Monday, March 31, 2014

Yet another really bad Munich analogy over Urkraine/Crimea

The Munich Analogy wore out it's usefulness decades ago.

But it keeps rolling along, one of those "zombie" kind of ideas that Paul Krugman talks about.

This time it's German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble comparing Russia's recent actions in Ukraine/Crimea to Hitler taking a big hunk of Czechslovakia in 1938. (Ukraine-Krise
Schäuble vergleicht Putins Politik mit der Hitlers
Süddeutsche Zeitung 31.03.2014)

I think it's pretty questionable whether German politicians, especially Cabinet Ministers, should be using Hitler analogies at all to cast themselves as the anti-"Hitler" good guys.

But this is Wolfgang Schäuble, Angela Merkel's Finance Minister since 2009. He is one of the main faces associated with Merkel's brutal austerity policies that are laying waste to the economies of Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain and now even France.

Those policies have included ousting the elected heads of state of Greece and Italy and replacing them temporarily with "technocrats" who would execute the austerity policies according to Merkel's and Schäuble's orders.

Greek cartoonist Yannis Ioannou recently depicted Schäuble along with Merkel taking tribute from the current government leaders of Greece in this 03/27/2014 cartoon. Schäuble is the one in the spiked wheelchair; Schäuble is disabled and actually uses a wheelchair, which certainly hasn't deterred him from playing the economic tyrant in the eurozone.

Wolfgang Schäuble is one guy who definitely should not be using Hitler analogies!

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