Monday, 19 May 2008

The other downside of ignoring the lessons of history

Over to the US now, for an object lesson in the pitfalls of sloganeering. Following a Bush speech in Israel, Republicans took the line that Obama would, if elected President, appease America's enemies - just like Neville Chamberlain. The basis for this attack is that Obama has said he would talk with e.g. Hamas.

Watch what happens (about 4 minutes in) when the shouty gentleman is asked to expand on the historical parallels:

Speaking as a former history student, I would just like to say, "Get in!"


Tom said...


PooterGeek said...

It's also funny that, in the same breath as arguing against the use of historical analogies, Mark Green (the other guy) likens Bush's behaviour to that of Joseph McCarthy.