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I know you are but what I am

Observations from the Edge
Robert T. Nanninga
Coast News
August 16, 2006


Recently, Bush II caused a dust up with his fabled linguistic ignorance. By saying America is at war with Islamic fascists, not only did he fan the flames of hatred, he also displayed a startling lack of understanding.

According to most, fascism is a political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition. Hitler was a fascist. Mousalini was a fascist, Dick Cheney is a fascist.

Here's a news flash, George W. Bush does know what he is talking about.

Islam is a religion, the second largest in the world. With 1.4 billion Muslim faithful, the majority being of non Arab descent, just as I am sure some fascists may be Muslim, I am equally certain 99.9% of Muslims are not.

Perhaps Dubya just misspoke. Having beaten the "global terrorists" horse to death, it's hard to find different ways to say "Boo". Maybe the people who hand George his talking points really meant to say America is at war with Islamic jihadists. A jihad is a crusade for a principle or belief. But since And George W. Bush could be considered an American jihadist, speechwriters had to settle for fascists as a blanket slur.

Of course they could have meant an Islamic mullacracy. Which would be redundant. A Mullah is an educated Muslim trained in traditional religious law and doctrine and usually holding an official post. Mullahism is actually a form of theocracy. According to Webster's dictionary, Theocracy is "government of a state by immediate divine guidance or by officials who are regarded as divinely guided."

George W. Bush could also be considered a theocrat when one factors in his constant referral to his Christian god, and that he openly allows his faith to dictate federal policy both domestically and abroad.

As the war or terrorism continues the propaganda machine must constantly seek out new sound bites to keep President Bush's rhetoric from become stagnant or too well studied. Notice how axis of evil fell out of favor, when people began to question his willingness to merge fact with fiction. Al Qaida may be many things, dedicated, determined, angry, anarchistic, and anti-American but a fascist organization it is not.

Personally, I think the Bush Administration is engage in a very unsubtle form of transference. A classic Rovian strategy, the tactic of accusing your foes of your own crimes has long been associated with team Bush. If there is any fascist government threatening the world it's the corporate oligarchy currently dismantling American democracy.

Sorry, George no matter how you spin it, the jihadists currently targeting western civilization, is a direct response to American Imperialism.

More to the point if there is any government should fear, and any terrorists we should protect ourselves against, it is those waging war in the name of freedom.

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