The Strange Bush
By James Donahue
August 11, 2006
When he said it during
Thursday’s special statement, condemning the alleged terrorist plot to blow up commercial airplanes over the Atlantic, we almost fell
off our chairs. President George W. Bush said the plot was precipitated by “Islamic Fascists.”
Congratulations Mr. President.
You have created a new oxymoron.
For those of you who
do not know the definition of an oxymoron, it is a word, or word combination that contradicts itself. Examples are: military
intelligence; authentic replica; sanitary landfill; unknown knowledge and true lies. The list is almost endless.
The term “Islamic
fascists” is also an oxymoron. And here is why:
Juan Cole, a professor
of Middle Eastern history at University of Michigan,
published a recent article in which he explains: “There cannot be Islamic fascists because the Islamic religion enshrines
values that are incompatible with fascism.
“Fascism is not
even a very good description of the ideology of most Muslim fundamentalists. Most fascism in the Middle
East has been secular in character, as with Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party.”
Cole explains that “fascism
involves extreme nationalism and most often racism. Muslim fundamentalist movements reject the nation-state as their primary
loyalty and reject race as a basis for political action or social discrimination. Fascists exalt the state above individual
rights or the rule of law. Muslim fundamentalists exalt Islamic law above the utilitarian interests of the state.
war as an end in itself and victory as the determinant of truth and worthiness. Muslim fundamentalists view holy war as a
ritual with precise conditions and laws governing its conduct. It is not considered an end in itself,” Cole writes.
Ironically, if we go
back through the Cole description of fascism, it is clear to see that the United
States, under the Bush Administration, had fallen dangerously close to fitting the description
of a fascist nation. Since 9-11 there has been a sense of extreme nationalism and because the attack came from Middle Eastern
Moslems there has also been a problem of racism in America, whether we want to admit it or not.
That we have attacked
the Middle Eastern nation of Iraq without
provocation suggests that we glorify war as an end in itself.
Mr. Bush should not be
surprised that intelligence has uncovered a new plot by Islamic extremists to attack the United States. We have generated a lot of anger in that part of the world by our
As Prophet Aaron C. Donahue
has explained, every time we drop a bomb on an innocent family in Afghanistan
or Iraq, or the Israelis bomb Lebanon
or the Hammas Palestinians, and they see bomb fragments marked “made in USA,”
we are generating a new generation of terrorists. Terrorism is a way the poor people from these parts of the world can fight
back with sling shots and stones against Goliath. And like the fabled story of David, the stone goes for the third eye because
they know that a spiritually blind giant can be destroyed.
Those who wish to grasp
a sense of the way the people of the Middle East view America
would do well to catch the Mike Wallace interview with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the CBS “60 Minutes”
Sunday night. Wallace is already catching flack for this interview because he portrays Ahmadinejad in a warmer, more objective
light than most people expect.
Remember that we have
all been victims of a subtle political demonization of Ahmadinejad ever since that man won the presidential office in that
country and began making waves. Wallace is an old professional journalist who has been down this road before. This interview
may be his attempt at shedding some light on this mysterious personality and putting some balance back in the news of the