Archive/File: people/b/bellant.russ bellant.conclu From oneb!cs.ubc.ca!destroyer!caen!uunet!olivea!sgigate!sgi!cdp!cberlet Mon Dec 14 13:10:51 PST 1992 Article: 8139 of alt.conspiracy Path: oneb!cs.ubc.ca!destroyer!caen!uunet!olivea!sgigate!sgi!cdp!cberlet From: firstname.lastname@example.org (NLG Civil Liberties Committee) Newsgroups: alt.conspiracy Subject: Re: Bellant: Old Nazi Networks in US Message-ID: <email@example.com> Date: 12 Dec 92 02:28:00 GMT References: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sender: Notesfile to Usenet Gateway
Lines: 73 Nf-ID: #R:cdp:1299600110:cdp:1299600128:000:3813 Nf-From: cdp.UUCP!cberlet Dec 11 18:28:00 1992 /* Written 9:10 pm Dec 8, 1992 by cberlet in igc:publiceye */ /* Written 8:30 pm Dec 6, 1992 by cberlet in igc:p.news */ /* Written 7:37 pm Mar 4, 1990 by nlgclc in igc:publiceye */ Bellant: Old Nazis/Conclusions CONCLUSIONS Americans are, in general, not aware of the role and importance of the Eastern Front in the history of WWII. The German , the Russian winter and the long Soviet counterattack are the staples of the history of this subject. The resulting ignorance allows us to tolerate an extensive network of collaborators established by Hitler's Third Reich, many of whom then came to the United States after the war ended. When these collaborators promote themselves as past victims of Soviet (or Romanian, Hungarian, etc.) persecution and as patriotic anti-communists, they mask their past fascism, Nazism, and, often, crimes against humanity. A combination of ignorance, amnesia and in some cases political sympathy have allowed both American and European abetters of the Third Reich to play a prominent and respectable role inside the Republican Party. In many cases these fascists are unrepentant about their past as enemies of the United States and as supporters of Nazi genocide. It is painfully ironic that it was our victory over Germany which forced SS-linked groups to flee their eastern European homelands, in some cases to the United States, and subsequently allowed former enemies of the United States to influence American politics at the highest levels. The American right wing has made common cause with this racism and anti-Semitism in their ranks. The American Security Council is an important organization which is less an aberration of the American Right than the expression of two generations of Old and New Right issues, priorities, outlooks and personalities. As Christopher Simpson observes in : "Captivated by a vision of the world in which any enemy of the Communists was a friend of ours, the United States' role in Eastern Europe during the cold war consisted in large part of the creation of polarized crises in which East-West cooperation became impossible, while the counterpart to this same policy often created secret alliances with war criminals, Nazis, and extremists." The presence of these political currents in the American political process presents a challenge to members of both political parties and to those of neither party. Observers and researchers in the media, academia and in non-profit political and religious groups must all ask themselves whether the condition described herein is acceptable. In 1988 the George Bush presidential campaign was presented with the opportunity to repudiate the anti-Semites, Nazi apologists and fascists who had been recruited into the campaign's ethnic outreach arm through Republican party contacts. Instead of repudiating anti-democratic tendencies and bigotry, the Bush campaign chose to sidestep the charges and moved instead to minimize damage to the political campaign. The record to date leads to the conclusion that the Republican National Committee and the network around the American Security Council and World Anti-Communist League may consider it forgivable to have been a fascist collaborator so long as one is today an active anti-communist pursuing the maintenance of the Cold War in foreign policy and extremist right-wing politics at home. If this is an incorrect interpretation, then it is incumbent upon them to give a better--and public--explanation of why a tolerance for anti-Semitism, racism, authoritarianism and fascism is a hallmark of both their foreign policy intrigues abroad and their political coalition-building at home.
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