A few years ago, I toured the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., as a guest of one of its staff.
The story of how enslavement starts as a small political prejudice instilled in a people is clear. The slow erosion of their rights, the expanding of prejudice to other groups, to a full-blown hysteria of "anyone not like us" is thoughtfully laid out as you walk through the remains of history ... literally: one room is nothing but the shoes of Holocaust victims. You smell the ancient leather as you walk across a simple bridge, nothing but shoes underneath. This is just the shoes room, and it only represents a fraction of the "killing industry" Nazi Germany conducted.
In another room, bales of human hair testify to the salvaging of human remains. People were reduced to nothing but a commodity: their bodies were parted out like factory-farmed chickens, in much the same manner, with similar machinery. Who operated the machinery? Average citizens, who subscribed to the propaganda, not questioning their government, its motives, or unreasonable laws. It all unfolded so subtly that it was not taken as unusual. But like disease, it progressed to the horror the world finally had to admit.
I'm sure the building of death camps brought jobs to communities. I'm sure personal intentions were good among the civilian population. But it was pre-meditated to build those facilities: there were blueprints and surveys, all with the intention for one thing: mass elimination of any dissent.
Is our government not doing the same thing with propaganda against Muslims? Have we not followed the accusing fingers' direction toward a created scenario which is reinforced with fear and panic? The United States, it can be stated with certainty, has built "secret prisons," and continues to build facilities for sinister purposes. Such a progression shows clearly an agenda, pre-meditated and agreed upon by a controlling faction. Given the acceptable face of "creating jobs," what checks and balances are in place to assure Auschwitz doesn't rise again?
What checks and balances have been removed to assure it does?
Roy A. Stokes, Maurertown