On a day filled with lots of antismoking news, I was going to chill out and watch some snooker on BBC iplayer when I noticed The Eichmann Show was featured, so I watched that instead. It was a 90 minute drama-documentary about the 1961 Eichmann trial in Israel. The documentary component consisted of excerpts from videos of the trial. The drama interspersed between the videos was about the shooting of the video.
As ever, the first thing I noticed was that everybody was smoking. Even Eichmann was smoking when he was being questioned in Buenos Aires. About the only place nobody was smoking was in the courtroom.
After I’d watched it, I read a review of it:
Mixing archive clips of the actual trial into the drama was an effective way of reminding viewers, too, of the magnitude of what had been at stake. Certainly the horrors recalled by witnesses, and Eichmann’s seeming indifference to it all, have lost none of their power to shock with the passing of time. But what most impressed was the belief of all those involved (and reflected in every line of Simon Block’s fine script) that only telling the truth, and remembering, could prevent it happening again.
And then returned to the reality where it was all happening again.
For a long time we in Britain have looked with distaste at all manner of horrors happening not so far away and prided ourselves with no small amount of smuggery on the notion that It Couldn’t Happen Here. Well, anti-Semitism of the vilest sort IS happening here: And the survival of an entire community stands at hazard. Headlines in serious newspapers talk about Jews “escaping” Britain, as they are “escaping” France. There is open discussion- even from Jewish commentators, especially from Jewish commentators- about the end of Jewish life in postwar Europe, as if we are approaching the predetermined and inevitable climax to some historical cycle. For the first time in more than a generation, British Jews are having to worry for their personal and collective safety, not to mention their collective future. Keeping their heads down is no longer enough. And while after each and every Islamist atrocity we are warned- and warned incessantly- of the dangers of an anti-Muslim backlash, the fact remains that in Britain, in 2015, it’s the Jews who are double-bolting their doors.
I make no apologies for lumping antismoking together with antisemitism, because they’re essentially exactly the same thing: hatred underpinned by fraudulent (Nazi) ‘science’.
For by the time the documentary was over, the New Orleans city council had just voted unanimously (7-0) for a sweeping smoking (and vaping) ban, thereby ensuring the bankruptcy of many of its clubs and bars and casinos, making past history of its party town image, and consigning second-class citizenship on about a third of its citizens. Antismoking Nazis will be cock-a-hoop.
None of this will faze the antismoking zealots, as they move on to repeat the exercise in the next town. Because these killjoys not only want to stop people smoking, but they also want to stop people drinking and gambling and partying as well. They probably don’t like music either. They’ll be delighted when the bars and clubs and casinos close down. And even more delighted to make untermenschen of smokers. That’s the whole point of the exercise, after all.
Meanwhile, here in the UK, the Conservative-LibDem coalition government has decided to introduce “plain packaging” (which is a euphemism – like “Conservative” or “Liberal Democrat” or “Final Solution” – for covering cigarette packets with obscene antismoking images).
And in Nottingham the city’s hospital wants to be able to prosecute smokers caught smoking on its grounds.
And in Latvia, H/T Dick Puddlecote:
Following the law on Children Rights Protection stating that smoking in the presence of a child is regarded as a physical violence, the tobacco control law now clearly states that smoking in the presence of a child is prohibited.
In the comments under Simon Clark’s plain packaging report, Pat Nurse writes:
Smoking in the home will be banned next and soon, and then I reckon within 2 years tobacco will be made illegal, smokers will be forced to quit and those who don’t will be jailed where they’ll be forced to quit and probably “reformed” into anti-smoker morons.
Or just gassed.
And on his Bolton Smokers Club blog Junican wrote a few days ago:
The UK is becoming a Police State, and I worry that I am personally at risk. That would not worry me if it were not for the fact that herself is infirm and I have a lot to lose if I was targeted. The word ‘Bolton’ has to disappear because it is too localised. The blog needs to become generalised to avoid the possibility of accusations of ‘encouraging the growing of tobacco plants and thus the avoidance of tobacco duties’. Readers will be aware that this blog has always championed the individual against the might of the fascist, totalitarian, Nazi State.
There was really only one thing that I didn’t know before that I learned from The Eichmann Show, and it was that when the survivors of the Nazi concentration camps first started speaking of their experience, nobody would believe them. “That couldn’t possibly have happened!” they’d be told. And so they stopped talking about it.
The same disbelief is evident today. As Britain and Europe (and parts of the USA) slowly metamorphose into Nazi states, nobody can believe it’s all happening again, because “It Couldn’t Happen Here.”
Except that it is happening. Pretty much everywhere. And at the same time. And brought to you by the very politicians (like New Orleans’ Latoyah Cantrell) you thought you’d elected to represent you.