Chris Matthews: Hitler never used chemical weapons
Overlooks Nazi dictator's gassing of defenseless Jews in concentration camps
In an appearance on the ďMorning JoeĒ show Tuesday, MSNBC host Chris Matthews declared confidently that Adolf Hitler did not use chemical weapons in World War II.
Matthews compared the dictator of Nazi Germany to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, stating (emphasis added):
The problem is, I donít like it, first of all Iím rather dovish, I donít like what Iím going to say but itís true. If you basically put down a red line and say donít use chemical weapons, and itís been enforced in the Western community, around the world Ė international community for decades Ė donít use chemical weapons. We didnít use them in World War II, Hitler didnít use them, we donít use chemical weapons, thatís no deal. Although we do know that Assadís father did. And then he goes ahead and does it. It makes you wonder what the mullahs will do if they have a couple of nuclear weapons, just a couple. Are they capable of not using them? And that, of course, you know, I think that everybody talking this morning is projecting toward that, which is if you canít use deterrents the normal way Ė mutually assured destruction Ė you canít say, if you do this, weíre blowing you up. If that doesnít work, what does work? And thatís the problem.