'Tis the season for ludicrous comparisons

In one of the greatest action movies of all time, as Harry Ellis attempts to negotiate with the terrorists while under the influence of cocaine, he waffles around the subject by mentioning how he's watched 60 Minutes, and this gives him some amazing insight into the way Hans Gruber and his men think. Gruber, as puzzled as most watching the film, remarks that he "must have missed 60 Minutes". But more on that shortly.

Now as a Bush-supporting conservative, I've seen pretty much every prominent Republican being compared with pretty much every prominent authoritarian ruler or genocidal maniac under the sun, and even more that are under the ground. So while I feel as puzzled as Gruber when comments like these are made, I should be used to it. However, the stupidity still amazes me:
Top House Democrat Charles Rangel complained on Monday that the Bush administration's decision to concoct a "fraudulent" war in Iraq was as bad as "the Holocaust."

"It's the biggest fraud ever committed on the people of this country," Rangel told WWRL Radio's Steve Malzberg and Karen Hunter. "This is just as bad as six million Jews being killed. The whole world knew it and they were quiet about it, because it wasn't their ox that was being gored."
Now let's weigh this up:

Holocaust: 6 million dead, nobody liberated.
Iraq: 24,000 dead, 26 million liberated.

Considering this is the same person who said that Islamic terrorism doesn't exist, stupidity should be expected, but this isn't just stupidity. It's equating the second biggest genocide in the history of humanity with a war against tyranny and terrorism in one country. As Jonah Goldberg said in 2003:
If your son is murdered and I claim that it never happened, I am denying the existence of a crime. But if your son is murdered and I compare that tragedy to losing your car keys, that is a form of denial, too. And this is precisely what the "Bush equals Hitler" crowd is doing.

The Nazis murdered millions of men, women and children. Their victims weren't "collateral damage" in a war, and they were not executed after a long and fair trial. The Nazis sent their victims to gas chambers and ovens in boxcars. Nazi scientists injected dyes into the living eyes of small children to see if they could be made "Aryan." They made soap out of people.

What on earth has George Bush done that deserves such comparisons? What could he possibly do?

If you're going to call the man a Nazi, show me the children with tattoos on their arms. Show me the stockpiles of emaciated corpses. Show me files cabinets full of memos detailing how Bush and Cheney plan on disposing of millions of dead American citizens killed with poisonous gas.
Of course, when asked for concrete facts to back up outrageous claims, the extreme left are unable to do so. Which is why they make claims like this:
Human rights group Amnesty defended its description of Guantanamo prison as a "gulag" Thursday and urged the United States to allow independent investigations of allegations of torture at its detention centers for terrorism suspects.
Again, let's weigh this up:

Gulags: 1,606,748 deaths (not including related deaths), rampant abuse, forced labour, political and social dissidents arrested.
Guanatanamo Bay: 0 deaths, small levels of abuse, no dissidents arrested, no forced labour.

At least Amnesty half-apologised, which is about all you can expect from a group of rabidly partisan leftists who will go to any extreme to attack America and Republicans. Let's hope Charlie Rangel has the brains to go one step further with his apology - to actually mean it.

(Cross-posted to The House Of Wheels.)

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