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Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Nazi's in the Military

There is a news story floating around regarding the US military recruiting Nazi’s. Here is a good summary from CNN’s web site:
The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks racist activities in the United States, said thousands of hate group members are now in the armed forces, especially in the Army, increasing the threat of domestic terrorism."

There is mounting evidence that military recruiters and commanders, under intense pressure to meet manpower goals with the country at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, have relaxed standards designed to prohibit racist extremists from serving in the armed forces," the center's Chief Executive Richard Cohen told Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in a letter.
First off, let me say that I think Nazi’s infiltrating the US military is a bad thing. That being said, it does seems that this story is getting a little more coverage than a similar story about gangsters infiltrating the military .

It seems unlikely that there are “thousands” of Nazi’s in the US military. That aside, this story is interesting for another reason. THIS IS REVERSE MCCARTHYISM!

Yes, I said it. These people have a certain way of thinking that I completely disagree with, but that doesn’t mean we should blacklist them from the military. Should we kick all communists out of the military too? After all, the record of communism around the world is actually worse than Nazism. Not to mention, Lee Harvey Oswald was a communist that had been in the Marines (spare me the conspiracy crap). What about socialists? They are just a step down from communism. How far at the end of the spectrum do you have to be before you are ok for the military? Eco-terrorists comprise the
greatest domestic terrorist threat
in the US. How do we know whether the intentions of an environmentalist is violent or peaceful? Should we keep them all out too?

The point is that the military should exclude people based on their past actions and psychological analysis. If it can be determined that certain people have violent ambitions once they leave the military, then they should be weeded out regardless of ideology. A persons philosophy is an interesting question, and maybe it should be a consideration, but it can be hard to distinguish one way of thinking from another. Once you start ruling people out based on their thoughts, it will be hard to stay consistent.

Editors note: As someone who isn’t white, some may wonder why I don’t take a harder stance against white supremacists. Simply put, they are not a threat. They are an obscure group and do not speak for anyone except an extremely small minority. No one listens to them. They are lucky if they get 20 people to attend their “rallies.” I feel more of a threat from people who are against capitalism (a real threat to our freedoms, and a growing movement) than racists.
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