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Fear Itself

As is usual with the vaunted NY Times columnist, Paul Krugman's latest is a must read. The lede alone is enough to whet one's outrage appetite.
In America’s darkest hour, Franklin Delano Roosevelt urged the nation not to succumb to “nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror.” But that was then.

Today, many of the men who hope to be the next president — including all of the candidates with a significant chance of receiving the Republican nomination — have made unreasoning, unjustified terror the centerpiece of their campaigns.

Krugman also points out that despite all the need for Islamofascism "awareness", few are aware that there is nothing to be aware of.
For one thing, there isn’t actually any such thing as Islamofascism — it’s not an ideology; it’s a figment of the neocon imagination. The term came into vogue only because it was a way for Iraq hawks to gloss over the awkward transition from pursuing Osama bin Laden, who attacked America, to Saddam Hussein, who didn’t. And Iran had nothing whatsoever to do with 9/11 — in fact, the Iranian regime was quite helpful to the United States when it went after Al Qaeda and its Taliban allies in Afghanistan.

This tactic of constantly creating enemies were none existed to further a preconceived agenda has of course been one of the defining attributes of the Bush administration. That so many in the GOP field seem willing to keep that tradition going is just another sign of how worse things can still become.

Blog Thanks: Salon's Blog Report and The Heretik for linking to the ASZ of this post.

(Filed at State of the Day and All Spin Zone)