Nazi Tactics by Israel and America in the
Phony War On Terror
By Joel Fischer
Clearing House" -- --
As a Jew who witnessed the loss of 6,000,000 of my fellow Jews,
most likely including members of my own extended family who were
still in Europe, in the brutal Nazi slaughter of the Holocaust,
I believe I know Nazi tactics when I see them. Because of this
deeply personal history, I am sickened by the Nazi-like tactics
being used by the Israelis in Gaza and Lebanon. These tactics
are fully supported by the Bush administration as legitimate
attempts at "self defense" against the alleged incursions by
Palestinian and Hezbollah guerillas. This collusion between the
US and the Israelis is so similar to the Axis Powers of World
War II that I believe they constitute a new "Axis OF Powers" for
the 21st Century. This Axis links Israel, the most militaristic
country in the Middle East, with the United States, the most
militaristic country in the world, in a quest to dominate,
intimidate and develop their hegemony over other countries.
So, what are these Nazi-like tactics being used by the new Axis
TERROR BOMBINGS; CONDUCTING A BRUTAL WAR AGAINST CIVILIANS.
The "shock and awe" bombing strategy used by the US and Israel
are simply another name for the brutal bombings of civilian
populations used by the Nazis in World War II. The current
horrific wars against innocent men, women and children are
geared toward intimidation, terror and fear among the civilian
population in a depraved attempt to get them to pressure their
own regime to submit, abdicate or surrender. The Axis even goes
so far as to deliberately and brutally target infrastructure
such as power plants and even supply routes bringing food and
medicine to civilians, in an effort to make life indescribably
more horrible for innocent civilians. In fact, Amnesty
International has accused Israel of war crimes stating that
Israel broke international law by deliberately destroying
LEBANON'S (not Hezbollah's) civilian infrastructure! These are
the war strategies the US used in Iraq and Afghanistan and
Israel is using in Palestine and Lebanon. Tens of thousands of
innocent people have been killed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon
and Palestine by these Nazi-like tactics by Israel and America.
The US and Israel don't stop with terror bombings. Invading
other countries illegally, they then continue to intimidate the
civilian populations by illegal and unethical searches of
peoples' homes, dragging men and sometimes women into the street
hooded and trussed up like animals. Nothing can be more
humiliating to these people then these intrusive home invasions
at all hours of the night where civilians are trussed up and
thrown out into the street in full view of the neighbors as a
warning to any one who might even express an opinion about the
illegal occupation of foreign troops in their own country.
The US-Israeli war against civilians has produced deaths and
humiliation but not submission. In fact, the stupidity of this
Nazi strategy in World War II and its results in HARDENING
opposition, not WEAKENING IT, seems lost on the leaders of the
Axis of Powers.
As I write this, news is reported that the Israelis fired
missiles into a village killing 15 civilians, mainly women and
children, while another missile was fired at a CONVOY OF
CIVILIANS FLEEING THE VIOLENCE, killing seven and wounding 22!
Are these not exactly the same actions that the Nazis carried
out against civilian targets?
TRUMPED UP EXCUSES FOR INVASIONS
Afghanistan "harbored terrorists." Iraq has "weapons of mass
destruction" and "threatened the US." Palestinians elected the
"wrong government" and also may have kidnapped one Israeli
soldier. Hezbollah ? BUT NOT LEBANON- allegedly kidnapped two
Israeli soldiers. In all cases, including those where the reason
for invasion was shown to be lies, the results were the deaths
of thousands of innocent people, most sadly because of PRETEXTS
by the US and Israeli governments.
Because of American propaganda, a little known fact is that
Hezbollah is not even considered to be a terrorist organization
by most of the world! Indeed, only the US and its puppet
governments of Israel, Canada and Britain consider Hezbollah as
a terrorist organization! In fact, Hezbollah and Hamas have
exchanged prisoners many times with Israel who now has decided
to use the Hamas and Hezbollah "kidnappings" as their latest
pretext to invade and slaughter their neighbors.
Israel and the US have violated not only the United Nations
Charter, but numerous UN resolutions in their murderous wars of
hegemony and imperialism. Thus, the Axis of Powers becomes the
real terrorists in the Middle East, not the Palestinian, Iraq,
Afghan and Lebanese forces who really are engaging in legitimate
self defense against the invaders/occupying forces.
Now compare the pretexts used by the Axis of Powers with those
used by the Nazis in World War II. Fake border incidents.
Falsified cases of discrimination against Germans in the
countries targeted for invasion. The need for "LIVINGSPACE."
Aggressor nations always develop huge propaganda machines to try
to justify their actions. And when one lie is exposed ?there
WERE no weapons of mass destruction- another is concocted to
take its place, e.g., the need to bring "democracy" to other
nations. Yet, how hypocritical is it that the US invaders are
allies of many other anti-democratic nations, in that very same
Middle East region, such as Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Egypt?
How even more hypocritical is it that Israel, with US support,
in their quest to "democratize," invade two of the only states
in the Middle East with actual democracies, Palestine and
Lebanon? There is no end to the lies and hypocrisy when Nazi
tactics are employed by aggressor nations.
