THIRD REICH AND HITLER / BUSH COMPARISON
The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of
private power to the point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state
itself. That in its essence is fascism ~ ownership of government by an
individual, by a group or any controlling private power: President Franklin D.
Psychologically, the Hitler/Bush comparison has been obvious to me for some
time. Both deeply insecure men, troubled childhoods, addicted to power,
messianic illusions of god given grandeur, barely contained repressed anger and
incapable of empathy and compassion ~ except with their animals.
In that regard, I originally posted this on March 20th, 2005 and I note how
it has proved to be prophetic.
It is almost inconceivable that the American public and the Democrats are
buying into the mindset that Bush's illegal invasion of Iraq was right and that
it is the seed for the spread of democracy throughout the region. The election
in both Afghanistan and Iraq were micromanaged by the U.S. from the start with
the obvious intention of maintaining a significant military presence in both
This is Germany in the 1930's when Hitler's grand design was bought into by a
sleeping German public ~ using the same propaganda techniques, moral
righteousness and God condoning rhetoric being heard today.
I BELIEVE that God wants me to be president. George W. Bush
"I would like to thank Providence and the Almighty for choosing me of all
people to be allowed to wage this battle for Germany," Adolf Hitler - Berlin
freedom and fear, justice and cruelty have always been at war, and we know
that God is not neutral between them. George W. Bush
"Never in these long years have we offered any other prayer but this: Lord,
grant to our people peace at home, and grant and preserve to them peace from
the foreign foe!" : Adolph Hitler - Nuremberg Sept. 13, 1936.
"God is not on the side of any nation, yet we know He is on the side of
justice. Our finest moments [as a nation] have come when we faithfully served
the cause of justice for our own citizens, and for the people of other lands"
George W. Bush
" If we pursue this way, if we are decent, industrious, and honest, if we so
loyally and truly fulfill our duty, then it is my conviction that in the future
as in the past the Lord God will always help us": Adolf Hitler, at the Harvest
Thanksgiving Festival on the Buckeburg held on 3 Oct. 1937
One columnist got it right last year and it was Seumas Milne who wrote a
brilliant column in the British Guardian: "The claim that democracy is on
the march in the Middle East is a fraud. It is not democracy, but the US
military, that is on the march
What has actually taken place since 9/11 and
the Iraq war is a relentless expansion of US control of the Middle East, of
which the threats to Syria are a part. The Americans now have a military
presence in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, the UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar -- and
in not one of those countries did an elected government invite them in. Of
course Arabs want an end to tyrannical regimes, most of which have been
supported over the years by the US, Britain and France: that is the source of
much anti-western Muslim anger. The dictators remain in place by U.S. license,
which can be revoked at any time -- and managed elections are being used as
another mechanism for maintaining pro-western regimes rather than spreading
Now let's take this Germany analogy one step further with the announcement
last year that the pentagon has formally approved, in their latest strategic
plan, preemptive attacks against nations thought to pose a threat to the United
Such a policy was categorically and without reservation condemned as a war
crime on Nov. 21, 1945 by Mr. Justice Jackson at the Nuremberg Trials.
Against this gathering storm of radical right wing power consolidation and
God driven and national security rationalized war fever, again very similar to
Germany in the 1930's, I recommend Oliver Hirschbiegel's painstaking and
provocative film/video on the last gasp of Hitler's Third Reich ~ DOWNFALL.
Hirschbiegel's moving and objective film makes Hitler and his fellow
conspirators, Himmler, Goebbels, Speer and even Eva Braun frighteningly
contemporary and plausible in their delusions of power and global empire
building ~ while everything was deteriorating around them.
It was easy to visualize Cheney in his bunker with his protege Bush ~ along
with Rice, Rumsfeld, Gonzales, Bolton and Wolfowitz ~ as they pored over their
maps of middle east oil targets and domination ~ refusing to face the reality
and consequences of their actions while the country slowly slipped into
economic chaos outside their bunker.
Glenn Whipp, LA Daily News, called the film fascinating for it's depiction of
the ordinariness of evil and writes " you have a picture of madness that could
exist anyplace where blind belief in a leader transcends reality "
And therein lies my point ~ for the blind belief in Bush by the radical far
right base of the Republican party and their Global empire building neocon
agenda is already close to transcending reality ~ and the future of our
constitution and Republic is at great risk.
We cannot afford to make this mistake again ~ and the world community, which
has seen this moral blindness before, will not let us.
And we can no longer avoid our moral disgrace as this 4 minute video clearly
reminds us ~
A nation blind to their disgrace
Allen L Roland
Allen L Roland is a practicing psychotherapist, author and lecturer who
also shares a daily political and social commentary on his weblog and website
allenroland.com He also guest hosts a monthly national radio show TRUTHTALK on
Conscious talk radio www.conscioustalk.net
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