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Thursday, 31 August 2006 20:50

Rumsfeld and Bush are Right About Evoking Nazism – But It’s the Mirror That They Should be Looking At

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A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL

Many a website, including BuzzFlash, has often quoted none other than Nazi leader Hermann Goering. Here is how an American Army interviewer recounts a conversation with Goering, as the latter awaited trial at Nuremberg:

"Why, of course, the people don't want war," Goering shrugged. "Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece. Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship."

"There is one difference," I pointed out. "In a democracy the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare wars."

"Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

Rumsfeld and Bush are on the right trail in bringing up Nazism, but it’s because the Goering quote applies to them to a "T."

It was former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card who said, before the campaign of lies and deception began that led us into the Iraq war, that the administration was not going to start the path to the Iraq War in August, because it is necessary to wait until after Labor Day to roll out a new "product."

There are two fundamental choices that an individual has to make in terms of deciding whether to follow the Bush Administration/Goering siren song of war as a tool to amass absolute power by a small elite group of plotters.

The first fundamental question is this: is the movement toward an Iran War being conducted primarily to protect us or primarily to achieve unprecedented one party power in the United States?

Of course, it is the second option, just as it was with Iraq. The Iraq War is such a fiasco, it made Iran the regional power it is today by removing Iraq as a restraining counterforce in the Middle East. In short, the Bush Administration created a War in Iraq that helped create the conditions for now "justifying" a war with Iran.

These are the tools used by dictators to direct the masses into a form of mass hysteria that leads to a population willingly giving up Constitutional powers and individual rights to the incontestable rule of a dictator.

The second fundamental choice begins with an accepted assumption: there are terrorists in the world (there always have been and always will be, although the motivations and actions will differ over time.) Given that there are terrorists in the world, the question is then, "Has this administration proven, even remotely, that it has the qualifications, combat experience, track record, integrity, depth of knowledge, respect for the military, or intellectual prowess to outflank the terrorists?"

The answer to that question is emphatically "no," based on six years of ruinous and deceitful experience. Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney and George W. Bush are losers that are asking us all not to "give up" because they have failed us, the nation, and the world.

They are asking us to support an affirmative action war agenda for failures: them.

So when Rumsfeld and Bush trot out the latest focus group tested Frank Luntz sound bites about Nazis, they should look in the mirror.

Staring back at them will be the visage of Hermann Goering, Nazi.

A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL