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
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
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,
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
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