A full and frank exchange of views on a satirical website has recently escalated into what could be an international catastrophe of biblical proportions. United Nations peacekeeping observers have had to be called in to monitor the exchanges on NewsBiscuit's chat forum after a contributor likened the legal proceedings against a former well-known disc jockey to the Nuremberg Trials.
Just as the perpetrators of the appalling atrocities of the Nazis and the Rwandan massacres had to be brought to justice, claimed the contributor, so too we have the duty to expose the equally heinous crimes of a sad old seventies has-been.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for an immediate end to escalating comments on the website, and urged contributors to recover their sense of proportion and recognise that, once again, Godwin's Law has inevitably been proved.
Godwin's Law states that, given enough time, in any online discussion — regardless of topic or scope — someone inevitably makes a comparison to Hitler or the Nazis.