Sunday, February 13, 2005

Right & Wrong: Politics and Fascism

I was reading an article about the far-right wingers in Germany trying to regain a foothold in politics.
An Infratest Dimap poll for WDR television on Sunday put support for far-right parties in North Rhine-Westphalia at three percent, up one percent from January, but still below the five percent threshold needed to enter parliament there. ...

Schroeder pledged to counter all attempts to distort history and hinted he would make a fresh attempt to ban the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) which helped organize the march.

The NPD provoked outrage last month by walking out of an event at Saxony state's Dresden-based parliament to mark the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp and calling the air raids a "bombing holocaust."

NPD leader Udo Voigt was quoted in an interview with Die Welt newspaper on Saturday expressing admiration for Adolf Hitler. "Only great leaders can commit great crimes," he was quoted as saying.

What I don't understand is how people can be so mixed up about what is truly right and truly wrong in life. While there is little that is clearly black and white, this is one of those things that doesn't bear much equivocation no matter how relativistic anyone wants to make this.