Polish Jews are led away for deportation and death by German SS soldiers during the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto after the 1943 uprising. AP photo. Front archival photo of soldiers emptying the Warsaw ghetto.
Oh sweet God make it stop. This weekend, Trump stayed home to "monitor" Hurricane Dorian - aka play golf - rather than join a mournful, 40-nation ceremony in Poland marking the 80th anniversary of the September 1, 1939 Nazi invasion that launched the bloodiest war in history. A highlight of the events was a public apology by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier for their "crime against humanity in Poland." "I bow my head before the Polish victims of Germany’s tyranny," he said in German and Polish. "And I ask forgiveness.” There is much to forgive: Poland suffered some of the worst horrors of World War II, with nearly six million Poles, close to a quarter of the populace, killed in the conflagration. From the start, the Nazis undertook a campaign of terror against what they deemed the racially inferior Poles; under a "Germanization" plan aimed at eliminating 85% of the population, they systematically murdered members of the "leadership class" - teachers, priests, intellectuals - most likely to resist. At least two million non-Jewish Poles were publicly hung, shot, or killed en masse by gas; another roughly three million Jewish Poles, most of the country's Jews, were also killed, many at Auschwitz and other camps on Polish soil. The stated German goal, achieved to a chilling degree: "When we finish, nobody is left alive."
Faced with the weighty task of acknowledging and commemorating this unspeakably brutal piece of history, our dear leader rose to the occasion with his usual eloquence, gravitas and insight. Asked by the press if he had any message for the long-suffering Polish people, he brightened and eagerly announced he had a "great message." It was: "I just want to congratulate Poland." There was more. Poland is "a great country with great people," even though almost a quarter of them were murdered during the wonderful occasion he's congratulating them for. Also, "We even have some Polish people in our country," and they're white, which is cool. "We love our Polish friends," he said, "and I look forward to being there soon," even though he just cancelled his trip, has no plans for another being so busy with golf and all, and couldn't find Poland, like Alabama, on a map if all our lives depended on it, which they might - but at least he wore a cap reading "USA" so for now he knows what country he's in. Still, his subjects were suitably confounded. Did he really not know what happened on Sept 1. 1939? Did he think some nice Polish lady was celebrating a birthday, or Poland just bought Denmark? Would he suggest there were good people on both sides? What's next - congrats to Japan for Hiroshima? As the republic crumbles, notes Chris Hedges, Trump is the collective face of our undoing, our slack-jawed, sputtering "king of the idiots." Be afraid. After your 7,486th facepalm, be very afraid.
Art by Mr. Fish
Update: OMG he did it again. This time, like any guilty clueless 8-year-old, he evidently took a Sharpie and changed the maps for the hurricane's route - which is illegal - in a desperate attempt to show he really didn't make a mistake and it really was heading to Alabama just like he said, except, umm, it wasn't. Really? To this petty, bloated, hateful, racist, can't-take-it-anymore stupid piece of shit: Move away from the Sharpie, please.
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