"The censor believes that he can hold back the mighty traffic of life with a tin whistle and a raised right hand. For after all, it is life with which he quarrels." ~ Heywood Broun
The Hundred-to-One Rule
America's use of indiscriminate, overwhelming firepower to kill and maim 600 elderly men, and women and children of all ages in Fallujah (no photos of the mangled babies, please) in retaliation for the murder and mutilation of four American 'contractors (but do show their crispy corpses, please), is a stark example of the Hundred-to-One Rule the Gestapo made popular in its occupied territories in the Second World War.
It was a simple rule, and when it was enforced, it made the Gestapo, and all good and patriotic Germans, feel very good about their superior selves. They knew they were in control of the situation when they could round up a hundred civilians and kill them anytime a Gestapo agent was killed by the Resistance.
Gestapo agent Klaus Barbie happily enforced the Hundred-To-One Rule. He was the type of guy the American's could relate to and, after the war, US military intelligence hired him to enforce the Hundred-to-One Rule against the Communists who'd been in the French Resistance; then the CIA shuffled him off to Bolivia, where he prospered by manufacturing the quinine that was used to cut the narcotics that shot up the noses and through the veins of a million pacified Americans.
The US Marine Corps' massive war crime of the indiscriminate murder of over 600 innocent civilians in Fallujah has made terrorized, enraged Americans feel much better about themselves, too. On Easter Sunday, George W. Bush told soldiers at Fort Hood that he knew he was doing the 'right thing.'
As Hitler and the Gestapo, and Bush and the CIA know, the Hundred-to-One Rule doesn't terrorize the Resistance into submission, it merely terrorizes the into submission the civilian population in which the Resistance exists. And often, as in France and Iraq, that's good enough. Until some mythic, liberating outside force comes along, the Hundred-to-One Rule is enough to ensure control in the occupied territories, while winning popular support at home.
In this respect, America's illegal invasion and brutal occupation of Iraq is much more analogous to the Nazis' invasion and conquest of France than it is to the Vietnam War. Even the Big Lie language is similar. As Donald Rumsfeld said about the uprising in Fallujah that spread to the huge CIA detention and torture center at Abu Ghoryab: 'It's a test of will.'
Klaus Barbie had the will, and so does Rummy. G. Gordon Liddy, the certified psychopath in the Nixon regime, had the will, too: On June 13, 1971, he assembled a number of Nixon's most ardent staffers, including Robert Mardian from the Justice Department's Internal Security Division, and showed them the Nazi propaganda film, 'Triumph of the Will.' Made in the Jerry Bruckheimer manner, this boom-and-bang movie, commissioned by Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, was a visual training manual for any government that wanted to drive a 'national will' into its citizens through terror and outrage.
Having viewing "Triumph of the Will," the Nixon gang galvanized into action. National Security Advisor (and dual citizen) Henry Kissinger, having already bombed Cambodia back into the Stone Age, bombed Hanoi at Christmas to ensure a peaceful withdrawal from Vietnam. And it worked! It was the Triumph of the Will.
Don't believe me? Add it up: 50,000 Americans killed in Vietnam; but we killed (or gave the green light to kill) five million in Southeast Asia!
'Yippee-yi-O-ki-aye!' as they say in Bush country, that part of unreconstructed Texas where they still drag Negroes behind their cars, like terrorists drag Blackwater contractors in Baghdad.
Ever since Liddy showed the Nixon/Kissinger regime 'the way,' each subsequent neo-con American administration had adopted Goering methods of terrorizing the American public into a murderous frenzy in order to enforce the Hundred-to-One rule, without moral objection. On Easter Sunday, 11 April 2004, Bush said that we have to kill and maim Iraqi civilians, detain them without due process indefinitely, incommunicado in squalid prisons like Abu Ghoryab, torture them and destroy their homes, utilities and holy sites, in order to preserve our 'security' and their "freedom."
Talk about Double-Speak. Who could buy this crap?
And yet, terrorized by the propaganda they're bombarded with by the corporate media (which is heavily invested in victory in Iraq), American soldiers and citizens believe this, even after it was proven that Bush lied when he said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and was a threat to America. A big wind could have toppled Iraq after twelve years of CIA-imposed economic sanctions that drove it into poverty, disease, and degradation. But who cares? America got enraged, and enforced the Hundred-to-One Rule, and once again proved itself the Morally and Militarily Superior Force.
Four Americans dead. Six hundred Iraqi civilians dead. Amen.
Israeli President and Ace Assassin Ariel Sharon has the will, and gleefully enforces the Hundred-to-One Rule on that vanishing sub-species called the Palestinians. Like the Nazis, he calls it "collective punishment," but unlike the Nazis, he gets away with it, because the Palestinians, we are told, are z race of sub-human suicide bombers.
Oh, sorry, I forgot. That's what Hitler said about the Jews-'that they were sub-human. So there must be another reason why Israel gets to slaughter the Palestinians and grab their land. There has to be a logical reason why Sharon got to massacre all those innocent people at Sabra and Shattila and get elected president of Israel. Or why Kissinger was able to get away with engineering the bloody coup in Chile (where, afterwards, hooded CIA agents tortured thousands of Chilean Leftists in Santiago's soccer stadium), and bombing half of the people of Southeast Asia into oblivion, without having to face the equivalent of Nuremberg war crimes trials. And that reason is because . . . American and Israeli citizens have "the will."
The Germans say they don't have the will anymore, but given the chance, they'll find it. Everyone who's got the upper hand has the will. William Calley had the will at that famous cordon and search operation called the My Lai Massacre. The US Marines who massacred 600 old men, women and children in Fallujah got the will. CIA always got the will--ask the 10,000 administrative detainees at Abu Ghoryab prison.
Say it out loud, 'All God's children got the will!'