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Donald Rumsfeld on Wednesday:
"But some seem not to have learned history's lessons...once again we
face similar challenges in efforts to confront the rising threat of a new
type of fascism."
George Bush yesterday:
The war we fight today is more than a military conflict; it is the decisive
ideological struggle of the 21st century...As veterans, you have seen this
kind of enemy before. They're successors to Fascists, to Nazis,
to Communists, and other totalitarians of the 20th century. And history shows
what the outcome will be.
Where were both of these speeches given? At the national convention
of the American Legion.
And what was the American Legion up to in the 1920s and 30s? Let's ask one
of the greatest reporters of the 20th century, George
In a interview in January 1923, Commander-in-Chief Alvin Owsley of the American
Legion not only endorsed Mussolini and Fascism, but announced his readiness
to do what the Duce did, that is, upset the democratic form of government,
establish a reign of terror, maintain a dictatorship where the masses of people
are deprived of all civil rights.
"If ever needed," he said, "the American Legion stands ready
to protect our country's institutions and ideals as the Fascisti dealt with
the destructionists who menaced Italy."
Asked whether that meant taking over the government, he replied:
"Exactly that...Do not forget that the Fascisti are to Italy
what the American Legion is to the United States."
And who were those loathsome appeasers whom Donald Rumsfeld hates
Prior to April, 1941, his journal now discloses, [Charles] Lindbergh was
exceedingly active behind the scenes in generating antiwar sentiment. The
flier worked intimately with Robert R. McCormick, the publisher of the Chicago
Tribune; Robert Wood, board Chairman of Sears, Roebuck; former president Herbert
Hoover, Henry Ford, Senator Harry F. Byrd of Virginia, Hanford MacNider
[co-founder of the
American Legion], Senator Burton K. wheeler of Montana and John T. Flynn,
Now, it should be said that even at the time there were contrary currents within
the American Legion. Moreover, organizations don't have an immutable character,
and they do some worthwhile things today. Nevertheless, the leadership remains
given their history, speeches to them about standing up to fascism are strongly
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