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Is U.S. like Germany of the ‘30s?

I seem to wonder more and more why Germany was the ‘30’s version of The Great Satan.  Hell, Italy during its attempt to colonize Ethiopia massacred hundreds of thousands of people to feed its war machine.  I think that if we choose just one European country as the poster anti-child for bad behavior we miss the totalitarian behavior by some of Europe’s greatest children.  Don’t blame it on Germany, hell blame the whole continent.  But then we do have Bush who has been criticised as being kinda “...foolish, self-destructive and criminally unjust...” Read the article.

The historical question remains. I leave aside the question of the guilt of the whole German people (a judgment beyond my competence because I am not God) and ask what explanations might account for what happened. Hitler turned the German economy around in short order. He was crazy, of course, a demagogic mystic sensitive to aspirations of the German spirit. He appealed skillfully to the dark side of the German heritage. Anti-Semitism was strong in Germany, as it was in most European countries, but not violent until Hitler manipulated it. He stirred up the memories of historic German military accomplishments and identified himself with Frederick the Great—thus placating the Prussian ethos of the German army. He promised glory to a nation still smarting from the disaster of 1918. Germany was emerging from the ashes, strong and triumphant once again. He also took control of the police apparatus. The military might have been able to dump him till 1937. After that he was firmly in power. The path lay open to holocaust.
Can this model be useful to understand how contemporary America is engaged in a criminally unjust war that has turned much of the world against it, a war in which torture and murder have become routine? Has the combination of the World Trade Center attack and a president who believes his instructions come from God unleashed the dark side of the American heritage?

http://www.suntimes.com/output/greeley/cst-edt-greel11.html


Posted by SPN on 06/15 at 02:51 PM in Blogging

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