At last, a high government official in Europe got up the nerve to chastise the Dutch government for preparing to legalize infant euthanasia. Italy's Parliamentary Affairs minister, Carlo Giovanardi, said during a radio debate: "Nazi legislation and Hitler's ideas are reemerging in Europe via Dutch euthanasia laws and the debate on how to kill ill children."Ah the magical world of PC. What German doctors did during WWII was deplorable but the same thing done by the Dutch today is OK because they really care about the babies. We can’t be allowed to draw comparisons between the two because that would link the liberal agenda to Nazism and everybody knows only Bush and conservatives are Nazis.
Unsurprisingly, the Dutch, ever prickly about international criticism of their peculiar institution, were outraged. Giovanardi's critique cut so deeply that even Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende felt the need to respond, sniffing,
"This [Giovanardi's assertion] is scandalous and unacceptable. This is not the way to get along in Europe."
As is often the case in the New Europe, what is said matters more than what is done. Thus, the prime minister of the Netherlands thinks that killing babies because they are born with terminal or seriously disabling conditions is not a scandal, but daring to point out accurately that German doctors did the same during World War II, is.(emphasis mine -DB)
The Weekly Standard article points out that in Germany, doctors who performed the “treatment” of undesirable babies were not forced to do so. The actually felt they were doing a valuable service. But this service quickly got out of hand and evolved into the T-4 project where undesirable adults were murdered either by starvation or lethal injection. Often these people were killed without examination but just at the whim of the doctor.
I find it amazing that the Dutch think that they can avoid the slippery slope. It looks like history is about to repeat itself.
Hat Tip Danny Carlton at JackLewis.net