The US and the Nazis
ZNet daily commentaries
by Nikos Raptis
www.zmag.org/, February 11, 2006
... Hitler commited suicide on April 30,
1945. The surrender of the Nazis was signed on May 8, 1945. Eleven
days later, on May 19, "a military transport plane with windows
blackened to hide its notorious cargo..." brought in Washington,
D.C. the first Nazis, Herbert Wagner and his two assistants "and
then kept [them] hidden from immigration authorities". ("Secret
Agenda", Linda Hunt, St. Martin's Press, 1991, p. 6, 7).
The true number of Nazis planted in the
US is impossible to know until the CIA opens its files. There
were various programs with assorted code-names ("Overcast",
"Paperclip", etc) designed to smuggle Nazi scientists
(by the thousands) and (inexplicably) Nazi SS regulars (by the
tens of thousands). It seems that the US militaries who were recruiting
the Nazis after 1945 considered the SS as somthing similar to
the US Marines, so they did their utmost to send them to the US.
Most of the older Nazis (scientists, etc)
went straight to the US centers of power. Take the case of General
Walter Dornberger. He was one of those responsible for the death
of "At least 20,000 prisoners -many of them talented engineers
who had been singled out for missile production...- [and who]
were killed through starvation, disease, or execution..."
Dornberger, after working for the US Air Force, went into the
private industry and "eventually rose to be a vice-president
in the Bell Aerosystems Division of the Textron Corporation...
He died peacefully in June 1980." (Christopher Simpson, "Blowback",
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1988, p. 27, 28).
The younger SS Nazis, who were brought
to the US with their families (!), given free passage, board,
emergency funds (with taxpayers money), and assisted to find jobs
(at a time when American engineers were laid off), dispersed in
the lower levels of the American society.
Did these Nazis, planted in the US society,
influence it? The US government's "use of Nazis and collaborators
in intelligence programs has left a mark on the life in the United
States itself. This impact is what is known in spy jargon as "blowback,"
meaning unexpected-and negative-effects at home that result from
covert operations overseas." (Simpson, p. 5).
Is not 9/11 a typical "blowback"?
Is not bin Laden a "result from covert operations" in
"It had taken the greatest war in
history to put a stop to an unspeakable [Nazi] evil. And now the
cutting edge of that nightmare was being transplanted to America."
Words of Linda Hunt in her book "Secret Agenda" of 1991
[Note: It would be interesting if some
Ph. D candidates, or young journalists research the expansion
of the original Nazis and their families in the US society and
also assess their political attitudes, etc.]
But, what is Nazism? The most accurate
answer to that is found in the four Indictment Counts of the Nuremberg
Tribunal. The Counts: 1. Conspiracy to commit the crimes enumerated
in the other three Counts. 2. Crimes against peace, i.e. the planning,
initiating, and waging wars of aggression. 3. War crimes, i.e.
violations of the laws of war. 4. Crimes against humanity, i.e.
exterminations, deportations, and genocide.
Of these counts number 2 is considered
the most important. "By 1939, the peoples of the civilized
world had come to believe that the launching of aggressive war
was a crime not only morally wrong, but one that warranted the
most severe punishment. (Bradley F. Smith, "Reaching Judgment
at Nuremberg", Basic Books, Inc., New York, 1977, p. 17).
Those were the counts for the Nazis. Now,
let us apply them (very brieflly) to the US: Count 2: Vietnam,
Laos, Cambodia, Grenada, Haiti, Panama, Somalia, Kosovo, Afghanistan
Iraq I, Iraq II (not to add Greece with 160,000 killed through
a US proxy army in 1947-9). Count 3: Vietnam "agent orang",
Kosovo DU, Iraq I, Fallujah..., torture all over the panet since
1947. Count 4: Genocides in Indonesia and East Timore. Count 1:
Conspiracy with the "poodle", i.e. Britain. Ignoring
all counts except number 3 (about wars of aggression) we end up
with "the most severe punishment" for W. Bush and his
One has to resist the temptation to delete
all the text above the enumeration of the counts and leave only
the text presenting the correspondence of the Nuremberg counts
to the US acts in order to show that the comparison of the US
to the Nazis is not an exaggeration.
Finally, the fitting way to close this
Commentary is by quoting the words of two persons that are worthy
of great respect:
- "We have to ask ouselves whether
what is needed in the United States is dissent-or denazification."
(Noam Chomsky, "American Power and the New Mandarins",
Pantheon Books, 1969, p. 16).
- Irmgard A. Hunt was only 3-and-a-half
in October 1937 when Hitler had singled her out to sit on his
knee. Her parents were living in Berchtesgaden, Hitler's village,
and were "both enthusiastic supporters of the Nazis".
Sixty years later, now an American since 1958, Irmgard A. Hunt
wrote a book about Berchtesgaden: "On Hitler's Mountain".
In an interview to Michael Little of the
"Washington City Paper" (June 24, 2005, p. 25) she says:
"Karl Rove has all the skills of Dr. Goebbels and then some.
It's just amazing how people have stopped questioning the reasons
for the war, how people will believe there were weapons of mass
destruction. It's absolutely stunning how you can brain-wash people
by fine-tuning the ideology... Hitler said, 'I can't take on this
job unless I have complete power...' And it's a bit like the emergency
powers after 9/11... The American people had better watch what
they're signing onto."
War Crimes & Criminals