It would be simple to play the moral outrage card on White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s confused comparison of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons and Adolf Hitler’s refraining from gassing enemy troops on the battlefield (but killing millions of Jews with that method to effect his Final Solution). But we detect no anti-Semitism in Spicer’s April 11 statement, for which he apologized twice. Anyone who does has either too much time on their hands, or a different agenda.
What concerns us, however, about Spicer’s Assad-Hitler analogy is the same thing we have been saying for quite some time: The repeated, insensitive drumbeat of Holocaust invocation, whether coming from those on the right or the left, cheapens the Holocaust. With Yom Hashoah falling on April 24, and events memorializing the Holocaust planned for this weekend, this is an important lesson to keep in mind.