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Abusing the Holocaust Analogy?

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abstract Michael Desch asserts that the strategic use and abuse of a “Holocaust Analogy” is responsible for the United States' unconditional support of Israel and a misguided commitment to combat genocide. Guided by a false sense of guilt, he argues, American decision makers have lost sight of the national interest. 1
The argument fails to persuade. First, Desch's depiction of the Holocaust analogy is unsubstantiated and idiosyncratic. Second, uncovering an historical connection between an abandonment myth and American foreign policy cannot provide guidance in making what are essentially moral judgments. Third, empirical claims premised upon the existence of an objective, or value-free, conception of the national interest are ill-suited to the task of adjudicating competing moral claims. Hence, “The Myth of Abandonment” constitutes a misuse, indeed an abuse, of social science.
   
type journal paper
   
keywords
   
language Deutsch
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 2006
journal Security Studies
publisher Routledge (Philadelphia, Pa.)
ISSN 0963-6412
ISSN (online) 1556-1852
DOI 10.1080/09636410701190930
volume of journal 15
number of issue 4
page(s) 706-712
review not reviewed
   
citation Davis, J. W. (2006). Abusing the Holocaust Analogy?. Security Studies, 15(4), 706-712, DOI:10.1080/09636410701190930.