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Steve Halle
Ironically, the greatest threat to American freedom in
the fifties was not the communism that was feared by
so many, but the spread of irrational anticommunism
and the rise of right wingers and fascists who were
willing to suspend civil liberties and other
constitutional rights and freedoms in order to fight an
overblown communist threat. As Truman and other
critics tried to point out in the fifties, McCarthy and his
type were the best friends the Soviet Union had in
America, for they did much more to disrupt American
foreign policy and domestic tranquility than American
communists could ever hope to do. Truman was not
just engaging in political rhetoric in his often-repeated
assertion that "the greatest asset the Kremlin has is
Senator McCarthy."
Ironically, the greatest threat to American freedom in
the early 21 st century is not the terrorism that is feared
by so many, but the spread of irrational antiterrorism
and the rise of right wingers and fascists who are
willing to suspend civil liberties and other constitutional
rights and freedoms in order to fight an overblown
terrorist threat. As critics like John Murtha try to point
out, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Rice are the best
friends terrorists have in America, for they do much
more to disrupt American foreign policy and domestic
tranquility than terrorists could ever hope to
do. Murtha and others are not just engaging in political
rhetoric in the often-repeated assertion that the
greatest asset the
terrorists have is in the White House.