In 2019, Respectable Mainstream Discourse largely consists of Jewish guys accusing other Jewish guys of being Nazis. In response to this not very funny joke on Twitter:
The bedbugs are a metaphor. The bedbugs are Bret Stephens. https://t.co/k4qo6QzIBW
— davekarpf (@davekarpf) August 26, 2019
Today, we find on the New York Times opinion page:
World War II and the Ingredients of Slaughter
The spirit of certitude that dominated the politics of the 1930s is not so distant from us today.
By Bret Stephens
Aug. 30, 2019
… The political mind-set that turned human beings into categories, classes and races also turned them into rodents, insects and garbage. “Anti-Semitism is exactly the same as delousing,” Heinrich Himmler would claim in 1943. “Getting rid of lice is not a matter of ideology. It is a matter of cleanliness.” Watching Warsaw’s Jewish ghetto burn that year, a Polish anti-Semite was overheard saying: “The bedbugs are on fire. The Germans are doing a great job.”
Today, the rhetoric of infestation is back. In the U.S., Trump uses it to describe Latin American migrants. In Europe, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, chairman of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice Party, warned in 2015 that migrants carried “all sorts of parasites and protozoa,” which, “while not dangerous in the organisms of these people, could be dangerous here.”
When Poland invades Germany on September 1, 2019, you’ll thank Bret for his foresight.