All the crazy talk from Janet Brewer about beheadings put me in mind of the wingnut obsession with beheading during the glory days of the Iraq war. And it got me thinking just how interchangeable the various scary places filled with brown people are. Steve M.:
People forget this now, but right-wing talk about foreign policy in the Bush years was like a Surrealist European art film from the 1960s, one in which the same character could be played by two different actors and the same location by different landscapes. When it suited right-wing bloviators, Osama bin Laden was played by Osama bin Laden; at other times, he was played by Saddam Hussein. When an al-Qaeda tape surfaced and spreading fear was useful, we were told that the most dangerous enemy was in (or was being dispatched from) Afghanistan and Pakistan; at other times, Iraq was Afghanistan and Pakistan (“the main front in the War on Terror”). And on and on.
The confusing surrealist narrative goes even deeper than this, of course: as you all know, Saddam Hussein was an ally before he became Hitler (same for bin Laden). And Pinochet, who, like Saddam Hussein, killed tens of thousands of his own people, was eulogized by Fred Hiatt and others — as a bulwark against the greater Hitler of communism — when he died.
But I’m getting off track here. My question is this: does Mexico have the potential to be the next great Home of Hitler, a place that must be invaded or at least used as symbol of everything that is evil?