The New York Times stays true to its perverse history. That notwithstanding, the parallels cannot be lost on anyone. The same excuses the soft allies were making for Hitler, they are making now for Ahmadinejad, Jong-il, Hezb'Allah, Hamas, and the whole of Islamic jihad.
1924 NY Times: "Hitler Tamed by Prison" IRIS blog
One of the prisoners released by Israel went on to found Hamas. The brutal child-murdering terrorist Kundar has just been slated for release by Israel. Guantanamo Bay terrorists are periodically released by America and immediately murder again in the Global Jihad.
But this story is staggering:
Each day we're told that radical Islamists, terrorists, and assorted extremists are going to moderate, so why not negotiate with them, appease them, defuse their grievances, have dialogue, and then everything will be okay.
But, those who are doubtful, argue, shouldn't we have learned from history that militant ideologies are not prone to compromise and ruthless dictators don't change their stripes. You cannot appease them, they don't go away; displays of weakness make them more aggressive.
Oh, no! Not the Nazi analogy again!
And yet what can you say when confronted with this New York Times headline of December 21, 1924:
"Hitler Tamed By Prison; Released on Parole, He Is Expected to Return to Austria."
[This is not a satire. See for yourself at:]
The correspondent explains that Hitler, once a demigod for the extreme right, was released on parole from the Landsberg fortress where he had been sent for trying to overthrow the democratic German government in what has come to be known as the Beerhouse Putsch.
Prison, the article continues, seems to have moderated him. The authorities were convinced that he presented no further danger to the existing society. In fact, it was expected that he would abandon public life and return to his native land, Austria.