It is critical for an authoritarian regime to find a devil upon which to throw blame when things go wrong. Hitler said that if the Jews had not existed I would have had to invent them.

It is important that such hate groups as supported by Trump’s number on advisor, Steve Bannon, take a relatively weak group and present it as an existential threat. The Jews within the Third Reich numbered around only a half million and they were distinctly different from the typical German, a perfectly venerable foil.

In the US the number of Blacks, Hispanics and Asians are too numerous to persecute as the enemy, but Muslims are just right. Besides Muslims are already see by many as an external threat. So Trump says Muslims it is. They have got be hounded out of my “great again” country.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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