Johnson pilloried for comparing Putin with Hitler


Does anyone remember Godwin’s Law?

It’s the argument that, the longer an argument continues, the more likely it becomes that someone will make a comparison with Adolf Hitler.

Here’s Boris Johnson:

Here‘s MSN News:

Vladimir Putin hosting the World Cup is like Adolf Hitler hosting the Olympics in 1936, UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson suggested on Wednesday.

Asked by Labour MP Ian Austin at Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee whether Russia’s hosting of the games was comparable to Nazi Germany’s hosting of the Olympic games, Johnson replied that the comparison was “certainly right.

“I think the comparison with 1936 is certainly right. It is an emetic prospect to think of Putin glorifying in this sporting event,” he told Austin.

The reaction has been overwhelmingly negative:

Perhaps the most pertinent objection is the fact that 20 million Russians died defeating Hitler and the Nazis in World War II. Whatever our quarrels with that country now, the comparison with Hitler and his government is hugely insulting to the memory of those people:

Russia’s reaction has been predictable:

The Russian foreign ministry responded to Johnson’s remarks by saying he was “poisoned with venom of hate, unprofessionalism and boorishness”. It said: “It’s scary to remember that this person represents the political leadership of a nuclear power.”

Putting aside the current tensions between the UK and Russia, This Writer tends to agree: The prospect of Boris Johnson having an input into whether the UK presses the nuclear trigger is scary.

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4 thoughts on “Johnson pilloried for comparing Putin with Hitler

  1. Growing Flame

    It’s all just hot air for mass consumption. It makes it look like the Tories are “doing something” about the old enemy. It doesn’t mean anything. The Tories are still taking money from Russian oligarchs, still allowing Putin’s entourage to buy up London properties as well as UK passports (regardless of the colour). If we had a decent mass media , all this would be exposed and Johnson would be a laughing stock. But the UK media is wilfully ignoring the truth staring them in the face. To reveal the extent of the collusion between the UK establishment and their equivalents in Russia would undermine the whole “patriotism/defend Britain from the evil foreigners “scam. And THAT would really threaten the vested interests!

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