Monday, August 30, 2004

Which World War is it, Anyway?

"And do not forget the petty scoundrels in this regime; note their names, so that none will go free! They should not find it possible, having had their part in these abominable crimes, at the last minute to rally to another flag and then act as if nothing had happened!" - from the fourth leaflet of the anti-Nazi resistance, The White Rose, 1942.

Among those wise enough to know America is in one and has been for some time, there's disagreement over which World War George Bush is actually waging. Should we call it number III? Or was that the Cold War, and now we're at number IV and counting? ("This is World War IV" is the favoured construct of the neoconservatives. See, for instance, such bloody-minded idealogues as John Woolsey and Norman Podhoretz. I imagine at some point they determined that decades of association with nuclear apocalypse had voided the potential positive spin for "World War III.")

So which World War is it? It's neither the Third nor the Fourth; it's still the Second. Even though the apologists of the Pirate Class in their red, white and blue shirts will never own the name "fascist." As Orwell wrote in Politics and the English Language, "the word fascism has now no meaning except in so far as it signifies 'something not desirable.'" But that's no reason for us to shy from using it. Just because goosestepping has gone out of style doesn't mean they've kicked off their jackboots.

When we talk about Nazis in America, we're talking about more than the more than passing resemblance to the Bush Cartel. That Prescott's family business profited handsomely by the Nazis is well known, at least by those who think it important to note such things. But the story is larger and uglier than more dirty dealings by a Bonseman.

It also goes deeper than the Republican Party's active recruitment of fascists and racists since the mid-50s through the aegis of its Heritage Groups Council, but since that's seldom recalled, let's pause for a moment to recollect.

When a number of senior members of George HW Bush's 1988 campaign team were revealed to be old school Nazi sympathizers it generated something of a media flap - Pete Hamill titled a New York Post column "George Bush and his fascist fan club" - but the scandal is little remembered today.

Some of Bush's team:

Radi Slavoff, GOP Heritage Council's executive director, and head of "Bulgarians for Bush." Slavoff was a member of a Bulgarian fascist group, and he put together an event in Washington honoring Holocaust denier, Austin App.

Florian Galdau, director of GOP outreach efforts among Romanians, and head of "Romanians for Bush." Galdau was once an Iron Guard recruiter, and he defended convicted Nazi war criminal Valerian Trifa.

Nicholas Nazarenko, leader of a Cossack GOP ethnic unit. Nazarenko was an ex-Waffen SS officer.

Method Balco, GOP activist. Balco organized yearly memorials for a Nazi puppet regime.

Walter Melianovich, head of the GOP's Byelorussian unit. Melianovich worked closely with many Nazi groups.

Bohdan Fedorak, leader of "Ukrainians for Bush." Fedorak headed a Nazi group involved in anti-Jewish wartime pogroms.

Nazis staffing the VP's campaign? Oops! Tut tut tut. We need to run better background checks, wink wink.

The Nazi infection goes back much further. All the way back to the 1930s, when industrialists with fascist sympathies and names like DuPont and Morgan sponsored a coup against Roosevelt to dismantle the New Deal. And then the '40s, when men with names like Bush, Dulles, Favish and Rockefeller traded strategic goods with the enemy, prolonging the war and costing Allied lives.

Worst of all, Project Paperclip saw Nazis virtually co-found the "National Security State," bringing their advanced technology and criminal medical research to America. And something else as well, as Nick Cook is told by the pseudonymous "Dr Dan Markus" in The Hunt for Zero Point:

When the Americans tripped over this mutant strain of nonlinear physics and took it back home with them, they were astute enough to realize that their home-grown scientific talent couldn't handle it. That it was beyond their cultural term of reference. That's why they recruited so many Germans. The Nazis developed a unique approach to science and engineering quite separate from the rest of the world, because their ideology, unrestrained as it was, supported a wholly different way of doing things. Von Braun's V-2s are a case in point, but so was their understanding of physics. The trouble was, when the Americans took it all home with them they found out, too late, that it came infected with a virus. You take the science on, you take on aspects of the ideology, as well.

The Nazi virus entered America's system long ago. It's been Americanized. But what else would one expect, given the CIA was essentially a co-creation of Nazis like General Reinhard Gehlen and his Abwehr anti-Soviet intelligence apparatus and Nazi money launderers like Allen Dulles and the corporatist/intelligence old boy network of Sullivan and Cromwell. No. Such men got exactly what they expected.

"Once the neo-fascists became bold enough to slay the President on the street, they showed their hand," Mort Sahl said early in 1968. So early Dr King and Robert Kennedy were yet to join the body count. "They showed how arrogant they had become. Now it's a question of symptom. That crime was a national symptom. If we can turn our back on that, we will pay a terrible price. That will be the end of this democracy."

They showed their hand, and they've had forty years of getting away with it. And not for lack of evidence. Anyone who thinks otherwise hasn't read Fonzi's The Last Investigation, Russell's The Man Who Knew Too Much or Newman's Oswald and the CIA, to cite just three works. Rather, they got away with it because the truth is too terrible, and many who did not conspire in the killing conspired in the cover-up because they were led to believe that a finding of official complicity in Kennedy's death would shatter the system, when in fact it might have killed the virus.

And undoubtedly the same justification has been used over and over again, to shield Americans from the awful truth of state-sanctioned assassinations, the October Surprise, medical experiments worthy of Mengele, the introduction of crack to the LA underclass, BCCI, 9/11 and on and on. High treason, many times over. But so what? You know what they say about none daring to call it such should it prosper. And brother, has it prospered.

