Deborah E. Lipstadt, a Holocaust historian, and Norman Eisen, a child of a Holocaust survivor, wrote a joint op-ed in the Washington Post last Wednesday equating President Donald Trump’s claims that the 2020 election “was stolen” to Holocaust denial.
The two columnists wrote that “As students of history, we do not make this comparison lightly: No lie could be as bad as denying the reality of a genocide. But democracy denial is bad enough.”
The President’s “democracy denial,” they added, has “an unmistakable racial tinge” because his claims focus on “particular cities with large Black populations — Philadelphia, Detroit, Milwaukee, Atlanta.”
Nathan Lewin, a criminal defense attorney who has taught at Georgetown, Harvard, University of Chicago, George Washington University and Columbia law, criticized Lipstadt and Eisen’s piece in Israel’s Arutz Sheva Tuesday as both “reprehensible and revolting.”
In his op-ed, Lewin, who is Jewish and is open about his admiration for Trump for his continued success in creating Middle East peace, but is also “appalled by his extravagant narcissism and capriciousness,” writes that Lipstadt is renowned for standing up to Holocaust deniers, pointing to when she was sued in England 20-years ago and won her case against a Holocaust denier.
Eisen, Lewin also recognizes, for his expertise in legal ethics and his background as the son of an Auschwitz survivor. Lewin also points to the fact that Eisen was former President Barack Obama’s classmate in law school and later served in his administration as U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic.
“Touting their Jewish credentials and Holocaust expertise and experience, Lipstadt and Eisen opine that contesting the results of the presidential election parallels Holocaust denial,” Lewin writes.
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Trump: Tanks to Ukraine could escalate to use of ‘NUKES’
Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social, “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”
Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”
It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.
Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.
And the escalation of war is visible.
Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.
Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.
Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”
Morning. Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.
— Oleksiy Goncharenko (@GoncharenkoUa) January 26, 2023
The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”
F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.
Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.
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