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Hey, kids! Compare Bush to Hitler and you’ll win a prize:

Seventeen-year-old Jeffrey Eden of Charlestown, R.I., has been awarded an A by his teacher and the ‘’Silver Key’’ in the Rhode Island Scholastic Art Awards for a diorama titled ‘’Bush/Hitler and How History Repeats Itself.’’

But praise the US and you’ll be facing the Hitler comparisons yourself:

A Kuwaiti Arab Muslim student is speaking out after his community college approved an article indirectly comparing him to Adolph Hitler.

Last semester, Foothill College political science professor Joseph Woolcock flunked Ahmad Al Qloushi and ordered him to get psychological treatment because he wrote a pro-American essay as his take-home final exam. Standing his ground on the essay, Al Qloushi explained that if it were not for U.S. intervention into Kuwait when he was younger, he would not have had the opportunity for furthering his education. “I owe America a lot of gratitude and debt, and I refuse to bad-mouth this country in any way,” he said at the time.

Bob Parks has more on the Ahmad Al Qloushi debacle, which began last month.

(Via reader Paul Johnson)

Posted by Tim B. on 02/16/2005 at 09:36 AM
    1. Somebody recently on the Guardian letters page (can’t find the link now) reminded me of Godwin’s law:

      “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one”.

      According to Wikipedia, tradition holds that once such a comparison is made, the thread is over, and whoever mentioned the Nazis has automatically lost whatever argument was in progress.  This convention may no longer hold since the emergence of George Bush.

      Posted by rexie on 2005 02 16 at 10:52 AM • permalink


    1. I love how they don’t seem able to provide any evidence to support their claim, and get mad when you dare ask for some.

      Posted by Crusader on 2005 02 16 at 12:46 PM • permalink


    1. A diorama for seventeen-year-olds?

      They’ll probably make anti-Bush protestors out of egg cartons next.

      The young student who got a failed mark reminds us how people who were born elsewhere often appreciate the benefits of living in a country like the US much more than those who kicked off life there.

      And what about those tiresome endless Hitler references. Hands up who hasn’t been accused of being like him. Right, that’s one person up the back. Nobody ever, of course, accuses one of being a utter sod like Stalin.

      Posted by Major Anya on 2005 02 16 at 02:22 PM • permalink


    1. “The young student who got a failed mark reminds us how people who were born elsewhere often appreciate the benefits of living in a country like the US much more than those who kicked off life there.”

      An Iranian I met the other day here in London is the most enthusiastic Bush supporter I have come across in polite society.  He tells me that nearly everyone in Iran was hoping that Bush won in November. Perhaps his fervour was getting in the way of his accuracy, but we certainly shouldn’t assume that everyone in the middle east hates America for “imposing” democracy on an unsuitable state.

      Posted by rexie on 2005 02 16 at 02:32 PM • permalink


    1. I have an Iraqi friend who is a proud, recent recipient of a green card.  You do NOT want to be in the same room with her and call Bush “Hitler.” She has at least three languages at her disposal.

      Posted by Nightfly on 2005 02 16 at 03:23 PM • permalink


    1. Perhaps they should have named an icebreaker after him?

      Posted by Crusader on 2005 02 16 at 04:07 PM • permalink


    1. Look how ANU is encouraging students to lean Spanish.

      Posted by Quentin George on 2005 02 16 at 04:22 PM • permalink


    1. Kurt Anderson’s had a momentary glimpse of sanity, ut it won’t last. One of the key elements in being a leftist is the need to belong, to feel superior to those who don’t.

      You just watch. Couple weeks from now he’s going to backtrack because none of his “friends” will want him around until he does.

      As for the left panicking: This is good. We can do the world a favor and push them over the edge. I say stop trying to reason with them and make them even more paranoid.

      Posted by Gary from Jersey on 2005 02 16 at 04:24 PM • permalink


    1. People pay property taxes for this crap.

      Posted by terryelee on 2005 02 16 at 04:51 PM • permalink


    1. Clearly Andy Warhol’s famous prediction needs revising: in the future, everyone will be Hitler for fifteen minutes.

      Posted by Andrew Zalotocky on 2005 02 16 at 04:53 PM • permalink


    1. Only if Bush can stop hogging the Hitler spotlight all the time. Damn it, other people want to be called Hitler, too.

      Just another reason to hate Chimpy McWMD for everything he stands for.


      Posted by PW on 2005 02 16 at 11:37 PM • permalink


    1. “Nobody ever, of course, accuses one of being a utter sod like Stalin.”

      I’ve had an Italian friend compare John Howard to Mussolini for conspiring to dilute our precious petrol with ethanol. I can’t say I disagreed with him, second rate petrochemicals are the first sign of tyranny.

      Posted by AussieJim on 2005 02 17 at 12:06 AM • permalink


    1. Prof Woolcock sounds like Dr Ivan Milat Molloy of the Beautiful One Day, Perfect the Next University of the Soporific Coast -a third-rate academic in a fourth rate educational institution.

      Posted by mr magoo on 2005 02 17 at 12:53 AM • permalink


    1. Aussie Jim — Yeah, but when you mix alcohol with petrol you get a pretty fair grappa…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 02 17 at 01:56 AM • permalink


  1. Okay, the 17-year-old is a dork. First for making a diorama and then for picking that as a topic.

    As for tale of the Kuwaiti who was supposedly flunked for supporting Bush, Rusty Shackleford exchanged some emails with the professor over at his site.

    Prof. Joseph Woolcock Responds to Student’s Allegations

    It might be a bit of a “fake turkey” story.

    Posted by zonker on 2005 02 18 at 12:30 PM • permalink