SOME people seem to think they are helping to win the war by lampooning Hitler in comic-strip style.
That’s a big mistake. You can’t laugh off a boa constrictor.
Hitler and what he symbolizes are too grim a menace to be evaporated by ridicule. Liar he may be—when lying suits his purpose. But there is plenty of proof that in the matter of Nazi ambition he means precisely what he says.
What is it that Hitler has promised the German people as the prize of victory, the reward for years of guns instead of butter?
This is the Nazi promise:
“A new aristocracy of German masters will be created. This aristocracy will have slaves assigned to it. These slaves to be their property and to consist of landless nonGerman nationals. Please do not interpret the word ‘slaves’ as a parable, or a rhetorical term. We actually have in mind a modern form of medieval slavery which we must, and will, introduce. These slaves will be denied a higher education, which will in future be reserved only for the German population. England must be destroyed as Carthage was destroyed.”
Was Hitler fooling?
The educated people of Poland, Czechoslovakia, Norway, Belgium, Holland, France and Greece have been decimated by murder, internment or persecution.
The working classes of those countries, millions of them, are actually slaves under German masters.
And what of the Japanese? Their doctrine is that the white man is an inferior — inferior because he does not sacrifice individuality to the state. World conquest and domination of the white race is what the Japanese dream about.
The reference to Slavery or Freedom on the poster reproduced above is no catch advertising phrase.
The Fight for Freedom is real enough.
The current Victory Loan Campaign is a vital part of that Fight.
The need for money is real enough too. And the raising of it is a matter for every man jack of us. It isn’t something that can be left to George, or to the so-called “big fellows,” or to banks, insurance companies and corporations. They are contributing heavily. But every man and woman who draws a pay envelope or who has savings in the bank is asked to pull his or her weight by subscribing for War Bonds to the utmost of his or her contriving. They aren’t asked to give a share of their earnings; merely to lend it. And that’s a pretty reasonable premium to pay for insurance of their present safety and rights, and of their future security.
That is what is at stake.
Nobody can tell the workers of the conquered countries of Europe that a Nazi conquest didn’t affect them.
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