What scares me is that the language and posturing coming out of the Bush adminstration has always reminded me of the Nazis. I’m not calling anyone a Nazi or even directly comparing the two. To me, that’s crazy ultra-liberal talk. But it has the … there’s something in their attitude that makes me think that this is how fascism starts. An atmosphere of constant fear, allowing for freedoms and privacy to be eroded ever so slightly (or landslided if you’re middle eastern).
But it started for me with the term HOMELAND SECURITY and when conservatives began adopting the language coming from the White House without question. And democrats aren’t far behind. They go along just so they don’t look unpatriotic, which will (make no doubt about it) weaken their position with many of their constituents.
Then there was talk of a SHADOW GOVERNMENT. Then a few months ago the U.S. military raided places in Iraq to ferret out “rebels” (doesn’t that make us the Empire?) and named the operation: IRON HAMMER. That, unintentionally, was also the code name of one of the Nazi operations in WWII.
Reuters: “Eisenhammer,” the German for “iron hammer,” was a Luftwaffe code name for a plan to destroy Soviet generating plants in the Moscow and Gorky areas in 1943, according to Universal Lexikon on the www.infobitte.de Web site.
Poorly chosen, Pentagon.
Of course, a lot of people just swallow it all, hook, line and sinker. Because of the truth in this quote that I found on the net:
Julius Caesar: “Beware of the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind is closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and do it gladly so. How do I know? I know for this is what I have done. And I am Caesar.” – (101-44 BC)