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Carpe Diem: 2018.03.17 THE TRUMP REICH

Hauptsturmfurher Sessions

I know that we are not supposed to overdo making allusions and comparisons of the Trump administration to that of Adolf Hitler, but day by day Herr Drumpf seems to be inexorably pushing his administration in that direction. Why is it that Dopple-Himmler Sessions’ DOJ’s immigration Gestapo rounding up the undocumented for incarceration or deportation, whether or not they have felony convictions, seems so reminiscent of the activities of the SS rounding up Jews in the 1930s?  Perhaps the more suspicious detainees can be persuaded to rat on other “undocumenteds” hiding away in California “sanctuary cities”and put under the enhanced interrogation measures of CIA’s Ilse Koch and director-to-be Gina Haspel.  Haspel, who counld become the agency’s own “Bitch of Buchenwald,” ran a black site in Thailand and subsequently destroyed torture tapes to cover up her waterboarding and other fun and games.  Then there is Drumpf Furher’s admiration of the murderous efficiency of drug interdiction methods of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, a vicious thug rival of SS Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich and architect of the Holocaust.

I must apologize to contemporary Germans for harkening to this theme once again.  But who would know better the indelible stain of their regrettable historical episode.  In any case, they might take some comfort in the possibility that the good ole US of A could produce a new reich that will take their place in the ugly chapters of history.

BTW: Yesterday was the 50-year anniversary of the My Lai mass murder of between 347 and 504 unarmed Vietnamese civilians in South Vietnam on 16 March 1968. And, lest anyone think that un-punished escapade in American glory was anomalous . . .

Now let’s see, how did that melody of the Horst Wessel song go?