While I'm on the topic of the military, the NYTimes has another piece, which should scare the hell out of any reasonable person. Let me preface this by saying I have discussed Hate Groups in the US several times on this blog, in fact, each time I have pointed to hate groups, I have been quite clear that hate groups in our country are on the rise. So it should come as no surprise that Hate Groups are "infiltrating" our military.
A decade after the Pentagon declared a zero-tolerance policy for racist hate groups, recruiting shortfalls caused by the war in Iraq have allowed "large numbers of neo-Nazis and skinhead extremists" to infiltrate the military, according to a watchdog organization.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks racist and right-wing militia groups, estimated that the numbers could run into the thousands, citing interviews with Defense Department investigators and reports and postings on racist Web sites and magazines.
"We've got Aryan Nations graffiti in Baghdad," the group quoted a Defense Department investigator as saying in a report to be posted today on its Web site, www.splcenter.org. "That's a problem."
What do you say when one knowingly allows hate groups to remain in the military, even when an article in the groups paper lays out part of their plans:
An article in the National Alliance magazine Resistance urged skinheads to join the Army and insist on being assigned to light infantry units.
The Southern Poverty Law Center identified the author as Steven Barry, who it said was a former Special Forces officer who was the alliance's "military unit coordinator."
"Light infantry is your branch of choice because the coming race war and the ethnic cleansing to follow will be very much an infantryman's war," he wrote. "It will be house-to-house, neighborhood-by-neighborhood until your town or city is cleared and the alien races are driven into the countryside where they can be hunted down and 'cleansed.' "
He concluded: "As a professional soldier, my goal is to fill the ranks of the United States Army with skinheads. As street brawlers, you will be useless in the coming race war. As trained infantrymen, you will join the ranks of the Aryan warrior brotherhood."
hate groups are not (obviously) limited to the US. Several years ago, on the former BlueEar community, now GlobalEar, there was a discussion with Nick Ryan, who had written Homeland: Into the World of Hate, in the US it's titled, Into a World of Hate: A Journey Among the Extreme Right. I don't think just anyone can view the BlueEar disscussion as a whole, without being a member, but do peruse Nick's website, and definately take a look at his articles.
The rise of hategroups has been in the works for a while, and not just in the US. Ryan's work hould give one a better insight into the problem.