It’s one of the most remarkable examples of saying one thing and doing another.
I think that’s the definition of hypocrisy, isn’t it?
Everyone has heard by now about what Hillary Clinton said in Southern California this week about Vladimir Putin.
She compared his actions in Ukraine to what Adolf Hitler did in Czechoslovakia and Romania.
“Now if this sounds familiar, it’s what Hitler did back in the ’30s,” she said. “All the Germans that were … the ethnic Germans, the Germans by ancestry who were in places like Czechoslovakia and Romania and other places, Hitler kept saying they’re not being treated right. I must go and protect my people – and that’s what’s gotten everybody so nervous.”
Putting aside the accuracy of this statement for a moment, consider the context of this fiery statement from the former secretary of state.
Within minutes, Clinton was saying everyone needs to keep their cool and not inflame the crisis in Ukraine with harsh rhetoric: “So everybody is hoping that there will be a negotiation but a negotiation that respects Ukraine and doesn’t ratify a reoccupation by Russia of Crimea. So it’s a real nail-biter, right now, but nobody wants to up the rhetoric. Everybody wants to cool it in order to find a diplomatic solution, and that’s what we should be trying to do.”
Has anyone offered more inflammatory rhetoric than comparing Putin’s action to those of Hitler?
But it’s worse than that.
Hillary, speaking to the Boys & Girls Club of Long Beach, apparently doesn’t know her history of the 1930s, either. Maybe she thought she could put one over on the boys and girls.
Keep in mind, not a single person has been killed by Russian soldiers in Ukraine. Secondly, by treaty, Russia has the right to station more troops in Ukraine than it apparently has there now.
What about the Czechoslovakia comparison?
When Hitler invaded Czechoslovakia he arrested 10,000 randomly selected citizens and ordered them executed. Later he changed his mind and only killed 1,300. But that was just the start of the horror he inflicted on the country. Entire villages were destroyed with all males over 16 murdered and the rest of the population sent to concentration camps where almost all died.
In other words, the German invasion of Czechoslovakia was brutal – nothing remotely like what Russia has done with its partial occupation.
How about Romania?
Germany never invaded Romania. Romania willingly joined the German cause in 1940.
This woman is supposed to be one of the smartest people in the world. She was secretary of state. She wants to be president.
She preaches cool rhetoric at the same time she is comparing foreign leaders, falsely, I might add, to Hitler.
What else did she say about Putin?
She said, disparagingly, that he “believes his mission is to restore Russian greatness. When he looks at Ukraine, he sees a place that he believes is by its very nature part of Mother Russia.”
Is he wrong about that?
They were once united as one country. They do share much of their history. In fact, Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, is often referred to as the mother of Russian cities and the cradle of Rus civilization.
And is it wrong for a leader of a modern state to seek to restore greatness to his own country?
This might seem like an obtuse idea to Hillary, but what’s wrong with that objective?
Wouldn’t it be a wonderful thing if Hillary’s party took such an attitude toward their own country?
Hillary displayed in California for the world to see that she is no diplomat. And she’s not much of a historian, either.
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