and Benito Mussolini: The growing threat of fascism in
John LeCarre, my
favorite spy novelist and former M15 and M16 agent was speaking last Fall to
friends and readers at the Royal Festival Hall in
“Something truly, seriously bad is happening and from my point of view we have to be aware of…
I think of all things
that were happening across
As Cold War II supplants Cold War I, the behavior of powerful rivals are no different, as Elisabeth Asbrink put it in her extraordinarily illuminating 1947: Where Now Begins: “The lines that divide the world are now more sharply drawn. The Cold War map is reduced to black and white. Power against power, light against darkness. Nuances of gray: nonexistent. Doubts, compromise, signs of weakness: ditto.”
A perfect recipe for a nuclear war.
Now that the missiles
have fallen on Syria, presumably allowing Assad to wreck havoc on rebel
Syrians so long as they don’t do it with chemicals, Trump and his fellow home
front warriors such as John Bolton and Nikki Haley, et al., can ruin the
anticipated talks with North Korea while hugging the Saudis, armed with U.S.
weapons, as they kill and maim thousands of Yemenis. Later, they can even threaten war with
Paralyzed by the passivity and gullibility of the mass media (remember with virtually no exceptions they backed the invasion of Iraq), and the absence of skepticism among most of the Imperial City’s subsidized Think Tanks and Congress, Trump surely recognized he could then forge ahead with his imitation of Teddy Roosevelt’s “Splendid Little War” (as Secretary of State John Hay dubbed it), though I’m inclined to think this one sounded more like “Wag the Dog,” given the investigations by Robert Mueller, the FBl’s seizure of Michael Cohen’s papers and James Comey’s appearances seemingly everywhere as he promotes his new, critical book about our leader. Too much heat?
I have no idea if LeCarre’s warning is correct.
But historian Benjamin Carter Hett’s intriguing and gripping new book, The Death of Democracy: Hitler’s Rise to Power and the Downfall of the Weimar Republic, concludes with words of warning aimed at all of us today:
“Few Germans in 1933
could imagine Treblinka or