"Part II "
"Part V "
In attempting to conclude this article I must say at the outset that I have been astounded by the response to the first four parts of "America 's Hitler. " Especially since I am about as qualified to write a serious article about Adolf Hitler as Bush is to be president of the United States.
"It's almost like this knowledge is a given--a basic assumption shared by everyone I know who is intimately familiar with the Nazi era (that is, 90% of my professional colleagues, clients, collaborators, etc.). It is like the unspoken known. Unspoken, and unspeakable ...
In my department, at conferences I attend (here and in German-speaking countries), everywhere in Germanic Studies related professions, this parallel [between Bush and Hitler and todays America and 1930 's Germany] is so evident as to be widely accepted as valid, but it cannot be articulated ...because seriously suggesting anything of the kind --in scholarship, or the classroom, in casual conversation ...is to commit professional suicide ... "
But, in spite of this woman 's assertions, if you agree with my assessment of my own lack of qualifications, and dismiss every analysis I write, simply reading the words of Langer, the psychologist who analyzed Hitler in 1942, and Hitler 's own words included in Part V as well as in Parts I- IV should be enough to give anyone pause.
Do those words sound familiar to you? They sounded eerily familiar to me -- frighteningly so. Which is why after reading "The Mind of Adolf Hiter" I felt compelled to write and put before the public what Langer and Hitler said.
As Langer stated in his analysis, Hitler 's primary rules were: "never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it. " (L. 75.)
During the 2004 campaign when Bush was asked what he considered his biggest mistake since taking office, he could not think of one mistake he had made.
"He cannot modify his course in the face of unexpected developments or firm opposition ... When an unexpected question is asked, he is completely at a loss. " (L. 83.)
Bush sat for a minimum of seven minutes with a lost expression on his face when told the 2nd plane had hit the World Trade Center on September 11th? Can anyone imagine Clinton, for instance or any other president not jumping up immediately and taking charge?!