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 of Powers?
TERROR BOMBINGS; CONDUCTING A BRUTAL WAR AGAINST CIVILIANS.
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.
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.
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