Conservative causes uproar in EU Parliament with Nazi comment
The Eurocrats took refuge in the fact that the Nazis were not the only socialists in prewar Germany but that proves nothing. It is true that the old union-affiliated Left (Social Democrats) did oppose the Nazis to some degree but that was just sibling rivalry, often the bitterest rivalry.
Leftists are very prone to "splits" and sometimes seem to hate one another more than anyone else. Lenin spoke of other Bolsheviks such as Kautsky describing: "the full extent of their stupidity, pedantry, baseness and betrayal of working-class interests". He could scarcely have spoken greater ill of the Tsar.
And Trotsky was a very senior Bolshevik, leader of the Red Army during the revolution, no less. But he ended up with an icepick in the head, courtesy of Stalin.
So being an anti-Nazi socialist does nothing to deny that Nazis were socialists too. There are many flavours of socialism, all pretty poisonous and longing to control you
A leading British Conservative in the European Parliament has come under a barrage of criticism after he compared current-day socialist parties with Nazism.
Addressing socialist lawmakers in a debate Wednesday, Syed Kamall said ‘‘you have to remember that Nazis were National Socialists, a strain of socialism, so let’s not pretend. It’s a left-wing ideology.’’
The remarks caused an immediate uproar. and Kamall added ‘‘you don’t like the truth, do you?’’
Kamall later said he ‘‘apologized directly & unreservedly’’ to the leader of the socialist group, but criticism was scathing.
Socialists opposed Nazism and were among the early victims of the extreme-right ideologies of Adolf Hitler.
EU Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans said claims that Nazism is left-wing or socialist have been pushed by the extreme right on the Internet for the past few years, but added ‘‘what is new to me is that the leader in this house of the party of Churchill and Thatcher would appropriate that narrative.’’
‘‘What has happened to the Conservative Party?’’ he asked legislators.
ALDE Liberal leader Guy Verhofstadt, too, was stunned.
Kamall’s words were ‘‘an insult to all the Social Democrats who fought against Nazism and died in concentration camps,’’ Verhofstadt said.
The S&D socialist group said socialists ‘‘throughout Europe resisted Hitler’s regime and paid for it with their lives. With his disgusting comparison, Kamall has mocked these brave people.’’
Kamall tweeted that it was not a comment aimed at anyone and ‘‘I have upmost respect for anyone who stood up & fought against Nazism, Communism & any other kinds of extremism.’’
UPDATE: A reader has alerted me to a terminological problem in describing the weapon used to kill Leon Trotsky. Strictly, an ice pick is a rather harmless thing that looks a lot like an office bodkin. I use one often. The weapon used to kill Trotsky was a sort of pick but it is better described as an ice axe, though the handle had been shortened for concealment purposes. A picture of it is here, together with a description of how and why it was used
An ice pick. Not a good murder weapon and NOT the thing used on Trotsky. Trotsky was a mass murderer who deserved to die as he lived.