Friday, April 14, 2017

Of Chemical Weapons And Hitler

President Trump's press secretary Sean Spicer caught some flack for stating that during World War II, Hitler did not attack his people with chemical weapons, as Syrian President Bashir Ashad recently allegedly did.  Since the Nazis did indeed use chemicals to kill people in the concentration camps, Spicer was even accused of Holocaust denial, even though he was talking about bombs being dropped on civilians, not about the horrors done in the camps.

Someone out there did a little research, and found that Spicer is not alone.  Via Twitchy:

Here's an excerpt from Matthews's report, also via Twitchy:
Don’t use chemical weapons.  We didn't use them in World War II, Hitler didn't use them, we don't use chemical weapons, that's no deal.  Although we do know that Assad's father did.  Then he goes ahead and does it.
It may be fair to say that Spicer should have been more specific in his historical reference, but from the overall respective contexts, it might also be fair to say that both he and Matthews were talking about battlefield munitions, not the gas chambers.  This is not to say that one man's error excuses that of another, but to show the apparent selective outrage.  You can also watch the video directly on YouTube.  Ironically enough, during World War I, Hitler was a victim of a chemical attack.

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