January 27, 2005

TRICKED:

From Holocaust to hyperpower (Jim Lobe, 1/28/05, Asia Times)

[T]he Nazi Holocaust also lies at the core of the neo-conservative world view that has animated and given coherence to much of the George W Bush administration's post-September 11, 2001, foreign policy that itself is changing the world, albeit not necessarily in ways that either Annan or the international human-rights movement would approve.

"For those of us who are involved in foreign and defense policy today, my generation, the defining moment of our history was certainly the Holocaust," former Defense Policy Board (DPB) chairman Richard Perle, a central figure in the US neo-conservative network, told the British Broadcasting Corp (BBC) as US forces drove toward Iraq two years ago.

To Perle, who like many neo-conservatives is Jewish (although most US Jews are not neo-conservatives), the Holocaust is irrefutable proof of the existence of "evil" - a word that recurs frequently in their discourse. World events are viewed as a perpetual battle between, as one of their heroes Reinhold Niebuhr called it, "the children of light" and the "children of darkness".

In the last century, "totalitarianism", whether of the right or the left, was the evil. But, as noted by the highest-ranking neo-conservative in the Bush administration in a talk late last year, evil never dies and now takes the form of what some call "Islamo-fascism".

"The thing that hasn't changed, unfortunately, is that there still is evil in the world," said Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz. "It is a fascist totalitarianism not fundamentally different from the way it was in the last century - no more God-fearing than [the Nazis and communists] were."

Significantly, the White House chose Wolfowitz - rather than a top State Department official - to speak as the US representative to the Holocaust ceremony at the United Nations on Monday. Wolfowitz, a close friend and colleague of Perle since 1969, when they both arrived in Washington, did not mention that all members of the family his father left behind in his native Poland in the 1920s died in the Holocaust.

A similar fate befell the family of the father of the under secretary of defense for policy, Douglas Feith. Dalck Feith, a leading Philadelphia businessman and philanthropist, managed to survive the Holocaust, which, however, took the lives of both his parents, four sisters, and three brothers.

These men, key players in the Bush administration's foreign policy for the past three and a half years, obviously do not see the Holocaust - and the notion of "evil" in international affairs - as a relic of history.


To a remarkable degree the breakdown of the Atlantic Alliance and the Red/Blue divide can be explained almost in their entirety by secularists believing evil to be a historic artifact.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 27, 2005 10:46 AM
Comments

OJ: truer words were never spoken

Posted by: Palmcroft at January 27, 2005 12:26 PM

Not entirely accurate, oj.

There exist a great many at the ends of the political rainbow---certain mullahs, certain academics and various other bright lights---who believe, who are convinced, that the U.S. is evil personified.

E.g. http://oliverkamm.typepad.com/blog/2005/01/chomsky_and_the_1.html
http://oliverkamm.typepad.com/blog/2005/01/chomsky_and_the.html
http://oliverkamm.typepad.com/blog/2005/01/chomsky_the_cas.html

Posted by: Barry Meislin at January 27, 2005 3:50 PM

Not entirely accurate, oj.

There exist a great many at the ends of the political rainbow---certain mullahs, certain academics and various other bright lights---who believe, who are convinced, that the U.S. is evil personified.

E.g. http://oliverkamm.typepad.com/blog/2005/01/chomsky_and_the_1.html
http://oliverkamm.typepad.com/blog/2005/01/chomsky_and_the.html
http://oliverkamm.typepad.com/blog/2005/01/chomsky_the_cas.html

Posted by: Barry Meislin at January 27, 2005 3:53 PM

Not entirely accurate, oj.

There exist a great many at the ends of the political rainbow---certain mullahs, certain academics and various other bright lights---who believe, who are convinced, that the U.S. is evil personified.

E.g. http://oliverkamm.typepad.com/blog/2005/01/chomsky_and_the_1.html
http://oliverkamm.typepad.com/blog/2005/01/chomsky_and_the.html
http://oliverkamm.typepad.com/blog/2005/01/chomsky_the_cas.html

Posted by: Barry Meislin at January 27, 2005 3:59 PM

Apologies for that. Firefox 1.0 seems to be a bit slow out of the blocks....

Posted by: Barry Meislin at January 27, 2005 4:58 PM
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