You’ve all seen the pictures and heard the astonishing rationalizations from Rich Iott who is a teabagger candidate for Congress in Ohio. He’s also the slam dunk choice for malaka of the week as well as the third malaka from the left in the snap above. <clicking my heels>
Herr Iott has spent a lot of time trying to convince people that he dressed up in a German uniform to bond with his kid or that the Waffen SS were just soldiers and not really Nazis. If Herr Iott knew any *actual* history as opposed to theWiking.org version, he’d know that the SS were declared to be a criminal outfit during the Nuremberg trials. That’s right: Rich Iott is not just playing soldier boy, he’s playing war criminal. He doesn’t even have the sense to say “somebody’s gotta play the bad guys in a re-enactment.”Instead he says stupid shit like this:
Ohio Congressional candidate Rich Iott got grilled by Anderson Cooper last night on his ratherunusual hobby of dressing up as a member of the 5th SS Wiking Panzer Division, a unit in the German army during World War II.
Iott defended the members of the unit, who he said “wanted to fight what they saw as a bigger threat to them than Germany,” so they joined up with the Nazis to fight the eastern front of the war against Soviet forces. “I don’t think we can sit here and judge that today. We weren’t there the time they made those decisions,” he said.
Iott called “what happened in Germany during the second World War one of “the low points in human history,” but defended the Wiking Division when Cooper referred to them as collaborators: “I don’t know that I would put that label on them. They were doing what they thought was right for their country. And they were going out and fighting what they thought was a bigger, you know, a bigger evil.”
Iott also contended that “this particular unit was one that was never charged with war crimes,” though Cooper pointed out that one member was recently charged with the murder of 58 Jews. Iott replied: “The war on the eastern front was extremely brutal on both sides. Nobody was lily-white, that’s for sure. Horrible things that happened on both sides.”
So, it’s okay because they were anti-communist collaborators? Who the hell does he think he’s fooling? Many brave Norwegians joined the resistance and fought the Nazis because they invaded and occupied their country. I think there’s a special place in hell for those who collaborated with the Nazis and went on to committ war crimes. There’s also a lesser place in hell for idiots who apologize for, and dress up like, members of the Wiking Unit of the Waffen SS.
It’s a good thing that malaka Rich lives up in Buckeye land otherwise I’d be tempted to shave his head a la the French Resistance. I have better impulse control than that so all I’m going to do is name Rich, who puts the Iott in idiot, malaka of the week.