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History repeating itself

Dear Editor:

While Jim Chenoweth (Letters to the Editor, July 20) attributes fascist characteristics to the current administration, I have never heard him, or any other peace activist, say one word in condemnation of Islamic fascism working terror around the world in its quest for global domination.

It is sadly ironic that Chenoweth quotes Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a Lutheran theologian and member of the German resistance movement against the Nazis, who was executed just before the end of World War II. If Hitler had been stopped years earlier, Bonhoeffer might have been celebrating his 100th birthday this year.

The Nazis could have been stopped before so terrible a price had to be paid to put an end to them, were Europe in the 1930s not intent upon appeasement, and were America not influenced by an antiwar movement running the gamut from Nazi sympathizers, to traditional isolationists, to leftist-pacifists who equated the “crimes” of the Western powers with the actions of Hitler’s Germany. Sound familiar?

Although only a lunatic fringe contends that the 9/11 attacks were carried out by the U.S. military at the behest of the oil industry, leftists robotically place the blame not on the Islamic fascists directly responsible but on convoluted “root causes” that always come back to this country. In their eagerness to disparage America, leftists have become apologists for Muslim fanatics.

Myopic ideologues are too busy flinging the word “fascist” around at home to notice that a totalitarian threat to equal Hitler’s has intimidated Europe back into appeasement mode, and is hoping that American leftists will weaken U.S. resolve.

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Judith King

Glenwood Springs