Information Clearing House By Hamid Dabashi Sat., Night, Feb.11, 2017
“Reichstag Fire” was an arson attack on the Reichstag, the German parliament, in Berlin on February 27, 1933. The incident was soon abused by Adolf Hitler and his gang to demand a suspension of civil liberties in systematic preparation for his putsch for total fascist power.
Trump and his handlers are desperate to find a Muslim “Reichstag Fire” and they will use the incident to further demonise Islam in the US and push for a Muslim registry or even worse.
The illegal and unconstitutional Muslim ban is only the first salvo. Trump has a longer spectrum in mind. Demonisation and official persecution of Muslims, just as Jews were in Nazi Germany, will progress apace until he manufactures his “Reichstag Fire”.
In addition to a domestic threat, Trump and his gang will need a foreign war to safeguard his presidency for this and the next terms. He never stopped campaigning after his win. He knows for a fact he is a vastly unpopular president. His entire first term will be spent campaigning for the second.
“Donald Trump needs a war,” Bradley Burston correctly diagnoses and further adds, “But not just any war. He needs just the right global non-Christian, all-powerful, all-frightening, non-white, non-negotiable enemy. He needs a Holy War.”
The only “Holy War” Trump can wage is of course against Muslims.
Standing next to him is one Steve Bannon, an obsessed crusader you have to go back all the way to characters such as Raynald of Chatillon or Guy of Lusignan of the Crusaders period to find the likes of him: vicious, malignant, hatred of Muslims and Jews definitive to who and what he is.
Bannon has a malignantly illiterate conception of a perpetual war between Islam and Christianity that he has picked up off some lunatic website like his own Breitbart, fully on display in a vile speech he gave via Skype to a gang of like-minded militant Christians in 2014.
At one crucial point in this speech he says: “I believe you should take a very, very, very aggressive stance against radical Islam,” and if you thought he means “radical Islam” and not “Islam”, he immediately corrects you by adding: “If you look back at the long history of the Judeo-Christian West struggle against Islam, I believe that our forefathers kept their stance, and I think they did the right thing. I think they kept it out of the world, whether it was at Vienna, or Tours, or other places … It bequeathed to us the great institution that is the church of the West.”
From Samuel Huntington to New Atheists to Benjamin Netanyahu to Bannon’s Christian zealotry have been pointing to an all-out war with one final standing Muslim country not entirely subservient to the US Christian militarism: Iran.
Trump’s National Security Adviser – and Bannon’s fellow militant Islamophobe – Michael Flynn just came out putting Iran on notice. Consistently raising public awareness and mobilising civil disobedience against Trump’s policies have now become the hallmarks of a whole new generation of anti-war civil rights movement in the US.
My source – full article here:
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46427.htm Source: AL Jazeera