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     For the past 12 years the West has been engaged in a determined effort to suppress the fundamentalist sects of Islam that it organized against the potential threat of communism and socialism in the Middle East.  The defeat of the Soviets in Afghanistan has been bought with the blood of thousands of Afghans and Western troops and continues unabated.  The USA and its European allies set up secular dictators like the Shah and Saddam Hussein from Indonesia to Morocco.  Hundreds of Millions were spent on corrupt anticommunists in Tiawuan and billions on destroying the communists in Vietnam.  In the end the Chinese Communists substantially weakened a several thousand year entrenchment of Buddhism and turned capitalist.  The same for Vietnam.  In retrospect communism seems to be a route from pre-industral states to capitalist formation.  Had Western capitalists really believed in capitalism they would not have supported religious alternatives to communism that are now threatening not only capitalism but Christianity as well.  

   From the Beginning

       While the suppression of popular movements against colonialism was the usual response to resistance, Western governments saw the communist threat everywhere linked to anti-colonial movements.   Playing one native tribe against another was a strategy that worked at the start of the Reconquesta in Spain, with the arrival of Cortez in the Americas, the Belgians and French in Africa and the colonial powers in Asia.  But the use of a religious movement associated with regional aspirations and traditions had not been typical until the success of the Communists in Russia.  
   THe Allied invasion of the young Soviet Union in 1918 included the participation of 14 nations with America and Britain in the Baltic region and the White Russians under British and French aid in  Ukraine was a turning point. Even Canadian and Japanese troops were involved. The failure of the Russian people to rise up against the Soviet leadership and the revolutionary parties was a shock.  Some new means of undermining the socialist and communist threat had to be found, especially as the Great Depression hit.  As the Second World War wore on it become evident that the communist menace was winning and the West falling prey.  China's collapse to the communist side sparked the introduction of desperate measures as in the threat of use of the atomic bomb against China in Korea and biological and chemical warfare.  

   Religion as a Means of War

     In the 1950s at the height of the Cold War anthropologist E.T. Hall experienced the flood of dogmatic Christian recruits into the American organs of foreign policy under the State Department and CIA.  He writes about the purge of supposedly "open minded" but suspect thinkers from government.  In his case, this meant the anthropologists.  From the beginning of the Cold War America began a campaign to use religion as a weapon against communism.  Whether in Central and Southern America or Asia and Africa, or the Soviet Block, the broadcasts of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty (American Committee for the Liberation of the Peoples of Russia) were part of a program to use religion as a weapon against communism to promote Christianity against "godless communism."  (See  T. Jeremy Gunn's article, "God a Spiritual or Political Weapon?" in The Washington Post, 2010.

    In the period after 9/11 this process has reoriented so that now we have radical Christian sects in the military directing American military officers that America is at war with Islam (see article in the National Post by Pauline Jelinek and Robert Burns, Associated Press  (12/05/11) at  So our history of the "war on terror" is really a result of our war against communism, a self created crisis that has resulted in the last 30 years of war in Iraq and lately a decade in Afghanistan.  There is no end in sight.

Originally posted to niccolo caldararo on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 09:45 AM PDT.

Also republished by History for Kossacks and Street Prophets .

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  •  Interesting. (1+ / 0-)
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  •  So the answer to "godless communism" became... (2+ / 0-)
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    FG, SchuyH

    ...a Christian America which begat the Dominionist theocratic movement of late.

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 10:09:55 AM PDT

    •  tis why they are so obsessed over the Taliban (2+ / 0-)
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      which is no threat to the US and over Sharia Law, which they would actually like to see enacted because it parallels their "biblical law".  They just have not read some of the versions of Sharia to realize what it actually mandates. They obsess over the Taliban because they are the mirror image of our militant fundamentalists

      •  Ithink (2+ / 0-)
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        that the more you read of the Soviet - Afghan war and the players on the Pakistani side we were supporting you find that the Taliban are embedded in US intelligence and if our military wants to get rid of them it is only because the have gone rogue which I do not think is true.  They are a good excuse to keep our military suppliers in business and they are also a constant threat to anyone who might try and horn in on "our" Afghan government.

