Friday, January 28, 2005

Cheney “Cheneys” Auschwitz

Cheney at the the 60th anniversary of Auschwitz's liberationThe Washington Post: Dick Cheney, Dressing Down:

Cheney stood out in a sea of black-coated world leaders because he was wearing an olive drab parka with a fur-trimmed hood. It is embroidered with his name. It reminded one of the way in which children's clothes are inscribed with their names before they are sent away to camp.

Ms. TfK is from Poland, so I heard about this last night. Apparently this was seen as quite a snub in Poland. After all, it wasn't just Jews killed at Auschwitz, it was Polish Catholics, gypsies, gays, blacks, anarchists, communists, and cripples, too. People in Poland know which houses were emptied by the Nazis. There are still people alive who, like Ms. TfK's grandfather, fought in the Polish resistance against the Nazis, and then watched the Soviets put the resistance in the newly liberated concentration camps.

This Post article is too snarky, like he only committed a social faux pas. He went to a cemetery dressed like that. One million people died there. He wouldn't go to Ground Zero dressed like that. And that was “only” 2,500. His dress trivialized the solemn site and occasion. And Cheney, like few others, exemplifies the saying, “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

Hop With The Jet Set” by Dead Kennedys from the album Bedtime For Democracy (1986, 2:06).