In fact, Muslims throughout the world are reacting venomously to the pope's remarks, which merely quoted from a book recounting a conversation between 14th century Byzantine Christian Emperor Manuel Paleologos II and a Persian scholar on the truths of Christianity and Islam. (When will the Muslim world get as exercised about beheading innocent civilians, crashing planes into buildings full of innocent civilians, and threats by Muslim fascist regimes to wipe Israel off the map ... but that's another post ... or two.)
What are they smoking in their sheeshas these days? There are a few Hitler-like people in this world -- Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein are just two -- but let's be real. The Pope? The Pope has designs on ruling the world? Killing everyone who doesn't look like him? Willing to incinerate the whole world to achieve his goals?
I wish I owned Hitler's image the way Fred Goldman should own O.J. Simpson's image. How many times do we see arguments end with one person comparing somebody to Hitler? Well, it's so common, there's actually a physical "law" about it. It's called Godwin's Law" and here's how Wikipedia explains it:
Godwin's Law (also Godwin's Rule of Nazi Analogies) is a mainstay of Internet culture, an adage formulated by Mike Godwin in 1990. It is particularly concerned with logical fallacies such as reductio ad Hitlerum, wherein an idea is unduly dismissed or rejected on ground of it being associated with persons generally considered "evil."
The law states:
"As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one. "
There is a tradition in many newsgroups and other Internet discussion forums that once such a comparison is made, the thread is finished and whoever mentioned the Nazis has automatically "lost" whatever debate was in progress.
Invoking Godwin's Law ... anti-Pope radical Muslims with no sense of perspective lose this argument.
UPDATE 9/20: UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez took his verbal battle with the United States to the floor of the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday, calling President Bush "the devil."
UPDATE 9/19: WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- A senator compared Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Hitler and made fun of his name on Tuesday during a congressional hearing on the U.S. strategy to end Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program.