Joe Patrice flags this piece of serious thought from Eliana Johnson at the National Review, who’s responding to President Obama’s shrill claim that the Holocaust was “senseless”:
Nazism may have been an ideology to which the United States was — and to which the president is — implacably opposed, but it is hardly “senseless.” By the early 1930s, the Nazi party had hundreds of thousands of devoted members and repeatedly attracted a third of the votes in German elections; its political leaders campaigned on a platform comprising 25 non-senseless points, including the “unification of all Germans,” a demand for “land and territory for the sustenance of our people,” and an assertion that “no Jew can be a member of the race.” Suffice it to say, many sensible Germans were persuaded.
As many Cambodians were persuaded by the Khmer Rouge, many white Americans by the KKK and many Europeans by the Spanish Inquisition. So what? As Joe points out, if you’re going to rail against “moral relativism” you shouldn’t be allowing it on your magazine’s website.