‘Someday it may come knocking on your door’

So with condemnation, and rightfully so, of John Galliano’s stupid anti-Semetic needle-dickery in the news this week, I can’t help but wonder why similarities, as in any, between Galliano’s bigotry and a recent US anti-Muslim rally, in Yorba Linda California, fail to be connected?

Elected Republican, Deborah Pauly, can be seen in this video from al Jazeera actually saying;

I don’t even care if you think I’m crazy anymore. […] I know quite a few marines who will be very happy to help these terrorists to an early meeting in paradise…

But I’ve taken her words out of context, you say? It’s quite possible I have. I can admit it. Not that I care. I’ve no idea where or why she was talking when the footage was shot that was featured in this piece. I guess it’s possible, like conservative Tea Party “activists” claim, she was speaking towards the “presence of speakers [that are linked, but not charged, in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing being] at the event.” Fair enough. Anything is possible. Even the validity, however unlikely, of some of the Tea Party’s extreme assertions. But, that said, it’s not like the Tea Party’s record against inciting reactionary ignorance is clean. But that’s not really my point…

I’m very sorry to say it’s, unfortunately, a sad par for the course. And not just for the tea party. This is the state of the world we live in. Always has been. Probably always will be. Nothing, as in “not-a-thing,” ever changes. Will we ever learn? It’s beyond pathetic!

You see it’s much too hauntingly ironic this wave of Islamophobia, or better yet “the persecution of the other,” should mirror how events such as the Holocaust, say, began. It’s hard to believe, for me at least, the words spoken by German pastor Martin Niemöller, “First they came…,” have been more relevant.

“[B]e careful what kind of world you wish for. Someday it may come knocking on your door!” 1

1 Propagandhi — Human(e) Meat (The Flensing of Sandor Katz)