Wednesday, September 29, 2004

The Hitler Channel

Some of us call the History Channel the ‘Hitler Channel.’ Why? Well, whenever one tunes in, chances are one will be viewing a program about Hitler’s women, about Josef Mengele, about Operation Barbarossa, about Erwin Rommel’s Afrikakorps, etc. This is good insofar as none of us should ever forget the depths of depravity into which humans can sink. Notice, I said ‘humans,’ not ‘Germans.’ Though it may be that there is a certain authoritarian strain in Germans that specially equips them for goose-steeping behind dictators, all of us, I’m afraid, are potential Nazis, potential Commies, and potential Islamo-fascists. (Recall the case of that nice boy ‘Jihad Johnny’ Walker from the Bay area?) Only by fortunate circumstances, individual moral vigilance, and the grace of God do any of us escape descent into barbarism.

Although it is good that the memory of Nazi horrors be kept alive, on the History Channel and elsewhere, it is not good that there is no comparable coverage of the crimes of Communism. There is coverage of the latter, but no comparable coverage: why are there no Hollywood movies about Communist crimes like Schindler’s List or Sophie’s Choice? The predominance of lefties in Hollywood is of course a large part of the explanation.