There are still people who don’t want to draw parallels between the treatment of smokers in the present day and the treatment of a whole host of people in Hitler’s day. It wasn’t just the Jews, you know.
Okay, the queasiness is understandable because smokers are not yet being marched off to death camps. However, there are calls to register us all via ‘smoking licences’ in Australia and it has been mentioned in the UK. In America, if you smoke and rent, some places will demand that you register as a smoker and that your location is published on a map, as it is for paedos and rapists, so when Kristallnacht II arrives they know where to find you (story tipped by Tornface in comments).
So, okay, there are not yet parallels with the gas chambers and the concentration camps. There are, however, increasing parallels with the progression of actions in the days before the camps came about and to ignore that because ‘ooo, it’s not nice to pretend you are as persecuted as the Jews’ is to ignore history.
Those who ignore history will repeat it. It wasn’t just the Jews last time, remember, and it won’t be just the smokers this time.
There is much talk about how many people Hitler killed. Actually, he hardly killed any. He might not have personally killed anyone.
Millions of people were slaughtered, not by Hitler, but by drones who enjoyed the petty powers they gained under Hitler’s rule. Drones who loved nothing more than to put on a uniform and push other people around and yes, they regarded it as their right to decide who lived and who died. If they are not going to live as directed then ‘they’ll just have to die’. Heard that anywhere recently?
Take a deep breath, put aside any prejudices you may have, and look objectively at the world. Do you see any people like those Nazi drones out there now?
If you don’t see them… then it’s you.