American Fascists: The Radical Christian Right
Over the last several decades there has been a growth in fascist ayatollahs and mullahs in the United States. Pat Robertson called for the U.S. to take out Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. He’s a “terrific danger” whose country, says Reverend Pat, is “a launching pad for communist infiltration and Islamic extremism.” Imagine that. Robertson suffered no opprobrium or penalty. And he still hosts his 700 Club TV show. So it’s cool to advocate the assassination of an elected head of state. But Pat’s small potatoes compared to the grand vision of televangelist John Hagee who says, “The United States must join Israel in a pre-emptive military strike against Iran to fulfill God’s plan for both Israel and the West a biblically prophesied end-time confrontation with Iran, which will lead to the Rapture and the Second Coming of Christ.”
Chris Hedges is an award-winning journalist who has covered wars in the Balkans, the Middle East and Central America. He writes a weekly column for Truthdig.com and is a senior fellow at The Nation Institute. He is the author of many books including Empire of Illusion, Death of the Liberal Class, The World As It Is, and Wages of Rebellion.