An entry from my Bizarro World diary

by Justin Raimondo
July 22, 2015
Antiwar.com

Longtime readers of this column will recall my Bizarro World theory: the idea that the 9/11 terrorist attacks ripped a hole in the space-time continuum and pushed us into another dimension, one known – to all us fans of Superman comics – as Bizarro World. This is a place where the rules not only don’t apply – they’re exactly reversed. Water flows uphill; Stephen Hawkings is a dunce; Donald Trump is President of La Raza Unida, and Sean Hannity is a rational person.

What I call the Bizarro Effect seems to wax and wane, governed by some unknown Law of Periodic Irrationality. These days it seems particularly intense, and so I thought I’d share with you some of my diary entries, chronicling the latest tides of unreason as they hit the shore…

General Wesley Clark is doubling down on his bright idea of identifying “the people who are most likely to be radicalized” and throwing them in concentration camps. As I reported in my last column, in the wake of the Chattanooga shootings Clark told MSNBC:

“We’ve got to cut this off at the beginning. …In World War II if someone supported Nazi Germany at the expense of the United States, we didn’t say that was freedom of speech, we put him in a camp, they were prisoners of war. So, if these people are radicalized and they don’t support the United States and they are disloyal to the United States, as a matter of principle fine. It’s their right and it’s our right and obligation to segregate them from the normal community for the duration of the conflict. And I think we’re going to have to increasingly get tough on this.”

To be clear: what Gen. Clark is advocating is preventive detention. Based on what we believe someone thinks, Clark wants to arrest and detain anyone the authorities identify as being insufficiently loyal to the State – because, as Andrew Sullivan used to put it back when he was a neocon: Don’t you know there’s a war on?

Confronted by his clueless liberal fan club over at Talking Points Memo, Clark has this to say:

“Whoa, aim before you shoot, friends. It’s a sad choice, but if people choose ISIS, they should be treated as spies or enemy combatants – or both. I’m frustrated with the argument that sedition is free speech because there is a role for government to step in to prevent a dissenter from becoming an active shooter, or worse.

“Any implication that I support racial profiling or interning people based on their ethnicity or heritage is dead wrong. I’m for separating people who have made dangerous decisions from the rest of society.

“The US has the obligation to protect our own population from terrorists. And ‎if the domestic terrorist threat grows due to ISIS, we must act responsibly and promptly.”

Of course Clark doesn’t support “racial profiling” or a racist campaign to round up targeted ethnic groups and throw them in the slammer – his principle of preventive detention would be applied indiscriminately to suspected ISIS supporters and “right-wing extremists” in the Midwest. No one is safe in WesleyWorld.

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