Yes, Virginia, the Nazis were leftists

It becomes a little harder to deny every day:

Germany was rocked by the revelations last night that Günter Grass, its greatest living author and doyen of the Left, was a member of Hitler’s elite Waffen-SS. The Nobel laureate, who has been the country’s moral guide for decades, admitted in an interview published today that he became a member of the infamous Nazi corps at the age of 17.

The 78-year-old said he was driven by feelings of guilt to reveal the details of his “shameful” past in his autobiography, Peeling the Onion, due to be published next month.

I can’t even begin to tell you how amusing this is to me. Whether one points out that Mussolini was an influential member of the Italian Communist party or that famous left-wing intellectuals were Nazis, the modern left will apply Goebbel’s strategy of the Big Lie and deny, deny, deny.

It’s funny enough that Democratic senator Robert Byrd is a former KKK member. But for a doyenne of the Left like Gunter Grass to not only be an ex-Nazi, but ex-Waffen SS, that’s just hilarious.

As for the idea that the National Socialists were right-wing simply because they hated Jews and made a policy of killing them, I would direct the readers attention to the position of every single left-wing European political party on Israel. I’ll give you a hint: they don’t like it so much.