History is who we are and why we are the way we are

Update:  Republican Terrorist in Manhattan 

 Terrorism charges brought Friday against the administrator of a loan investment program claimed that he secretly tried to send $152,000 to the Middle East to buy equipment such as night vision goggles for a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan.

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    CBS News has confirmed that Alishtari is a donor to the Republican Party, as he claims on his curriculum vitae. Alishtari gave $15,500 to the National Republican Campaign Committee between 2002 and 2004, according to Federal Election Commission records. That amount includes $13,000 in 2003, a year when he claims to have been named NRCC New York State Businessman of the Year.

We all know how this all goes. Unless you catch a Republican having sex with an intern its no big deal.

Instapundit has tried to claim that he’s not a member of the hard Right yet throws in his lot with right-winger Mark Steyn in suggesting that some degree of genocide in regards to Muslims is an historical inevitability, but then tries to back off just a little when Mark Kleiman calls him on it, Glenn Reynolds and genocide

How could I possibly have imagined that his friend Mark Steyn might be advocating a course of action Reynolds thought might become “unavoidable,” something “we” would “have to” do?

Either Glenn doesn’t think genocide is wrong, or he thinks that sometimes doing wrong is justified. Otherwise it can’t be “unavoidable” or something you “have to” do.

When I read the likes of Reynolds and Steyn it occurs to me there is the possibility that the arguments are not sincere, but by way of being so morally repulsive they make Bush seem reasonable by comparison. You see Bush’s evil isn’t quite so evil when compared to the likes of Steyn’s and Reynold’s proposition that all of history is the social-darwinistic struggle between civilizations and that is what we’re in now. So gas up the nukes, cull a few Muslims from the Euro-herd and all will be sweetness and light. Isn’t that to some degree exactly what Osama Bin Laden wants to turn the world upside down. To not find any solutions. I wonder what our allies in the middle-east like Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Egypt think of Steyn and Reynolds or our NATO ally the Islamic country of Turkey. Or since most of the world’s Muslims are Asians, not Arabs what Asian Muslims think of being lumped into the all encompassing concept of the Muslim “them”. The world has heard this genocide garbage before – the us versus “them” mentality. Only until “they” are completely vanquished can we have peace. That is part of the historical narrative of the authoritarians to dehumanize “they”. In this case there are no Muslim moderates versus radicals, there is just “they” who we must kill.

When I jump over the past to look ahead, I do it intentionally. The time is short! There is no time for fruitless debates. We must act, immediately, thoroughly, and decisively, as has always been the National Socialist way.

The movement has from its beginning acted in that way to master the many crises it faced and overcame. The National Socialist state also acted decisively when faced by a threat. We are not like the ostrich that sticks its head in the sand so as not to see danger. We are brave enough to look danger in the face, to coolly and ruthlessly take its measure, then act decisively with our heads held high. Both as a movement and as a nation, we have always been at our best when we needed fanatic, determined wills to overcome and eliminate danger, or a strength of character sufficient to overcome every obstacle, or bitter determination to reach our goal, or an iron heart capable of withstanding every internal and external battle. So it will be today. My task is to give you an unvarnished picture of the situation, and to draw the hard conclusions that will guide the actions of the German government, but also of the German people. – Nation, Rise Up, and Let the Storm Break Loose by Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, 18 February 1943

A leader whose callous disregard for human life was matched only by his consuming paranoia, Stalin next turned his attention to the Communist Party itself. Various factions and networks opposed to his rule had managed to survive into the early 1930s; many in the party were now calling for reconciliation with the peasantry, a de-emphasizing of industrial production, and greater internal democracy. For Stalin, these dissident viewpoints represented an unacceptable threat. Anyone not unquestioningly loyal to him — and many hundreds of thousands who were — had to be “weeded out.” Case Study: Stalin’s Purges

Back to recent history, Making Martial Law Easier

A disturbing recent phenomenon in Washington is that laws that strike to the heart of American democracy have been passed in the dead of night. So it was with a provision quietly tucked into the enormous defense budget bill at the Bush administration’s behest that makes it easier for a president to override local control of law enforcement and declare martial law.

The provision, signed into law in October, weakens two obscure but important bulwarks of liberty. One is the doctrine that bars military forces, including a federalized National Guard, from engaging in law enforcement. Called posse comitatus, it was enshrined in law after the Civil War to preserve the line between civil government and the military. The other is the Insurrection Act of 1807, which provides the major exemptions to posse comitatus. It essentially limits a president’s use of the military in law enforcement to putting down lawlessness, insurrection and rebellion, where a state is violating federal law or depriving people of constitutional rights.

The newly enacted provisions upset this careful balance. They shift the focus from making sure that federal laws are enforced to restoring public order. Beyond cases of actual insurrection, the president may now use military troops as a domestic police force in response to a natural disaster, a disease outbreak, terrorist attack or to any “other condition.”

Changes of this magnitude should be made only after a thorough public airing. But these new presidential powers were slipped into the law without hearings or public debate. The president made no mention of the changes when he signed the measure, and neither the White House nor Congress consulted in advance with the nation’s governors.

There is a bipartisan bill, introduced by Senators Patrick Leahy, Democrat of Vermont, and Christopher Bond, Republican of Missouri, and backed unanimously by the nation’s governors, that would repeal the stealthy revisions. Congress should pass it. If changes of this kind are proposed in the future, they must get a full and open debate.

” History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are.” – David C. McCullough

” What experience and history teach is this — that people and governments never have learned anything from history, or acted on principles.” – George Wilhelm Hegel

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