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Sunday, May 11, 2014

First, they came for the ...

For John, BLUFIt is easy to go from part of the majority to part of some minority.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

In today's Day by Day comic strip the character Jan asks, in the second panel, "Are the Kochs Jewish?" Her husband, Damon, responds, "No-just among the first they came for."

I thought that perhaps Mark Basseley Youssef (formerly known as Nakoula Basseley Nakoula) was among the first they came for.

Of course the reference is to Pastor Martin Niemöller.  Here is the short version of Pastor Niemöller's comment, from the US Holocaust Museum, on 14th Street, in Washington, DC.

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me--and there was no one left to speak for me.

Pastor Niemöller was imprisoned in Sachsenhausen and Dachau concentration camps from 1937 to 1945.

Regards  —  Cliff

  That is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the first panel.
  A very small distinction, these were concentration camps in Germany, as opposed to the extermination (or death) camps further east, where killing on an industrial scale took place.

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