Originally posted by jaguarmike
In Nazi Germany, the fascist police state we all know too much about, the Jews were extreminated in arguably one of the top 5 worst acts of the past
200 years. If you buy into the information that our war on terror is just another mockup excuse to lead globalization into a new frontier... do you
think it is possible America's "jews" will be the Mexicans?
[edit on 13-4-2006 by jaguarmike]
well jaguarmike, it is a thought-provoking scenario, and one which one must be on guard against in any freedom-loving society.
In the case of the Jews in Germany: Europe had a long history of demonizing the Jews and carrying out occasional pogroms against them. In a sense, it
was a much older and broader antipathy than anything going against the Mexicans. Just look at the alacrity with which many occupied nations (ie
France, Poland, etc) rounded up and turned over their Jewish population.
Also, actual state-sanctioned persecution (the Nuremberg Laws) was preceeded by many years of the most vile and overt forms of propaganda, including
tying the Jewish people into Germany's loss in WWI (the "stab in the back" propaganda).
In other words, the predisposition of many in Europe to hate the jews (or simply "not get involved") was ancient. Plus, the overt violence of the
Nazi regime also militated against much support for the Jewish people.
I'm not saying that it couldn't happen here; only that the Europeans were a lot more thoroughly prepped for it, psychologically, and the govenments
were able to pull it off as easily as they did because of the Nazi's well-known penchant for using overwhelming and public violence against internal
And, as darkelf noted, how do you round up 12 million people, the majority of whom are males in the prime of life, and who might be a lot more willing
to resist. Or simply recross the border to safety in Mexico?
It is my opinion that some "conspiracy" of enormous magnitude, say, giving active assistance to a terrorist network, would have to be pawned off on
the American people before they would sit quietly and watch the government haul people, en masse, off to camps.
It took a massive surprise attack by japan on Pearl harbor, and the ensuing fear of an invasion of the West Coast, to awaken latent anti-Japanese
nativism to the point where the government could put people into camps.
And, despite the issues regarding security, worker status, etc., I still believe the current anti-immigration debate is fueled, to a large degree, by
good ol' American Nativism.
I do think some "significant incident", ala Pearl Harbor or 9/11, could easily plumb the depths of that Nativist impulse in America to bring swift
retaliation, of the sort you speak of, against the Mexican population.
Good question you raised