Putative president Donald Trump signed an executive order putting into place his ban on refugees coming to this country from Middle Eastern war zones—unless they're Christian. The response has been damning, especially as he timed his announcement to Holocaust Remembrance Day, bringing up memories of how the West reacted to Jews fleeing Nazi persecution in the years before World War II. There are already stories in the Washington Post and New York Times of asylum seekers, armed with all the correct documentation, being denied entry at US airports by border agents all too happy to carry out Trump's orders.
I just finished listening to a podcast from BBC History Magazine. It's an interview with Holocaust historian Laurence Rees. I link to it HERE. It's a very sobering listen. Pay attention to the last five minutes of the interview in particular, where Mr. Rees explains how Hitler, who was seen as a joke in 1928, ascended to power a mere five years afterwards. Am I saying that we're in for a repeat of 1933? No, I'm not. However, those last five minutes of the podcast are rather illuminating as to how someone seen as a fringe figure can find a mass following once a segment of the population decides that "something must be done". Our heterogeneity will save us, I believe. (Jews were only 1% of Weimar Germany's population.) However, the scapegoating of vulnerable populations is straight out of the Nazi program, and must be acknowledged and resisted to the greatest extent.
This is your open thread.