Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder by Jay Knott (10/13/11) ⇌ (@jayn0t)
Thanks for your reply. I'm unaccustomed to intelligent criticism.
"Why the Nazis are more offensive than the US Air Force"
I don't take much notice of how 'offensive' something is. Let's take a concrete example. If a group of skinheads outside a London pub shout racist taunts at a Bangladeshi heading home on a dark rainy night, arguably, their language may constitute an actual threat. If they sing songs about gas chambers (actual example) when visiting the allegedly Jewish football club Tottenham Hotspur, that is more offensive but not a threat at all. Therefore I think the latter behavior should not be illegal, but it is.
Someone doing a Nazi salute is offensive, but completely irrelevant to the real world.
You are right that the Allies were not trying to wipe out any particular race, and the Nazis were.
But you end up saying the Russians did much the same as the Nazis in Poland, the Baltic states and Germany. As I said in my pamphlet, the Germans' specialty was genocide. The Russians came close, but as you say, never tried to actually exterminate an ethnic group.
We're having a discussion. Powerful forces want to make us unable to discuss just one of the crimes of World War II - the Holocaust. In some countries, it's illegal to underestimate it. The battle to be allowed to achieve a more balanced view of the war than the viewpoint of the victors is more important than worrying about a Seig Heil salute.