On Monday, I made the worst possible mistake on the Internet: I provoked the ghost of Godwin.
More specifically, I wrote about the Holocaust, and in doing so invited an army of Poles (who seem to be members of a Yahoo! group devoted to ‘Polish Media Issues’) to descend on Paper Treiger in a valiant effort to defend the honor of their motherland.
I found many of the comments generally reasonable, though understandably motivated by the desire to deflect any blame away from Poland:
You write that the German Nazi extermination camp Treblinka was largely run by Poles. Can you provide some sources for your statement?
I checked my original source, realized that I could not substantiate that particular claim, and updated my post to reflect that fact.
But other comments were less helpful, in that they failed to address my main point, or failed to address my main point and were also just sort of offensive:
What an absolute load of tripe you have written.
Have you thought about the number of non jewish poles murdered in the holocaust.
Also if Poland was so antisemitic why were there so many jews living there.
It is time that Jews looked in a mirror and took some responsibility for the holocaust. [Goes on to describe how Jews are more at fault than Poles for the Holocaust.]
The whole episode reminded me of my experience posting English-subtitled versions of Jeffrey Goldberg’s favorite Israeli ads. Uploading those files to Youtube meant I was in charge of moderating Youtube comments, a task every uploader takes seriously, as you’ve no doubt noticed.
Now that the commenting has quieted down, I thought it might be fun to finally share some of the ones I had initially decided to keep for myself. Without further ado, Youtube:
Jews suck so bad. They murder everyone and expect world sympathy.
omg I will kill every last one of you jews, haha! Victory will be the White Mans
thanks for posting .. it is very important all people see this .. King David Burns in Hell. While Alexander the Great is known world wide as the best leader of all time. Convert to Judaism ..HAHA.. like i want my kid growing up celebrating the death and slaughterof people., the Slavery and subversion of people.. no no i will not be ‘coming back to Israel”
die jews go die die die
Hey Guyz, come back and help us kick people off of their land and either treat them like animals or just kill them if that’s too much effort
Reminds me of a nazi propanganda from the 1930’s for all true aryans return to the fatherland.
And, of course, one related comment that did not appear on Youtube:
Attacking women for being women, you are an ignorant asshole, people like you dilute the beauty that is america, LEAVE!
No, that last quote wasn’t actually censored, and yes – I do love it.