British society has a habit of possessing men of education and wealth who lack any comprehension of history, let alone the English language. In an interview with The Times, bernie Ecclestone, head of Formula One, offered his brilliant insights into the government of Nazi Germany and its leader, Adolf Hitler. “In a lot of ways, terrible to say this I suppose, but apart from the fact that Hitler got taken away and persuaded to do things that I have no idea whether he wanted to do or not, he was in the way that he could command a lot of people, able to get things done.” After being challenged on this incredibly confused and ignorant understanding of Nazi Germany, Mr. Ecclestone went on to make even more confused statements. “I was not using Hitler as a positive example of leadership, but only pointing to the fact tha tbefore his dreadful crimes against humanity, he successfully governed through the unemployment and economic crisis (of the 1930s).”
Well, let’s examine the supposed “successful” Hitler governance.
1. During the 1930s, thousands of union officials, Jews, and other opponents were arrested and sent to concentration camps.
2. Hitler undertook a massive increase in the armed forces which allowed reduction in unemployment. He developed a huge armament industry.
3. He forced Austria to end its democratic government.
4. He unleashed vicious attacks on Jews during the thirties.
Mr. Ecclestone may know something about hair shampoo, but his ideas on Hitler should result in him being waved out of the hair of people.