On my own initiative I
have, not once but several times, made proposals for
the revision of intolerable conditions. All these
proposals, as you know, have been rejected -- proposals
for the limitation of armaments and, even if necessary,
disarmament, proposals for the limitation of warmaking,
proposals for the elimination of certain methods of
modern warfare ... You know the endless attempts I made
for peaceful clarification and understanding of the
problem of Austria, and later of the problem of the
Sudatenland, Bohemia and Moravia. It was all in vain.

It is impossible to demand that an impossible position
should be cleared up by peaceful revision, and at the
same time constantly reject peaceful revision. It is
also impossible to say that he who undertakes to carry
out the revisions for himself transgresses a law, since
the Versailles Diktat is not law to us. In the same
way, I have tried to solve the problems of Danzig, the
Corridor, etc., by proposing a peaceful discussion.
That the problems had to be solved was clear. It is
quite understandable to us that the time when the
problem was to be solved had little interest for the
Western Powers. But time is not a matter of
indifference to us ...

For four months I have calmly watched developments,
although I never ceased to give warnings. In the last
few days I have increased these warnings ...

I made one more final effort to accept a proposal for
mediation on the part of the British government. They
proposed, not that they themselves should carry out the
negotiations, but rather that Poland and Germany should
come into direct contact and once more pursue

I must declare that I accepted this proposal and worked
out a basis for these negotiations which are known to
you. For two whole days I sat in my government and
waited to see whether it was convenient for the Polish
government to send a plenipotentiary or not. Wednesday
night they did not send us a plenipotentiary, but
instead informed us through their ambassador that they
were still considering whether and to what extent they
were in a position to go into the British proposals.
The Polish government also said they would inform
Britain of their decision.

Deputies, if the German government and its leader
patiently endured such treatment Germany would deserve
only to disappear from the political stage. But I am
wrongly judged if my love of peace and my patience are
mistaken for weakness or even cowardice. I, therefore,
decided Wednesday night and informed the British
government that in these circumstances I can no longer
find any willingness on the part of the Polish
government to conduct serious negotiations with us.

The other European states understand in part our
attitude. I should like all to thank Italy, which
throughout has supported us, but you will understand
for the carrying on of this struggle ... we will carry
out this task ourselves.

This night for the first time, Polish regular soldiers
fired on our territory. Since 5:45 a.m. we have been
returning the fire and from now on bombs will be met
with bombs. Whoever fights with poison gas will be
fought with poison gas. Whoever departs from the rules
of humane warfare can only expect that we shall do the
same ... until the safety, security of the Reich and
its rights are secured.


On that night, Hitler used this dry, unimaginative
language to start a world war that was to kill 60
million, and they stopped counting.

Wednesday night, George Bush, after speech after speech
of this same dry, flat, banal language, started a war
for his country, and we can only beg the skies to keep
it from spreading into another world war.

Copyright © 2003, Newsday, Inc.

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Note:  Hitler also said of the war with Poland ""The
necessary measures will be taken so that the war is not
directed against and does not affect women and


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