261: Regarding Mussolini

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Regarding Mussolini
Constantly stopping these briefings halfway through is becoming a pain.
Title text: Constantly stopping these briefings halfway through is becoming a pain.


Godwin's Law states that all debates on the Internet, given enough time, will devolve into comparisons to Hitler or the Nazis. A common expansion on this law dictates that, when such a comparison is brought up, the debate immediately ends and the person who made the reference is declared the loser.

The scene in the comic shows generals of the Allied forces discussing about Benito Mussolini's invasion of Egypt. Mussolini and Hitler were each commanders of Axis powers during World War II, so comparisons between them are almost certain to arise.

As the title text suggests, it would have been detrimental to the war effort if Godwin's Law had been enforced during those meetings.

The joke is that Mussolini did share some qualities with Hitler; the comparison is actually valid and Godwin's Law should not apply.


[Three people are standing around a map. One of them is pushing something with a stick.]
[A messenger arrives.]
Messenger: General, Italian forces have entered Egypt.
General: As I expected. This is a foolish move by Mussolini, but like Hitler he will no doubt force his commanders to—
Messenger: Hey. Godwin's Law.
General: Dammit.
General: You know, this may become a problem.

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Hitler? I 'ardly KNOW 'er! ...Sorry. ‎ (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~) Hey! Godwin's Law.