The words weren't the problem. It's was the ordering of the genocide that was the crime. Of course he had use words to convey his message.
"His message" being another way of saying "his opinion", which you said doesnt count.
I doubt if he used some mafia euphimism for kill all the jews and gypsies.
Of course. It wouldnt surprise me if he directly told people "Go and kill those jews". Id still describe that as "His words and opinion influenced others".
Don't tell me you buy the "the devil made me do it" defense?
Not at all. The disagreement is with your premise that just because it was only words and opinions that that makes somebody not
responsible for harm:
I dislike hate speech but I dislike muzzled speech even more. I think it is OK to yell fire in a crowded theater. If any harm comes from it, you pay the consequences. If no harm comes from it, you probably should just be thrown out. Are we going to make it illegal for someone to call me hispanic? I hate it when people do that.
what does "harm comes from it" mean? (think of the heckler's veto; think of radical Muslim responses to newspaper comic strips. does the speaker get any blame for the violence that happened in response to their words in this scenario of 'paying for the consequences'?)
No harm comes from words (which also means thought), only actions. The problem with the muslim cartoons isn't the cartoonist. It's the loony muslims who went after him who should suffer the consequences. It's the same as if I trotted up to the local Hells Angels chapter and called them a bunch of Mongols.
Hitler is a counter-example. The nazi soldiers under him absolutely are responsible for their actions, but the discussion is that your logic here leads to the conclusion that the nazi soldiers were responsible for their actions and that Hitler wasnt a problem
because he did nothing but voice his words and opinions and therefore isnt responsible for the actions the soldiers took. The comparative statement to the examples in your post would be "The problem with WW2 wasnt Hitler. Its the loony soldiers who followed his opinions who should suffer the consequences."
Most people would disagree, and would say that although the soldiers were responsible for their own actions, Hitler was still responsible as well