Against Total War? You’re an Appeaser of Fascism
For months, I have railed against the absurd neocon averment that Islam constitutes the embodiment of a new fascism. I have insisted the phrase “Islamofascism” is nothing if not a trite neologism, a meaningless political epithet. In effect, the term is used in a simplistic way to crank up the fear quotient.
“Islamofascism is nothing but an empty propaganda term,” notes Joseph Sobran. “And wartime propaganda is usually, if not always, crafted to produce hysteria, the destruction of any sense of proportion. Such words, undefined and unmeasured, are used by people more interested in making us lose our heads than in keeping their own.”
“The term ‘Islamofascist’ is utterly without meaning, but packed with emotional explosives. It is a propaganda creation worthy Dr. Goebbels, and the latest expression of the big lie technique being used by neocons in Washington’s propaganda war against its enemies in the Muslim World,” writes Eric Margolis.
This ugly term was probably first coined in Israel—as was the other hugely successful propaganda term, ‘terrorism’—to dehumanize and demonize opponents and deny them any rational political motivation, hence removing any need to deal with their grievances and demands…. Fascism demands a succession of wars, foreign conquests, and national threats to keep the nation in a state of fear, anxiety and patriotic hypertension. Those who disagree are branded ideological traitors…. It is grotesque watching the Bush Administration and Tony Blair maintain the ludicrous pretense they are re-fighting World War II. The only similarity between that era and today is the cultivation of fear, war fever and racist-religious hate by US neoconservatives and America’s religious far right, which is now boiling with hatred for anything Muslim.
Sec. of Offense, Donald Rumsfeld, has entered the fray and is on point with the latest neocon stage managed effort to portray opposition to the insanity of forever war—or, at minimum, war that will last a few generations—as appeasement of fascism.
“Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld compared critics of the Bush administration to those who sought to appease the Nazis before World War II, warning Tuesday that the United States is confronting ‘a new type of fascism,’” reports the Los Angeles Times. “By comparing U.S. foreign policy with World War II and the Cold War, Rumsfeld sought to portray skeptics of Bush’s foreign policy as being on the wrong side of history. Rumsfeld again ridiculed U.S. officials who, before World War II, wished to negotiate with Adolf Hitler.”
Never mind that the unitary decider in the Oval Office hails from a family that violated the Trading with the Enemy Act by “profiting from their Nazi partnerships” during the Second World War, a well established fact revealed by documents in the National Archives and Library of Congress, not that we can expect the corporate media to point out such things.
“The story of Prescott Bush and Brown Brothers Harriman is an introduction to the real history of our country,” L.A. art book publisher and historian Edward Boswell told John Buchanan and Stacey Michael of the New Hampshire Gazette. “It exposes the money-making motives behind our foreign policies, dating back a full century. The ability of Prescott Bush and the Harrimans to bury their checkered pasts also reveals collusion between Wall Street and the media that exists to this day.”
“The discovery of the Bush-Nazi documents raises new questions about the role of Prescott Bush and his influential business partners in the secret emigration of Nazi war criminals, which allowed them to escape justice in Germany,” says Bob Fertik, co-founder of Democrats.com and an amateur ‘Nazi hunter.’ “It also raises questions about the importance of Nazi recruits to the CIA in its early years, in what was called Operation Paperclip, and Prescott Bush’s role in that dark operation.”
Fertik and others, including former Justice Department Nazi war crimes prosecutor John Loftus, a Constitutional attorney in Miami, and a former Veterans Administration official, believe Prescott Bush and the Harrimans should have been tried for treason.
No such luck. Instead, we can expect the neocons to make flaccid comparisons between Muslims and Nazis—while the real fascists are here, at home—as they push ever closer to total war.
Unfortunately, many Americans, with scant knowledge of fascism or Nazism—indeed, millions of Americans are completely ignorant of history, let alone basic political science—will buy into this latest bit of hokum.
“The struggle we are in is too important—the consequences too severe—to have the luxury of returning to the ‘blame America first’ mentality,” Rumsfeld told the American Legion. “Can we truly afford to return to the destructive view that America—not the enemy—is the real source of the world’s troubles?”
Of course, the American Legion is the perfect audience for Rumsfeld’s pronouncement, essentially an incitement against a large percentage of the population.
In August, 2005, the Legion “declared war on antiwar protestors,” according to Editor & Publisher. “Speaking at its national convention in Honolulu, the group’s national commander called for an end to all ‘public protests’ and ‘media events’ against the war,” in other words the American Legion demanded the First Amendment be trashed.
Thomas Cadmus, national commander, told delegates to use whatever means necessary to “ensure the united backing of the American people to support our troops and the global war on terrorism…. It would be tragic if the freedoms our veterans fought so valiantly to protect would be used against their successors today as they battle terrorists bent on our destruction…. We had hoped that the lessons learned from the Vietnam War would be clear to our fellow citizens. Public protests against the war here at home while our young men and women are in harm’s way on the other side of the globe only provide aid and comfort to our enemies.”
Rumsfeld, however, was not alone.
“Mr. Cheney,” reports the New York Times, “spoke of appeasement at an appearance on Tuesday at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, reciting a passage that echoed verbatim one of his stock speeches…. ‘This is not an enemy that can be ignored, or negotiated with, or appeased,’ he said. ‘And every retreat by civilized nations is an invitation to further violence against us. Men who despise freedom will attack freedom in any part of the world, and so responsible nations have a duty to stay on the offensive, together, to remove this threat.’”
On August 10, standing on the tarmac of the airport in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Bush declared “that this nation is at war with Islamic fascists,” an avowal that likely warmed the hearts of neocon warmongers far and wide.
Three days later, the “conservative” (Fox News neocon) Cal Thomas, amplified Bush’s assertion on the pages of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “It is long past the time when we need to start ‘playing’ the equivalent of smash-mouth football with these people. They’ve got our number but we don’t yet have theirs,” said Thomas in reference to the British liquid bomb patsies (as a neocon, it would be indecent for Thomas to wait for the patsies to actually be convicted of a crime, or rather framed for one). “This isn’t about “civil rights” and constitutional protection. These people use our Constitution to protect themselves so they can kill us. And this is decidedly not a game. It is life and death.”
As Eric Margolis writes, neocons “revel in flag-waving, patriotic melodrama, demonstrations of military power, and use the mantle of patriotism to feather the nests of the military-industrial complex, colluding legislators and lobbyists. They urge war to the death, fought, of course, by other people’s children. They have turned important sectors of the media into propaganda organs and brought the Pentagon largely under their control.”
Now, the neoconservatives are busy whipping up war against Syria and Iran to keep themselves in power and maintain the political dynamics of this 21st century revival of fascism.
The real modern fascists are not in the Muslim World, but Washington. The neocons screaming fascist the loudest, are the true fascists themselves. It’s a pity that communist and leftist propaganda so debased the term “neo-fascist” that it has become almost meaningless. Because that is what we should be calling the so-called neocons, for that is what they really are.
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