posted on Jan, 5 2007 @ 06:54 PM
Well the similarity makes for easy name calling.
In the Middle Ages, tens of thousands of peasants, mostly women, were accused of trying to destroy their neighbors. They were tortured until they
There was no punishment, other than the death penalty.
The accusers were usually given the alleged witch's property. Soon, the accusations began to be made against the wealthy, and was used to terrorize
petty merchants and seize their homes, at a time when cities were overcrowded, and having a home within the city gates was a guarantee of political
freedom and entreprenurial opportunity.
It went on in periodic epidemics for about 200 years, with a total of several hundred thousand being killed.
So far, in the US, only several hundred have been accused. While I don't doubt that there has been torture for "naming names," the accused
generally don't lose property to their accusers. They have generally been foreign nationals, with little stake in US society. The witches were born
and raised in the villages that turned on them.
The witches were doomed, regardless of what they told the authorities. I seriously doubt that applies to the kid from california who trained in a
taliban camp in Afghanistan, or the hispanic kid from Chicago who offered to import a dirty bomb into the US.
By their behavior, the US authorities seem far more interested in neutralizing threats than in seizing property. Prince Al Makhtoum of the UAE had
his horse win the 2002 Kentucky derby; he has been investigated for supporting terror in the US, but he's been allowed to keep his horse . . .
The term "witch-hunt" was also appied to the McCarthy led proceedings in the House on Un-American Activities Committee in the late 50's. People
usually leave out the fact that several of those who were jailed really were in communication with Moscow, and that they had previously tried to
muscle anticommunist actors. Elia Kazan, one of the most hated names in hollywood was "reverse black-listed" by the Hollywood establishment for
saying that there really were commies in hollywood. The same with the young Ronald Reagan.
If the HUAC was a witch-hunt, so was the "reverse blacklisting" of anticommunists. But then, liberals write the textbooks . . . .