Thank you Infidel753 and Mike's Blog Roundup at Crooks and Liars.
Read the report below and it will sound sadly familiar. Why? Because what the murderous militiamen say in the report is exactly the tone and language used on certain far right blogs (you know which ones I mean) when they speak about Muslims. The only word in this report that the militiamen don't use is "vermin," but "cockroaches" has the same meaning.
This is exactly the kind of tone and language used in 1930s Germany referring to the Jews, and it's being used by Americans -- or rather people who claim to be Americans but in fact betray every ideal this country stands for.
When Americans start referring to fellow Americans -- American Muislims -- as "vermin" and "cockroaches," that dehumanizes an entire religion and culture so that exterminating them is not seen as evil, but a necessary cleansing, even if that cleansing means slaughtering one-year old babies -- just read the history of what the Nazis did to the Jews to understand how that works.
The people who run the blogs that tolerate this dehumanization of Americans are worse than the Germans who participated in the Holocaust because those bloggers know the history of what happens when ignorant hateful people demonize whole cultures and religions and accept the idea that killing them all is a solution to a problem that exists only in their warped and evil minds.
BTW, the contributors to and owners of those certain blogs will see the militiamen reported below as heroes and not as a cancerous blight on America and all she stands for.
Yes. It can happen here. Militiamen and right wing bloggers are proving it.
Accused Terrorists Were So Extreme They Scared Other Anti-Muslim Bigots
WICHITA, Kan. — Jurors in a federal courthouse Thursday were played recording after recording of three militia members spewing genocidal hatred of Muslims.
The three men — Patrick Stein, Gavin Wright and Curtis Allen — are accused of being involved in a 2016 terrorism plot to bomb an apartment complex that housed Somali Muslim refugees and a mosque in Garden City, Kansas.
In one recording played for the court Thursday, they can all be heard mapping out Muslim targets on Google Earth, dropping “pins” on a map of Garden City, each pin labeled “cockroaches.”
“The fucking cockroaches in this country have to go, period,” Stein said in one recording. “They are the fucking problem in this country right now. They are the threat in this country right now.”
“When we go on operations, there’s no leaving anyone behind, even if it’s a 1-year-old. I’m serious,”
Stein said in another. “I guarantee if I go on a mission, those little fuckers are going bye-bye.”
In another recording, the men discussed killing a Garden City landlord who owned a building occupied by Muslims and then raping the landlord’s wife and daughter. All to scare off other landlords from renting to Muslims.
The people who support Trump are quite comfortable with the labels "vermin" and with dehumanizing certain groups.
David Gerson, WaPo:
"...Trump’s policy proposals — the details of which Trump himself seems unconcerned and uninformed about — are symbolic expressions of a certain approach to politics. The stated purpose of Trump’s border wall is to keep out a contagion of Mexican rapists and murderers. His argument is not taken from Heritage Foundation policy papers. He makes it by quoting the racist poem “The Snake,” which compares migrants to dangerous vermin.
Trump proposes to ban migration from some Muslim-majority countries because Muslim refugees, as he sees it, are a Trojan-horse threat of terrorism. Trump’s policy ideas are incidental to his message of dehumanization.
This is what we mean when we say to the media and to conservatives: don’t normalize. These are white supremacists and awful people. It may be a 60-40 losing fight within the Republican party but it’s a fight worth fighting. I mean, what could go wrong with accommodating Nazis?"