Harry Reid Likens Assad to Hitler, Says ‘Hottest Place in Hell’ Reserved for Those Who Stay Neutral


In light of the apocalyptic declarations of those itching to strike Syria, the new adage reads: “It’s always 1938 somewhere.” That latest somewhere is apparently in Sen. Harry Reid‘s mind.

On this Senate floor this afternoon, the Majority Leader urged his colleagues to support striking Syria by likening Bashar al-Assad‘s regime to that of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler; and warning that “isolation” and “neutrality” on the part of the U.S. will lead to destructive outcomes:

“Some prefer isolation. That’s the easy thing to do. But sitting on the sideline isn’t what made the United States of America the greatest nation in the world in years past and, yes, today. And sitting on the sidelines won’t make us a better nation tomorrow. As America faces yet another crisis of conscience, another opportunity to intervene on behalf of humanity, my mind returns to that turning point in the world’s history when the United States faced down an evil regime that murdered millions of innocent citizens. Millions and millions of civilians and prisoners of war were murdered by poison gas in Nazi death camps. Treblinka, Auschwitz. Never again, swore the world. Never again would we permit the use of these poisonous weapons of war.”

He then invoked the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, located one mile down the road from Capitol Hill:

“14 blocks from here down Constitution Avenue is the Holocaust Museum. You walk in there and you’ll see a quote. It’s on the wall. It’s from Dante’s famous Inferno “The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crisis maintain their neutrality.” I repeat: “the hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crisis maintain their neutrality.” I’ve thought about those words very often and very often lately, as I’ve considered whether America should take action to prevent further atrocities in Syria. In Europe in World War II, far too many were neutral. Far too many around the world were neutral. Far too many in America were neutral until six million Jews and tens of thousands of gypsies, disabled people, gay people, and political dissidents were murdered. Never again.”

Reid said intervening to end the Holocaust is similar to responding to the alleged us of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime (which killed approximately 1,400 people):

“Now we’re faced with that choice again. Some say it’s not our fight. Some say Syria is too far away. Some say it’s not in our security interest. Russia, China, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, and the United States — we should all remember our history. 1.2 million casualties in World War I from these poisons. 1.2 million. We should remember our history.”

Watch the remarks below, via C-SPAN2:

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