The hate and fear of communism, especially to the end of World War 2, was the smoking gun that led to unimaginable crimes against humanity like the Holocaust. It also led to strange bedfellows alliances.
Thus the fear of communism gave you carte blanche to throw away your morals and even align yourself with evil. Even if some claim that the picture below with SS leader Heinrich Himmler and Finnish Marshall Karl Gustaf Mannerheim cordially about to drink a schnapps “is history,” it is nothing more than an example of how we threw our morals into the dustbin and aligned ourselves with evil.
Today, we are in the same predicament: If communism and anti-Semitism were the scapegoats that permitted us to make a pact with evil, Islamophobia and xenophobia are today the smoking guns.
On Friday, we celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials. It was the first time that war criminals were brought before justice and tried for crimes against humanity.
Captain Gustave Mark Gilbert, the Army psychologist at the Nuremberg trials (1945-46), said that the Nazi war criminals on the dock had a common characteristic. “Evil, I think, is the absence of empathy,” he said.