reply to post by maxella1
Very well put. The precedent is certainly there, and it does not take a great leap in imagination to believe that history would again repeat itself
like it has so many times before.
Many academics now believe that the Nazis were involved in the arson attack on the Reichstag in 1933, the event that allowed Hitler and his supporters
to rise to power in Germany. But, the events seem remarkably similar to something that took place more recently:
1) The Nazis used the attack as evidence that Communists were involved in a plot against the German government, allowing the removal of their main
opposition due to their part in a greater conspiracy. (Al Qaeda/Bin Laden blame depite initial denial of involvement, fabrication of evidence
2) Emergency measures were put into place to withdraw civil liberties and crack down on political dissent within the country. (PATRIOT Act, Dep. of
Homeland Security etc. 'Your either with us, or your with the terrorists').
3) The attack gave the Nazis greater political influence and support, and allowed them to consolidate their power by appealing to nationalist
sentiment. (Renewed support for Bush administration, free-reign due to draping himself in the flag).
4) A hurried and questionnable investigation placed the blame directly on the Communists, even implicating figures entirely unrelated to the attack.
(9/11 Commission and invasion of Iraq).
I could go on. If it ain't broke don't fix it eh?