To the editor:
On the night of Feb. 27, 1933 the German parliament building was destroyed by fire. The ruling Nazi party quickly passed an emergency decree suspending civil liberties.
The fire had been set by an arsonist. The Nazi party was intent on convincing the German people that the arsonist was a terrorist acting in a communist conspiracy. Based on this assumption the Nazi party forced through the “Enabling Act” which gave the Nazis dictatorial power.
The accused arsonist insisted that he had acted alone. It will never be proven who actually destroyed the parliament building but what is known for sure is that Hitler’s party ignored parliament, used the fire to suspend democracy and took total control.
The tragedies in Ottawa and Montreal and our government’s paranoid response brings to mind a quote from Theodore Roosevelt: “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.”