Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles says invoking imagery and the use of language about the Holocaust is ‘inappropriate and iresponsible.’

But Leftists called the mild and centrist George Bush a Nazi too so, in the absence of precise comparisons, the slur is so devalued as to have no real impact other than to show that the utterer is angry. The comparison might have had some force if Arizona had required EVERYONE to carry ID papers but that is not so.

The “slippery slope” argument is absurd too. I occasionally have a glass of wine with dinner. Does that mean that I am in danger of becoming an alcoholic? I am 66 and I have not become one yet! — JR

A leading Jewish human rights organization says that comparing Arizona’s tough new immigration law with Nazi Germany is “inappropriate and irresponsible.”

The Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles issued a statement this week expressing its opposition to the Arizona law but denouncing the use of language about the Holocaust, saying there was no need to “demonize opponents, even when they are mistaken, to those whose actions led to history’s most notorious crime.”

“We don’t need on top of everything else invoking imagery that is inappropriate,” the center’s associate dean, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, said Thursday in a phone interview from Jerusalem. “This type of language is toxic, is not accurate and makes the whole issue more difficult, not less difficult, to resolve.”

Before the Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to boycott most city travel to Arizona and future contracts with companies there, Councilman Paul Koretz compared the environment in Arizona now to Germany in the 1930s. “This is very frightening stuff,” he said. “If this was being proposed at the federal level, I would think we’re absolutely at the very beginnings of what went on in Nazi Germany.”…