Do The Freakin Math

Liberals and conservatives alike frequently rely on limited evidence, personal experience, religious beliefs or gut emotions to determine solutions for complex problems. From immigration to global warming - taxes to terrorism - or health care to free trade - analytical study is rare. Science based policy making isn’t the way of Washington. And the consequences are catastrophic. Change is urgently needed. Just do the freakin’ math.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Islamic and Christian Fascists in World War IV

What do Islamic Fascists and Christian Fascists have in common? They both believe:
1. that their God blesses them to rule the world.
2. that Homosexuality is a sin.
3. having the US military in Iraq is a good thing.
4. they are fighting for freedom.
5. killing innocent people is acceptable.
6. what they are doing is approved by their prophet
7. private schools are better for their children.
8. the rest of the world approves (or should approve) of what they are doing.
9. that the holy land is worth sparking Armageddon.
10. that Armageddon is necessary so their prophet will return
11. waging a global war is the only way to forward their beliefs.
12. they should have nuclear weapons for offensive use.
13. that if you aren’t with them…you are against them.

Actually neither Christians or Muslims are “fascist”. According to Wikopedia’s intro the increasingly unpopular Bush Administration and it’s dwindling number of supporters comes closer the label of ‘fascist’ than Bin Laden and his growing number of followers.
“Fascism is a radical totalitarian political philosophy that combines elements of corporatism, authoritarianism, extreme nationalism, militarism, anti-anarchism, anti-communism and anti-liberalism.”
Karl Rove and his cronies are trying to make the gullible American people believe that the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) is World War III… and that it is much like WWII. They think that by calling pious mass murderers a particular names they can reawaken the fighting spirit of the American people and make those who oppose the war look like appeasing Neville Chamberlains. In reality GWOT is neither WW III or is it like WWII.

First, GWOT is a world war because US troops are stationed in over 130 nations. (Remember that Al Qaeda in it’s hey day was sprinkled sparsely in about 60 countries. Now it can crop up anywhere.) But GWOT is actually World War IV. The Cold War was III. And, unlike conservatives want you to believe, the Cold War was not “won without a shot fired”. The Cold War was violently fought with dozens of proxy nations and insurgent groups killing millions and it wasted enormous resources (on armaments, bribes and sanctions) that ultimately cost the lives of nearly a billion people (mostly children) from a lack of resources spent on clean water, adequate nutrition and basic health services. And, most importantly, just as each other world war set the stage for the next world war, all three wars help set the stage for GWOT. It’s as if conservatives/neocons want us to believe that just one more ‘world war’ will lead to world peace. In reality, it’s closer to the quote on my daughters wall “fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity”.

Nazi Germany believed they could win the war by arming themselves with the best weapons money could buy and the best troops they could train. They believed their nation, culture and people’s were superior to others. Nazi’s believed that “Christianity” was the “foundation” of their “national morality, and the family as the basis of [their] national life.”

"The National Government will regard it as its first and foremost duty to revive in the nation the spirit of unity and cooperation. It will preserve and defend those basic principles on which our nation has been built. It regards Christianity as the foundation of our national morality, and the family as the basis of national life." -- Adolf Hitler. Source: My New World Order, Proclamation to the German Nation at Berlin, February 1, 1933.

And, Hitler believed that being on the offense to undo the injustices against it was the best way his nation could secure the resources it needed to continue with the rest of his hegemonic plans.

But I digress. Bush is nothing like Hitler. Hitler had a very high IQ.

And, most importantly, unlike Hitler, Bush was fairly elected to office…I mean Bush is President of a nation that has the highest ideals of any nation (after we fought our civil war). The idea that our government is a government of the people, by people and for the people (that are rich).

But here’s why the GWOT isn’t like WWII. In this ‘world war’ most of the world hates us. The enemy that we target with our smart bombs have no uniform and blend in with the population that we are bombing. And those who don’t hate us now will eventually learn to. Our new ‘enemy’ (a tactic) can’t be defeated. And those who use it arn’t deterred by death. The shock and awe used to kill and dissuade our WWII enemies only creates more of our GWOT foe.

So the next time someone tries to draw a parallel between this war and World War II make some points clear.
1. In WW II we were the good guys!
2. This war will only have losers
3. There will be no victory celebration…because this ‘war’ will never end.
4. Collateral damage IS terrorism to the surviving friends and relatives.
5. War only sets the stage for the next war.
6. Those who live by the sword -- die by it.
7. Make law…not war. (How to respond to kidnappers?)
8. 9-11 was NOT like Pearl Harbor. Japanese didn't use suicide pilots until after they were losing the war.


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