A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by Glenn Davis
There has been a lot of talk recently by certain government officials about the threat that "Islamic fascism" poses to the world.
The underlying strategy behind this dubious rhetoric, is to make a comparison between this supposed "Islamic fascism," and the European fascism of the 1930s that preceded World War II.
By doing this, they hope to scare the American public into believing that unless they embrace a foreign-policy of preemptive warfare, a Nazi-like power grab by "Islamic fascists" will be forthcoming, wreaking great destruction throughout the world.
But a closer look at recent world events, and an examination of what fascism actually is, reveals that it is the United States that poses the real threat to democracy and world peace, having recently morphed into a fascist state itself.
Fascism, in a nutshell, is a particular form of authoritarian government in which big-industry merges with the state.
Benito Mussolini, the fascist Italian dictator whose name is synonymous with the term, went so far as to say that: "Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism, because it is a merger of State and corporate power."
With the quid pro quo relationship that exists between our American government and big-business, who could argue with a straight face that this is not precisely what we have in America today?
Just consider, for one example, the relationship between Vice President Dick Cheney and Halliburton. As a government official in the early 90s, Cheney helped arrange lucrative contracts for Halliburton and its subsidiaries by having them perform services for troops, such as cleaning and cooking, that used to be performed by enlisted men and women themselves. He was subsequently made CEO of Halliburton, putting his net worth into the tens of millions of dollars. When Cheney came back into power as Vice President, he pushed hard for the invasion of Iraq, and Halliburton has profited immensely as a result of its military-industrial contracts there.
That is a fine example of fascism at work.
Combine with this the recently expanded, unconstitutional governmental powers implemented domestically at the expense of individual rights. For example, the secretive warrant-less wiretapping program, or the arrest, and indefinite detention of people in denial of their constitutionally guaranteed due process rights. As well, there are vigorous attempts to permanently establish the president as a leader that can operate outside of the law.
Add to this America's aggressive, militaristic foreign policy, designed to achieve what many of our current leaders have described as "benevolent global hegemony" (world domination), and it then becomes clear that the United States has become a fascist, authoritarian state, hell-bent on empire. It is this recent change in our government, and not inadequate intelligence, that explains America's invasion of Iraq under false pretenses.
And, as to Islamic extremists and their hatred of America, a U.S. State Department report revealed the true cause of their anti-American sentiment: U.S. foreign policy.
There is indeed a global ideological movement taking place among Muslim peoples today. But it is not the result of any fascist ideologies. Rather, it is a resistance movement that is a direct reaction to the fascist-driven imperialism of the 21st century United States, now racing to seize control of Middle Eastern gas and oil by force, and attempting to reshape the region to its (and Israel's) liking.
So don't fall for the ruse that is "the threat of Islamic fascism."
In truth, it is the fascism of the current United States government that must be stopped by the American people. If not, it will bankrupt the country expanding the death and destruction it has created in Iraq to other parts of the world, and destroy what's left of the constitution at home.
"Fascism - A system of government that exercises a dictatorship of the extreme right, typically through the merging of state and business leadership, together with belligerent nationalism."
--American Heritage Dictionary, 1983
Glenn DavisA BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION