Plus ça change.....
I've been catching up with the Review section of last Saturday's Guardian newspaper. Book of the Week was The Spanish Holocaust: Inquisition and Extermination in Twentieth-Century Spain, by Paul Preston, an examination of the Spanish Civil War and its aftermath (up to the early 1950s). This is an era about which the Spanish themselves are still rather in denial, and not only because during the Civil War the atrocities came from both sides. I've added the book to my ever-growing list of things to read (which if you include unread books I own must have spilled over the available time remaining to me some years ago: but then as Browning said, a man's reach should exceed his grasp).
Anyway. A paragraph in the review brought me up short. Consider:
(Preston) sees two main drivers behind the slaughter. The first was the absolute, and often paranoid, conviction of radical rightists that the enemy was evil. Democrats, reds, Jews, freemasons, Marxists, Muslims, "free" women, trade unionists, socialists, socially concerned priests and social liberals were, simply because of their beliefs, considered to be guilty of crimes against the fatherland, God and the natural social order. Franco believed in an entirely imaginary "Jewish-masonic-Bolshevik" plot against Spain. The Falangist Onésimo Redondo thought "Mohammedan utopias" were also to blame.
If any reader has been tempted to think that I am being too hard on the folks at Bare Naked Islam, or on Uncle Jimmy at keeptonyblairforpm, by calling them neo-Nazis: compare their hate list and fantasies with Franco's. I mean, looking at recent posts on BNI we have a commenter expressing the opinion that if President Obama were proved to be a Muslim he should be hanged, and Bonni herself accusing the Southern Poverty Law Center (famous for their fight for black civil rights a few decades ago, and especially for having bankrupted a chapter of the KKK through litigation) of being "notoriously anti-American". Well, if you take "anti-American" to mean "opposing the lynching of black people", maybe.
Or take this guy:
March 12, 2012 at 1:21 am
Not to disagree with you, dear Ms. BNI; however, I think that Obama is a Muslim in his heart AND a Communist in his brain. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was secretly educated by the Russians (possibly as part of a correspondence course). [In fact, I vaguely remember a group of Russian Communists boasting that they were about to get one of their own into the White House and identified part of his name (Barack and/or Hussein) to boot!!! No doubt they're rejoicing...]
Regardless: he’s well on his way to destroying the USA – and with it, the entire Western world. He MUST be eliminated from the Presidency, period!!!! Also, virtually the entire Congress (especially ALL “Democrats”, as well as likely anybody who has been in there for over 10 years) needs to be purged!!! Plenty of them are just as complicit in Obama’s Communist make-over as he and his clique (Biden, the Clintons, Napolitano, Panetta, etc.)!!
I rest my case....