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Remember Nuremberg

The damage George Bush has already done at the beginning of this century will not disappear before the beginning of the next. Most of us, and all of our children, will suffer for it. I do not think it is going too far to say that George W. Bush is a madman. By defying world opinion and emasculating the United Nations as an effective instrument for international peace, he has made the entire world an infinitely more dangerous place than it has ever been since he was born.
Remember Nuremberg
by William Marvel

— Cocaine did not work well for George W. Bush. His erstwhile companions say that he enjoyed it, but it has some nasty side effects. Alcohol suited him better, but he liked that a little too much, as his DWI arrest attests. Then he found the most devastating habit of all: fundamentalist Christianity, which requires that the user not only surrender himself entirely to his intoxicant but try to seduce as many other victims as possible. It is the ultimate addiction, to which those with a weakness for alcohol and opiates frequently graduate -- usually with the amusing assumption that they have finally shed their obsessive tendencies.
Blinded by the arrogance that accompanies that self-righteous sense of moral superiority, the privileged son who has never had to face the consequences of any of his actions has decided, unilaterally, to turn all the wealth and power of this nation toward world domination. It is clear that he has deliberately sabotaged every possible peaceful solution in Iraq and Korea, for even my poor opinion of his intellect does not include such relentless stupidity as his serial diplomatic blunders would suggest. By choosing to wage a war of aggression, in violation of all that the civilized world stands for, he has needlessly thrown Americans into greater domestic jeopardy than they ever knew before. By defying world opinion and emasculating the United Nations as an effective instrument for international peace, he has made the entire world an infinitely more dangerous place than it has ever been since he was born. The damage George Bush has already done at the beginning of this century will not disappear before the beginning of the next. Most of us, and all of our children, will suffer for it.
I do not think it is going too far to say that George W. Bush is a madman. Having throughout his life had everything handed to him whenever he demanded it, including a tainted appointment to the presidency, he never developed the personal restraint that one must exercise as putative leader of the free world. Having slid through Yale and Harvard largely on the strength of his name and family fortune, he lacks a fundamental understanding of the basic principles that our government at least pretends to represent. With his limited capacity for complicated thought and his near-perfect ignorance of history, he was completely unprepared to resist the allure of absolute power that a cowardly Congress has handed him.
Now Bush?s simplistic religious obsession consumes him, and he has declared war on all who reject his medieval beliefs. At home he has unleashed his chief persecutor, Ashcroft, to discourage dissent and promote official evangelism; abroad he has deployed hundreds of thousands of our sons and daughters in the impossible mission of ridding the world of Old Testament evil, perfectly oblivious that he personifies a worse peril than any he professes to oppose. Eighteen months ago the American public was reawakened to the hatred our country has engendered around the world, and wondered why. Now that same public stands quietly by while its chief representative shows us why, and earns us even more enmity.
On the morning of Sept. 1, 1979, I traveled from my lodging in Düsseldorf, Germany, to the city of Dortmund, where vast throngs of Germans gathered in a massive peace rally to mark the fortieth anniversary of Adolf Hitler?s invasion of Poland. Most of them were in their twenties and thirties, and many of them expressed a sense of vicarious guilt as the offspring of a generation that had launched the most destructive war until that time. Some of the children of those who fought for Hitler offered excuses for their fathers? deluded loyalty, citing compulsory service, political ignorance, or patriotic devotion, but for them the shame seemed not only personal but palpable.
Given the spinelessness of congressional Democrats and the party-first patriotism of congressional Republicans, it is unlikely that George Bush will ever face the impeachment he deserves for his abuses of power. Unless his endless wars drain our military strength very quickly, it is also doubtful that he will ever answer for his crimes before a world court. There are more lasting consequences, however, such as the universal opprobrium of succeeding generations. If the world survives George Bush?s endless wars, histories of the United States will one day depict him as the representative despot of his time. The names of those who flank him in power will become the epithets of a new generation: prevaricator-in-chief Ari Fleischer will supplant Joseph Goebbels as the poster child of propaganda; John Ashcroft will replace Hermann Goering as the chief executioner. Children will deny that their parents wore the uniform of the United States, and wince at the denunciation that their grandparents belonged to the ruthless Republican Party, which fathered and fostered the Bush Reich.
In old age, someone who now walks among us as will face a child who asks about those terrible days when the government of the United States fell into the hands of a messianic maniac. That child will ask the same question that the world still asks the aging parents of those Germans I met in Dortmund: "Why did you let it happen?"



William Marvel lives in South Conway, New Hampshire.

suggestions 24.Mar.2003 16:30

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Are you a historian? I see lots of excellent references here to historical events in Germany & America coupled with the present facts but you should steer away from too many personal anecdotes. Try starting with a simple historical reference, give dates and details of event spanning back however many years, introduce a concern from today mainstream can understand, and then focus on immediate topic like Fleischer compared to this person in history or A$hcroft -> that person in history.

because this is where you pick it up:
Ari Fleischer will supplant Joseph Goebbels as the poster child of propaganda; John Ashcroft will replace Hermann Goering as the chief executioner.

Due to the personal anecdotes (didn't bother me) you might lose the reader who doesn't know where you've gotten the material for comparison between past and present contemporaries.

Publish, dude.