Lindorff, writing in CounterPunch,
accuses the Republican National Committee of "play[ing] the Hitler
card" with its recent denunciation of two amateur commercials,
posted briefly on the MoveOn.Org website, that compared the sitting
President to Adolf Hitler. Lindorff's position predictably
enough, in the hyperbolic realm CP occupies is that
the "shrill attacks" levied on the "remarkably successful populist
internet-based organization" are solely due to the idea that "the
Republican Party is more worried than it lets on about the upcoming
November election," whatever that actually means.
spares neither the RNC nor President Bush any invective whatsoever,
nor does he resist the temptation to praise these "pretty darned
good" histrionic, ahistorical film shorts. In the CounterPuncher's
own words, one of the ads "shows Hitler in a parade and speaking,
followed by scenes of German troops attacking, planes bombing,
tanks firing, and victorious troops goose-stepping into occupied
territory, as a voiceover says 'A nation warped by lies lies
fuel fear fear fuels aggression invasion occupation.' As the
scene fades from Hitler giving a raised arm salute to Bush with
his hand raised at his inauguration, the voiceover says, 'What
were war crimes in 1945 is foreign policy in 2003'."
heil, thank you, drive through, I guess. Seriously, what the hell
is this all about? "War crimes in 1945?" Which ones? Where
are these raised-arm salutes for the President, the goosestepping,
et al.? "A nation warped by lies?" Which ones? How is this ad
"pretty darned good?" It's reductionist bilge, every bit as dishonest
in the service of the MoveOn.Org agenda as any flag-waving foolishness
put forth by the RNC for its own purposes.
that's OK. See, 9/11, in Lindorff's reckoning, was the equivalent
of the Reichstag Fire, a mere pretext for the invasion of Iraq
[Afghanistan goes unmentioned it's SO 2002, after all].
Lindorff describes the "shock and awe" bombing campaign as a "war
crime targeting the Iraqi public"; while that may be true, one
of the central lessons of 1945 is that only winners of wars get
to have war crime trials. So unless China ["drowning in dollars,"
sez the Bloomberg TV morning team] takes us on and wins, there
likely will be no such trials that have anything but a cosmetic
effect. And if China had such trials, they would be in Chinese
anyway, so you wouldn't read much about them in the American press.
from Lindorff: "As for the second controversial ad, it features
first a picture of Hitler, speaking in German, with a voiceover
translating the lines as 'We have taken new measures to protect
our homeland. I believe I am acting in accordance with the will
of the Almighty Creator.' Then, as Hitler continues to speak,
the voiceover says, 'God told me to strike Al-Qaeda, and I struck
him.' As the picture morphs into George Bush, the voiceover continues,
'and then He instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did.'
With a picture of cheering Germans in the background, the voiceover
concludes, 'Sound familiar?'"
Al-Qaeda is a "him," now? Does he work the falafel cart downtown
or something? All kidding aside, whats the point of featuring
such rococo reductionism however briefly on a website
purporting to be the voice of a genuine alternative to the current
Administration? In the tradition of larger "news organizations,"
which occasionally float stories for a few hours only to retract
them, or never mention them again, it seems that MoveOn.Org is
not averse to floating a poison meme here and there when it serves
Lindorff, those two ads are "sadly prophetic," and could only
be seen as likening Bush to Hitler by "the most simplistic or
willfully unimaginative of viewers." Well, someone had better
knock a few points off of my IQ, because the RNC is right-on in
this instance. The amateur commercials take liberties with a larger,
more complex situation to score points for Dean, Kucinich, or
whichever scrub the website ends up endorsing. They put words
in people's mouths which were never said. They are smears, character
assassinations, and embarrassing to anyone who takes the time
to think about what is actually said in them. They are not, as
in its contest submission guidelines, "the truth about President
Bush." They are a sham [as MoveOn.Org recently
and the professional left could do better.
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the author of Unfortunate
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