Here's the thing: we're not talking about discrete, singular, sui generis conspiracies here. Indeed, these are not even conspiracies, in the sense of representing aberrant breaks with the system. These are, rather, examples that the system works. It's just not the system Americans were taught in civics class. The examples evidence the criminalization of the state by the deep political nexus of underworld, intelligence, industrial and military interests. "America," to these players, serves as the legit front for their lawless enterprise. The Nazi virus has consumed the host. If it were eradicated and the host miraculously recovered, the poor thing would swear up and down it was still late Autumn, 1963.


Blogger Michael Miller said...

Great post! Thanks.

8:50 p.m.  
Blogger spooked said...

Wow. Nice post. Reminds me of Billmon of the Whiskey Bar blog when he used to post frequently.

Good job-- and some very interesting points to consider.

12:05 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are an eloquent and detailed and passionate writer. You are up there with Digby, Atrios and Billmon, but you know more nasty and scary stuff that I like to find out about.

2:18 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I'm quite impressed by your work. Even though I cannot judge properly any detail of your last essay (e.g. the connection between nazi science and nazi ideology), I share the underlying view of the US "democratic system", which is probably similar to the rest of the Western world.

What the US have with 9/11 is similar to what we had, on a smaller scale, in Germany with the terrorist RAF (at least the last generation of the RAF was a creation of the intelligence apparatus).

Generally, I find a lot of interesting thoughts and hints in your posts.

gandalf from DU

5:16 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You HAVE read Peter Dale Scott's work, haven't you? It sounds like you might have. If not, wait not. He's busy finishing "Oil, Drugs & War", the sequel. His many books detail names, places, events, other evidence, and analysis, as well as tie it all up very neatly with a big fat bow. If someone can't get the big picture of 'the system' from Scott, then they're not interested in doing so. You, my friend, have a great grasp of the material, wicked insight, and writing talent. Thanks for all your effort.

The News Nag

7:31 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here a nazi there a nazi
Everywhere a little nazi

The CIA often works in mysterious ways - and so it was with this little-known cloak-and-dagger caper that set the stage for extensive collaboration between US intelligence and Islamic extremists. The genesis of this ill-starred alliance dates back to Egypt in the mid-1950s, when the CIA made discrete overtures to the Muslim Brotherhood, the influential Sunni fundamentalist movement that fostered Islamic militancy throughout the Middle East. What started as a quiet American flirtation with political Islam became a Cold War love affair on the sly - an affair that would turn out disastrously for the United States. Nearly all of today's radical Islamic groups, including al-Qaeda, trace their lineage to the Brotherhood.

To understand what happened on that fateful day when terrorist strikes leveled the World Trade Center and damaged the Pentagon, one must revisit the turbulent changes that took place a half century earlier in the land of the sphinx. After seizing power in a 1952 military coup Egyptian Col. Gamal Abdul Nasser quickly threw prominent Communists in jail. This raised eyebrows among US cloak-and-dagger operatives who were eager to oblige when Nasser requested help in upgrading Egypt's ineffectual secret service. But the US government "found it highly impolitic to help him directly," the late CIA agent Miles Copeland acknowledged in his memoirs, The Game of Nations , so the CIA subcontracted more than a hundred German Third Reich vets, who specialized in Nazi security and interrogation techniques, to do the job.

Copeland was off and running. He visited several Egyptian mosques in search of an Islamic preacher who could sway the Arab masses in a manner most congenial to US interests. Although Copeland never found the CIA's messiah, his furtive machinations were not without impact. While on the prowl for a Muslim Billy Graham, Copeland reached out to leaders of the religious revival movement known as the Ikhwan, or Muslim Brotherhood, which sought to build an Islamic society from the bottom up. The seeds of a clandestine relationship between the CIA and the Ikhwan were planted by Copeland, who surmised that the Muslim Brothers, by virtue of their strong antipathy to Arab nationalism as well as Communism, might be a viable counterweight to Nasser in the years ahead, US intelligence would become a defacto partner of the Brotherhood as it evolved from a mass-based social reform organization into the wellspring of Islamic terrorism.
RAZOR Magazine September 2004


3:00 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, WW II never ended, but it's MUCH worse and MUCH more immediate and explicit than even this
blog claims. Hitler's explicit final goal -- see the book,
HITLER'S SECOND BOOK -- was to attack New York City (9/11).
And, as I've posted to the 911truthalliance for over three years, the holder of the private trade secret on the type of weaponized powderized anthrax used in the anthrax letter attacks
on only Democratic leaders of Congress just after 9/11 -- a private trade secret even though he worked at the Army's Bioweapons
headquarters at Ft. Dietrick --
is one William Patrick, which
also 'happens' to be the name
of the closest surviving blood relative of Adolf Hitler at the end of WW II, Hitler's nephew. Though it is clear from their ages that the two William Patricks are not the same individual, I believe
they are BOTH direct blood relatives of Hitler, and thus
that the purveyer of the 9/11-linked anthrax letter attacks on Congress is either the closest surviving relativeof Adolf Hitler, or was consciously named after him. The anthrax trade secret William Patrick is 'the' mentor of FBI anthrax letter attack 'person
of interest' Steven Hatfill,
and a principal in Batelle and other companies heavily invested in by Bush Sr./Carlyle. Bush Sr's father and current President Bush's grandfather, Prescott Bush, was Hitler's New York banker,
and on, and on, and ON. The
REAL question is whether there
is anyone in real power today
who is NOT directly linked to Adolf Hitler, by direct blood line, direct support, etc.

8:20 a.m.  
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one day an intuitional flash hit me that planners and their greedhead followers (uber yuppies?) are planning a world with lower population - especially those nasty colored people - and economy such that there will be a return to the good old days of estates-ful of servants, a few artisans & such to provide flash material goods and comfort, and because of low pop. the natural resources pool will last longer. Maybe a touch hysterical, but maybe a touch of reality

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