By Alex Constantine
Once again, the Conservative Voice, a mine of ringing right-wing propaganda, is taking me to task for debunking the "Islamo-fascism" red herring.
Paul Krugman is correct: "There isn’t actually any such thing as Islamofascism — it’s not an ideology; it’s a figment of the neocon imagination."
Neocons parroting Bush, badly in need of a dictionary, promote the "islamo-fascism" line, eg. Raymond Ibrahim, editor of the Al Qaeda Reader, an omelet of texts written by Islamic extremists, and compares the words of Al Qaeda to Mein Kampf.
Ibrahim performs this service at David Horowitz's FrontPage site.
It's fairly well-known that Horowitz receives generous funding from Richard Mellon Scaife - a CIA propagandist since the early days of the cold war. (The intelligence connection runs in the family: "During World War II, while Richard and Cordelia's father, Alan Scaife, served in Europe in the OSS, the forerunner to the CIA, the Scaife family lived in Washington."
Scaife supports a phalanx of organizations that, like the FrontPage site, distribute fascist propaganda. They all have ties to the CIA:
American Enterprise Institute
Atlas Economic Research Foundation
David Horowitz Freedom Center
Foundation for Economic Education
Free Congress Foundation (headed by Paul Weyrich)
GOPAC (headed by Newt Gingrich)
Independent Women's Forum
Intercollegiate Studies Institute (which operates the Collegiate Network)
Landmark Legal Foundation
Media Research Center (headed by Brent Bozell)
Pacific Legal Foundation
Pittsburgh World Affairs Council
Most of these CIA-subsidized propagandists are towing the "Islamo-Fascism" clunker. Krugman: " ... a bunch of lightly armed terrorists and a fourth-rate military power — which aren’t even allies — pose a greater danger than Hitler’s panzers or the Soviet nuclear arsenal ever did. ... "
Blogger Steve Benen comments, "The politics of fear might be more effective if it were grounded in reality."
Why point the finger at the Middle East, when actual fascism is corporate and would probably not exist without the capitalistic impetus that flows internationally from the United States?
Fascism is unbridled capitalism - it is a feature of American life. It elevates thugs and criminals to positions of power. It is inherently conspiratorial and engages in acts of destruction to advance itself. Scapegoating "Islamo-fascists" - when American corporations in league with their corallaries in Germany, Japan, Italy, etc., make fascism possible and feed the geo-genocidal beast. The Arabs may have had Nazi collaborators, as did America itself, many more, but make no mistake about it, the U.S. is the beating heart of it all.
• IBM counted the Jews at Auschwitz - not shieks from Araby.
• GM mechanized the Blitzkrieg - not desert camel drivers.
• Standard Oil had a secret pact with the Reich - not fig farmers in Iraq.
• Coca-Cola had Nazi contracts - not the water-carrier out on the oasis.
• BTW, what kind of shoes do "conservatives" wear at Conservative Voice? What music do they listen to? Could be pertinent ...
Fascism is all-American - all-capitalist, corporate. Those who babble about "Islamo-fascism" echo George Bush, who hails from a family with reasonably well-known Nazi financial connections.
The finger-pointers are turned in the wrong direction. America's ruling elite are the fascists, and they are bringing the country to its ragged knees.