When Your Enemies Are Nazis You Have The Moral Imperative to Kill Them

When Your Enemies Are Nazis You Have The Moral Imperative to Kill Them

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Wow! Magazine by William of Ockham

The Danger of Hysterical Rhetoric

Imagine a time traveler appears on your doorstep. She offers you the chance to return to Germany 1933 and stop Hitler. Would you take it?

Imagine having the power to stop the Holocaust, or the war that took hundreds of millions of lives. Even Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violence failed against the reality of the Nazi regime, leading Gandhi himself to make such bizarre pronouncements as “Hitler killed five million Jews. It is the greatest crime of our time. But the Jews should have offered themselves to the butcher’s knife. They should have thrown themselves into the sea from cliffs. As it is, they succumbed anyway in their millions.” He even advised the British to surrender to the Nazis and lay down their arms, stating if the Nazis “do not give you free passage out, you will allow yourself, man, woman and child, to be slaughtered, but you will refuse to owe allegiance to them.” Thankfully the defense of Humanity wasn’t left up to Gandhi but instead to the likes of Churchill and Roosevelt, and Hitler and his Thousand Year Reich ended up charred, half-burnt bones in a shell crater.

Looking back we realize the Nazis posed such a moral threat to Humanity that no moral person of conscience could waste such an opportunity if given the means to stop Hitler and his regime, since inaction would itself be considered immoral. One would have to act and would have all the moral justification needed to do so.

Fast-forward to today and the recent anti-Trump hysteria propagated in leftist social media echo-chambers.

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William of Ockham is a fellow council member and contributor of Wow! Magazine.  Feel free to check out other essays written by William of Ockham at Wow! and at his website, TheRazor.org.

 

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