Disclaimer: I do not believe the U.S. has yet become a fascist dictatorship. What, then, i
Disclaimer: I do not believe the U.S. has yet become a fascist
What, then, is the historical context of Chief Daryl
Gates' call for the elimination of all casual users of drugs on
the basis of national treason? He has recently suggested that
all such citizens be shot. Gates was subsequently said by
President Bush to be a model police chief.
The number of one-time or more users of illegal drugs has
been placed at 40,000,000 to 60,000,000 people. Clearly, Chief
Gates is unaware of the social environment in which he has made
his remark. The NSDAP attempted such a program in 1941, once the
government had established that it was illegal to be a Jew, and
eventually found it to be unworkable. With the dedication of
considerable manpower and time, the Einsatzgruppen supported by
the Order Police and army units were able to liquidate only
around 100,000 Jews per month. Simple math shows that, if we
adopt a median value of 50,000,000 users for the purpose of this
calculation, it would take a similar organizational effort
approximately 500 months or 41.66 years to bury the existing
Several difficulties arose from simply shooting and burying
the victims. Raul Hilberg tells a story in his book _The
Destruction of the European Jews_ of the time in mid-August,
1941, when Himmler viewed the murder of 100 victims in Minsk.
After the shooting, the following conversation occurred between
Himmler and Obergruppenfuhrer von dem Bach-Zelewski:
``Reichsfuhrer, those were only a hundred.
What do you mean by that?
Look at the eyes of the men in this Kommando, how deeply
shaken they are! These men are finished for the rest of their
lives. What kind of followers are we training here? Either
neurotics or savages!''
If Chief Gates had any awareness of history he would
realize the impracticality of his plan. The Germans realized
that the mobile killing operations were too inefficient and
Himmler settled on the well known "killing center" operations in
which the victims were transported to fixed centers and gassed.
In these operations, the rate of killing was only limited by the
number of centers. Hilberg's statistics show that the centers
were able to kill in excess of 100,000 per month per center. To
obtain this number I have lumped the minor centers together as
The pace of the killing was limited by the number of
corpses that could be disposed of in a day. Hilberg places the
theoretical capacity of the four Birkenau crematoria at 4,400+
per day, however the practical limit was always somewhat less.
Burial of the corpses proved impractical. Before the crematoria
were built the bodies were buried in mass graves. ``A survivor
reports that in the summer of 1942 the corpses swelled, and a
'black, evil-smelling mass oozed out and polluted the groundwater
in the vicinity.' By October the decomposing bodies, covered
with maggots, had to be disinterred for burning in pits.''
How close are we in America to the realization of Gates'
dream? Hilberg notes three organic steps to such a process.
``A destruction process has an inherent pattern. There is
only one way in which a scattered group can effectively
be destroyed. Three steps are organic in the operation:
Concentration (or seizure)
There are additional steps in a modern destructive
undertaking. These measures are required not for the
annihilation of the victim but for the preservation of
Dismissals of employees and expropriation of business firms
Exploitation of labor and starvation measures
Confiscation of personal effects''
The first item has already been accomplished by the
development of drug tests. The U.S. government can already
identify a drug user with far better accuracy than the NSDAP
could ever identify a Jew.
The second item is already well under way. Many
employers, particularly those with government contracts, are
using drug tests to identify and dismiss the 'traitorous
criminals'. Congress has already provided for the expropriation
of businesses and belongings.
The third and fourth items have been, at least in part,
proposed by the Gingrich bill. The bill, which failed in
Congress last year, provided for the concentration and
exploitation of drug users in tent camps as well as other
enabling measures. It should be mentioned that, with our
burgeoning prison population consisting of a large percentage of
drug 'traitors', the process of concentration is already well begun.
The fifth item has been proposed by President Bush's
model police chief Daryl Gates (although as shown above with
insufficient historical knowledge).
As for the sixth item you may refer to the remarks on the
second item. Note the recent expropriation of three fraternity
houses on the campus of the University of Virginia. It is now well
established law that such items as automobiles and houses may be
confiscated. Little effort will be required to seize personal
belongings, particularly when the victim has little further use
It is interesting to note the similarity in the
rationalizations used by the Germans to suppress the Jews to
those used by the U.S. government to suppress casual drug use.
Hitler felt the Jews must be disposed of since they could never
become integrated in his new order. They were defined as
criminal and parasitic. Much the same declarations are made by
the Americans with regard to casual drug users. Gates has called
them traitors for presumably damaging the economy or whatever as
Hitler called the Jews traitors for presumably helping to lose
World War I.
How close are we to Daryl Gates' dream? I would place
the U.S. legal structure at about half the way there. People
like LAPD Chief Daryl Gates are already there and waiting.
NOTE: All quotations are taken from _The Destruction of the
European Jews_ by Raul Hilberg, 1985, Holmes & Meier, NY.,
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