"Notice that both groups hide their faces in shame," writes Varifrank in his must-read essay on the all-too-human, universal dynamics of terror. "Mississippi Ku-Klux members in the disguises in which they were captured," Harper's Weekly, January 27, 1872 (left) and the face of thuggery today (from Varifrank).
"General Forrest wrapped himself in the flag and perverted the Bible and sold his secret society as a way for the men who had been defeated to maintain their honor and sacred heritage," writes Varifrank [via Right Wing News] in an eye-opening essay that draws clarifying parallels between our own country's past and Iraq's present. Take that first sentence above, change "General Forrest" to "Zawahiri" or "Bin Laden" and "Bible" to "Koran [Qur'an?]," and the dynamics of the century-long turmoil in our own Southern states following the Civil War are revealed to be identical to the dynamics of the "insurgency" following Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq today. Varifrank's essay should be required reading for all who are still wondering "Why do they hate us?" Re the rise of the Ku Klux Klan:
One of the defeated generals began to form a group to fight back as an insurgency against the occupying power . . . a secret society, one that had the direct support of part of the population. [It] began to terrorize the countryside, harassing, threatening and killing members of the populace that supported the occupying army and its new rules, which flew in the face of cultural values that the people of the defeated country had lived with for years.
They terrorized the newly emancipated black population and anyone who supported them. For 100 years, black men were lynched with disturbing regularity in the south.
"Now, what kind of person would look at the Klan and say they were justified because of the illegal occupation of their country by the foreign troops? What kind of person would say that the African Americans who were killed by the Klan didn’t deserve our protection?" asks Varifrank rhetorically, segueing into the moral dilemma confronting fellow travelers of the left who would turn hearts and minds against our country, both at home and abroad:
It’s the same kind of person that thinks the insurgents are justified in killing American troops and Iraqi civilians.
It’s the same kind of person who sneers at the idea of Iraqi Democracy since they “know” that not only is "democracy a sham," [but] the Arabs don’t really want it, and besides, "who are we to impose it them?"
He concludes with a propecy:
One day the people of Iraq will look back on their struggle to be free, and they will take an accounting of those who helped and those who stood blocking the schoolhouse door. The day will come when the left hangs its head in shame for its empowering of the modern day Klan.
We've said it before, and we say it again: Amen.
Update: Kate of Small Dead Animals has gone to the dogs.