If there is an idiotic statement of the year award out there they might just have their first contender of the year. Just in case you thought there aren’t people still alive, who would be dismissive of the holocaust and relish the idea of a reemergence of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis, you can now cast that overly optimistic view. Formula one Commercial Rights shareholder Bernie Ecclestone now says Hitler was a guy “who was able to get things done” (of course among those things was invading and massacring people across Europe and the world and slaughtering six million Jews in the worst genocide of the twentieth century and that he actually prefers totalitarian regimes to democracy. He then throws former British Prime Minister Margret Thatcher into his list of idols in the same breath as Hitler ( a move that conservative Tories in Great Britain and all British alike will recoil at in disgust).
How absurd can one get? He isn’t doing Formula One any favors either.
LONDON (AFP) – Formula One commercial rights holder, Bernie Ecclestone, on Saturday stoked up controversy by praising Adolf Hitler for being a man who “was able to get things done”.
In an interview with ‘The Times’ newspaper, Ecclestone praised strong leadership and said that he preferred totalitarian regimes to democracies.
Ecclestone said: “In a lot of ways, terrible to say this I suppose, but apart from the fact that Hitler got taken away and persuaded to do things that I have no idea whether he wanted to do or not, he was in the way that he could command a lot of people, able to get things done.
“In the end he got lost, so he wasn’t a very good dictator because either he had all these things and knew what was going on and insisted, or he just went along with it … so either way he wasn’t a dictator.”
Yeah I got news Bernie, all dictators tend to get lost. Mussolini, Charchecou, and even Hitler himself; all had delusions of grandeur, unbridled hubris, and were often completely divorced from reality and any or all criticism. At least three of those seem to match up with you Bernie.
Despite pressure, Ecclestone says that he won’t resign as CEO and President of the company and that he wasn’t dismissing the atrocities Hitler committed, but that under Hitler when he first came to power, he was praising Hitler’s handling of the German economic crisis, where there was full employment among Germans, a fact that is true. Still that is like praising Charles Manson and then saying you weren’t talking about the murders but that Manson was a great song writer. And note to all those out there who were too stupid to realize this in the first place, any kind of praise for Hitler generally doesn’t go over well with most of us who don’t appreciate totalitarian regimes. And by the way the economic collapse is not brought about by democracy, but by the fact that companies across the globe were dumb enough to put idiots like you in charge of them.
Update (7/7/09- 3:11PM/ET)- Ecclestone, has now apologized, well sort of. He says he was only praising the leadership of Hitler between 1932 and 1938 in getting Germany to full employment and out of the post World War I funk it was in. He gives one of those apologies, the “I am sorry if anyone was offended variety” and that it was not what he meant. Still if you apologize for praising Hitler, its probably not a good idea to say that the World Jewish Congress, which was founded to combat the brutality against Jews by the Nazis; has too much influence all around the world is probably not the wisest move. What a tool!