(Originally posted to Iraq at EraBlog on Mon, 24 Mar 2003 06:56:07 GMT)
A friend of Emma’s sent her a link to an article by Thom Hartmann at Commondreams.org.
The 70th anniversary wasn’t noticed in the United States, and was barely reported in the corporate media. But the Germans remembered well that fateful day seventy years ago - February 27, 1933. They commemorated the anniversary by joining in demonstrations for peace that mobilized citizens all across the world.
It started when the government, in the midst of a worldwide economic crisis, received reports of an imminent terrorist attack. A foreign ideologue had launched feeble attacks on a few famous buildings, but the media largely ignored his relatively small efforts. The intelligence services knew, however, that the odds were he would eventually succeed. (Historians are still arguing whether or not rogue elements in the intelligence service helped the terrorist; the most recent research implies they did not.)
I’m not quite paranoid enough (yet) to buy the analogy, but the numerous parallels are eerie and discomforting.