In fact, investigative reporter Seymour Hersh published an
article in the August 21 issue of "The New Yorker," that
confirms, based on information leaked from current and former
Bush administration officials, that the Israeli invasion of
Lebanon had nothing to do with the kidnappings of two Israeli
soldiers. The invasion was planned by US and Israeli officials
as preparation and a trial run for an invasion of Iran in 2007!
Hersh wrote that "...according to a former senior intelligence
official, the Israeli plan for Lebanon was the 'mirror image of
what the United States has been planning for Iran.'" George Bush
never denied the substance of this article, calling it only,
A new book, "Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from
Hawai'i to Iraq," (Stephen Kinzer; 2006) provides the clearest
possible evidence that "regime change" has been a strategy of
American foreign policy for at least 110 years. The phony
excuses and US government lies may change with the situation,
but the strategy stays the same.
DEHUMANIZATION OF THE ENEMY
As the Nazis viewed Jews, Slav, Gypsies and virtually all other
nationalities as inferior to their "master race" so that their
soldiers would not experience guilt over their genocidal
slaughters, so do the Israelis and Bush administration actually
view Muslims as inferior. The Axis sees "the other," the
"enemy," as inferior, so that deaths of tens of thousands of
"the other" seems justified while deaths on "our" side ?or
kidnappings of a few in this case- are viewed by the Axis of
Powers as horrendous and unforgivable. This dehumanization
occurs officially and unofficially. It occurs officially, e.g.,
when Bush responds to a question about how many Iraqis have been
killed by casually replying "oh, about 30,000," as though he
were counting the cattle on his ranch. (As of August 2006, there
are between 45,000 and 50,000 Iraqi dead according to US
estimates!) It occurs unofficially, e.g., when troops on the
ground dehumanize their enemy by calling them "towel heads" in
the same way the US military in Vietnam called the Vietnamese
"gooks." Even the media are co-opted in this dehumanization
process as witness the daily reports of total American deaths,
but virtually no reports of the overall death tolls among "the
Use of terms by US and Israeli propagandists like "Muslim
Terrorists," "Muslim Extremists," and the latest demeaning term
by Bush, "Muslim Fascists," is an attempt to taint all of
Islamic religion and culture. Bush knows that the vast majority
of his constituency in the US only hears the word "Muslim."
Contrast that with the number of times we hear terms like
"Christian Crusaders," "Christian or Jewish Extremists,"
"Christian or Jewish Neo-Nazis." These epithets are strictly off
limits in the US, no matter how accurate they may be in
depicting our government. The anti-Muslim insults are all part
of the dehumanization process against people who are not only
NOT terrorists or extremists, but defending their countries
against illegal invasion and occupation by the Christian/Jewish
Axis of Power.
Even more telling of this dehumanization is that the ratio of
"enemy" killed to Americans and Israelis killed or kidnapped
approaches hundreds to one. This is reminiscent of the same
strategy used by the Nazis in WWII: slaughter of tens to
hundreds of civilians when the Resistance killed even one
German. Sadly, the US-Israeli ratio of our dead to their dead
even exceeds the kill ratio of the Nazis! Can there be any
clearer evidence of the view that "they," the "enemy," are seen
as less worthy of life and dignity than "us?"
UNETHICAL AND ILLEGAL ENTRIES, SEARCHES AND DETENTIONS; USE OF
There seems to be little disagreement, even from many US
sources, that the Axis has violated international law and basic
human decency by its violent repression of civilian populations.
Both the US and Israel have deemed it their right to break in to
any home in occupied territory that they wish in the search for
"the enemy." Television news displays almost nightly present the
images of Iraqi civilians screaming and crying in protest and
desperation as occupation troops break into their homes, search
any where they want, and then place hoods over the men, tie
their hands behind their backs and roughly shove them to their
knees. TO THEIR KNEES!
The US and Israel also hold THOUSANDS of prisoners from the
lands they have invaded and occupied with basic human rights
denied to many if not most of those prisoners. Even the puppet
government of Britain has called for the release of prisoners
from Guantanamo Bay, hundreds of whom have been held
incommunicado FOR YEARS, with no contacts with family or legal
representatives allowed. Meanwhile, the media have uncovered
reports of secret prisons around the world where CIA victims are
spirited to and never heard from again.
The visual reports from Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq show the
widespread use of torture there, and many international
organizations ?from the United Nations to the Red Cross to
Amnesty International- have provided evidence and protested the
widespread use of torture by Americans and their allies,
approved AS POLICY by the Bush administration!
All of these tactics are EXACTLY the same as the ones used by
the Nazis in WWII. Are these prisons, those that are known and
the many that are secret- not American concentration camps?
Of course, I want Israel to survive and flourish as a state, but
alongside the equally flourishing Palestinian and Lebanese
states whose autonomy and actual statehood Israel continues to
deny, financially, militarily, and economically. As an American
and as a Jew, my heart is broken; I cringe in disbelief and
horror at the terror my own people have spread.
Terror bombing, illegal invasion of other countries using
trumped up excuses, dehumanization of the enemy as inferior,
widespread use of torture; these are exactly the same tactics
the Nazis used. But these tactics will NEVER produce either the
peace or victory the Axis of Powers claim they want. Remember
WWII. The Nazis lost!
Joel Fischer <firstname.lastname@example.org> Professor University of
Hawai'i School of Social Work Honolulu, HI