This is a link to a really interesting article by Thom Hartmann.
While the Republicans promote the term “Islamo-fascism,” the rest of the world is pushing back, as the BBC noted in an article by Richard Allen Greene (“Bush’s Language Angers US Muslims” – 12 August 2006):
“Security expert Daniel Benjamin of the Center for Strategic and International Studies agreed that the term [Islamic fascists] was meaningless.
“‘There is no sense in which jihadists embrace fascist ideology as it was developed by Mussolini or anyone else who was associated with the term,’ he said. ‘This is an epithet, a way of arousing strong emotion and tarnishing one’s opponent, but it doesn’t tell us anything about the content of their beliefs.'”
Their beliefs are, quite simply, that governments of the world should be subservient to religion, a view shared by a small but significant part of today’s Republican party. But that is not fascism – the fascists in the US want to exploit the fundamentalist theocrats to achieve their own fascistic goals.
Roosevelt’s Vice President Henry Wallace was the first to clearly and accurately point out who the real American fascists are, and what they’re up to. This article explores his comments in depth and draws some interesting parallels between Mussolini and the Republican Party of today.
As the 1983 American Heritage Dictionary noted, fascism is: “A system of government that exercises a dictatorship of the extreme right, typically through the merging of state and business leadership, together with belligerent nationalism.”
Sound at all familiar?