A NAZI TROPE, NOW RECYCLED FOR USE BY WESTERN ELITES
It’s all very familiar.
They are different from us. They may seem successful, unified and good at what they do. But they are evil and threaten us.
Be afraid, be very afraid.
In Hitler’s time it was the Jews.
In Biden’s time it is the Chinese and the Russians.
They are the new ‘others’, the far lesser beings, the perpetual threat and the new candidates for elimination so we can prosper.
The connections to racism and fascism are obvious.
We are the superior western race, we are exceptional, the guardians that is all pure and good.
Those with inferior minds and ways threaten us with their insistence on following a different path.
This is an all too familiar mentality.
One of Hitler’s most trusted lieutenants and committed Nazi, Hermann Goering stated the techniques involved perfectly.
“Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don't want war: neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But after all it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or fascist dictatorship, or a parliament or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peace makers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”
These techniques have worked all down the ages.
The medieval pogroms against the Jews enlisted them. They were ‘the other’, too successful, too unified and seen as a threat and affront to the accepted norms of those persecuting them. There was also the possibility of financial gain in doing so. You could replace them, have the jobs and access to wealth that they vacated.
Think of China in this respect. The USA and UK see their opportunity to undermine a fast rising economic power that threatens both their own economic strength and influence and which, if eliminated would boost them to new heights and establish their domination.
Human nature has hardly changed an iota over the millennia. The same obsessions prevail, the same evils rise when ambitions and desires become paramount driving ethical conduct and notions of morality to secondary status.
When Richard the Lionheart took an army through Europe seeking to attack and occupy Jerusalem by driving the Arabs of Saladin out he used these techniques to convince lords along the way to join him and to supply troops, sustenance and financial support to this “noble” quest against the Arabian savages. These “savages” were living in peace alongside the Christian population in Jerusalem at the time. But were described by Lionheart as evil sub-humans who enjoyed the taste of Christian blood taken from freshly butchered Christian babies. This early piece of fake news worked exceedingly well in garnering troops to the cause and in the conscience-free slaughter of any Arabs encountered.
It’s an old and bloody trail from the days of the Crusades through the pogroms against the Jews in medieval times to the Nazis and the holocaust. It continues today through the likes of Pompeo, Bolton, Trump and Bannon and this perennial flower of division, fear and hatred is again resurrected by Biden, Blinken and any number of activists who can be counted on to sow the narrative far and wide. Fear of the ‘other’, the strange, the non-conforming threat that can be made to pervade minds and generate an acceptance, indeed a lust for war, is active again among us.