    •  You (2+ / 0-)
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      might very will put it that way.

  •  How Soon We Forget (4+ / 0-)
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    People forget (or perhaps never realize) that religion was our species' first and strongest form of government/politics.

    It tied a tribe together and insured compliance.  Later, it tied multiple tribes together or served as justification in bringing war against another.

    Our nation's experiment with separating church and state has fogged our memories.  But religion remains the ULTIMATE POLITICS.

    To me, the reason that movements like dominionism and radical islam are so scary is because they drive unquestioning devotion to any damn thing their leaders say.  Progress is made by questioning, reasoning, experimenting.  Such mindless devotion will drag us down and back.  Scary Shit.

  •  I dislike any form of "fundamentalism" (1+ / 0-)
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    which always turns out to be not a belief in some "truth" but ideological adherence to  rules elevated to unquestioned doctrine.

    "There ain't no sanity clause." Chico Marx

    by DJ Rix on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 11:18:28 AM PDT

  •  Eisenhower doctrine, a powerful curse on us (1+ / 0-)
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    that most folks blithely ignore when looking at his place in history.

    That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

    by enhydra lutris on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 12:14:10 PM PDT

  •  I have a lot of fun pointing out to paleocons (1+ / 0-)
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    that there isn't much real difference between conservative Christianity and Communism.  I get a lot of upset and angry insistence that the God of Christianity is much more real and moral, but after that assertion their argument disintegrates pretty fast.

    I don't get real answers out of them why Christianity is going to outlast Communism by more than a few generations.  It just is, apparently.

  •  I don't think so... (0+ / 0-)
    The USA and its European allies set up secular dictators like the Shah and Saddam Hussein from Indonesia to Morocco.
    No. the Soviet Union put the Second Palhavi Shah in Power before the US was forced into WW2. Saddam was installed by Saddam after he forced his uncle, who installed himself without aid from anyone outside Iraq, to retire. Suharto took over without the aid or comfort of the US or Europe (we didn't know about it) Morocco's monarchy wasn't set up by the US or France. The Dynasty predated the French occupation.


    •  Dubious (1+ / 0-)
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      history here.  According to Leiden and Schmitt, THe Politics of Violence, 1968 and Karen Armstrong's Battle for God, Both British and Russian troops invaded Iran during WWI.  The Russians collapsed and in the fighting that led to a White Russian victory over the Makhnovist anarchist forces (see Arshinov, History of the Makhnovist Movement: 1918-1921), the British gained the upper hand before the Russians could reasert themselves.  The Soviets occupied northern parts of Iran and threatened to attack Tehran, the British had occupied the south and reinforced a Iranian named  Reza Khan.  He was supported by British troops countering the Soviets as Britain feared a Russian penetration.  A treaty was signed in 1919 with the Russians for an "independent" Iran and the Russians (now Soviets) removed all troops in 1921 (Ansari, Ali M. Modern Iran since 1921 (Longman, 2003).  The British and Soviets both invaded in 1941 to oust Reza after he started supporting Hitler.  I can supply actual facts for the other assertions you have made that are in error.

      •  You are being generous with "Dubious"... (0+ / 0-)

        ...the commenter is dead wrong about Iran.

        Also very wrong about Suharto. In 1965, the U.S., through its  embassy in Jakarta and the CIA, handed over lists of thousands of names of members of the legal communist party and crossed them off once Suharto's minions had killed them. All told at least a million Indonesians were killed in the coup and slaughter that followed.

        Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

        by Meteor Blades on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 03:11:03 PM PDT

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  •  Woo Hoo1!!!!! (0+ / 0-)
    The failure of the Russian people to rise up against the Soviet leadership and the revolutionary parties was a shock.
    Okay, let's talk about the Russian Civil war of 1917-22 for a minute. It went on for years, and literally millions of people were killed during it. The foreign intervention, which took place in WWI (the Russians changed sides, remember) didn't last that long. The Whites lost, but the people rose up alright.
    •  I said (0+ / 0-)

      in the context of the post, that the Allies were "shocked."  And as for the Russian people "rising us," read Arshinov's History of the Makhovist Movement, 1918-1921 or Volines book on the revolution.

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