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Is History Repeating Itself as the Left Sows Discord?

Is History Repeating Itself as the Left Sows Discord?
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By    |   Tuesday, 17 July 2018 11:34 AM

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” was written by the philosopher George Santayana in “The Life of Reason: Reason in Common Sense.”

In his 1955 treatise “One Hundred Fifty Questions to a Guerrilla,” Che Guevara’s mentor Alberto Bayo teaches “… form brigades of propagandists of our revolutionary ideas to carry out meetings in plazas and other places...echo all sorts of rumors and fibs to discredit the most prominent figures … including presidents elected in a referendum, and we 'improve' these rumors…start booing the police, manifesting indignation… If there is opportunity and impunity they must boo the most prominent figures … encouraging revolt so as to form a massive clamor, howling and wild. …keep the opponent surrounded by comrades… and try to out-yell him and out-act him.”

He reasons, “The idea is to cause methodically the greatest disorder possible.”

Previous historical events witnessed these principles to “obstruct and resist,” inflame rumors, and create violence used to successfully oust legitimately elected governments.

For the 1917 Russian elections, David Shub, relates in “Lenin” (1948) “in a total vote of 41,686,000, the Bolsheviks received only 9,844,000 — less than 25 per cent of the electorate. The Socialist Revolutionaries received 17,490,000.”

Eugene Lyons provides the reaction of the Bolsheviks at the 1918 Russian Constituent Assembly in Workers’ Paradise Lost: Fifty Years of Soviet Communism: A Balance Sheet” (1967): “That morning massive columns of unarmed workers and peasants marched toward the center of the city with banners hailing the parliament and proclaiming their faith in democracy. ...when the procession approached Tauride Palace, its path was blocked by the sharpshooters, who opened fire without warning.”

“… they found the galleries and the aisles filled by noisy, drunken, jeering crowds-admission tickets had been issued solely by Lenin's soldiers.”

“The 'guests' shouted down the delegates, intruded on the platform, and subsided only when Bolsheviks rose to speak. Others had to struggle against a raucous, whistling, foul-mouthed mob. Lenin lolled on the stairs leading to the platform, sneering and jeering and egging on his unruly bully boys.”

“The first and last genuine expression of the people's will after the revolution was suppressed in cynicism and violence. …returning to the Tauride Palace the next day, found its doors locked and sealed.”

In “Mafia Allies” by Tim Newark, we are told The Fascists “were soundly defeated by the Socialists.”

“The Fascists failed to win any seats at all.”

“It was a humiliating failure for Mussolini, but he would not give up his campaign.”

He also Quotes Mussolini: “In some contingencies violence had a deep moral significance. It was necessary to make our way by violence…”

“Mussolini’s response was immediate. … He [introduced] a series of laws … Among these was the abolition of the independent press.”

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum relates events after the Nazi party was defeated in the 1932 elections.

“On February 27, 1933, the German parliament (Reichstag) building burned down due to arson. The government falsely portrayed the fire as part of a Communist effort to overthrow the state.”

“… Justified on the false premise that the Communists were planning an uprising to overthrow the state, the Reichstag Fire Decree permitted the regime to arrest and incarcerate political opponents without specific charge, dissolve political organizations, and to suppress publications. It also gave the central government the authority to overrule state and local laws and overthrow state and local governments;” and laid the path for Hitler to seize control.

Do these historical examples portend continued parallel activity as our current politics are being played out?

In the New York Times article, Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns quote Martin O’Malley, a former Maryland governor who “said the party base plainly wanted leaders who would be ‘willing to fight the fight and where necessary filibuster and otherwise obstruct.’”

Have some radicals taken the next step in Bayo’s treatise to “keep the opponent surrounded by comrades?”

Ray Miller, writing for USA Today, tells us a “group of protesters interrupted Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen's dinner at a Mexican restaurant in Washington, D.C. …to confront Nielsen.”

While Sarah D. Wire reports for the Los Angeles Times that a sitting member of the U.S. Congress has stated: “If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them.”

Is there a radical transition into calls for violence a prelude attempting to “encouraging revolt” against the duly elected governments?

CBS reports that Homeland Security has warned employees about a Heightened Threat based on “specific and credible threats that have been levied against … DHS Employees.”

ABC reports “a senior DHS official …found a burnt and decapitated animal on his front porch.”

And Art Moore writing for World Net Weekly (WND) quotes Splinter senior writer Hamilton Nolan that “this is only the beginning,” the U.S. “had thousands of domestic bombings per year in the early 1970s.”

Are these applications of Bayo’s principles by a faction the same that history tells us characterized the Bolshevik, Fascist, and Nazi Parties to “obstruct and resist,” inflame rumors through media surrogates, and create violence evidence of a prelude to causing “methodically the greatest disorder possible” threatening our legitimately elected government?

John M. DeMaggio retired after 30 years of service as a Captain from the U.S. Naval Reserve Intelligence Program. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Forensic Science from John Jay College and a Master’s of Science from Whiting School of Engineering, Johns Hopkins University. Privately consulting in counterterrorism, forensic science, and investigations, he also conducts international counterterrorism training, having retired as a Special Agent in Charge and serving as Co-chairman, Investigative Support and Forensic Subgroup, TSWG, developing interagency counterterrorism technology. He is also an op-ed contributor for The Hill. He previously published “Mitigation of Terrorist Effects on Victims’ Motivation” in U.S. Army Counterinsurgency Center Colloquium. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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Have some radicals taken the next step in Bayo’s treatise to “keep the opponent surrounded by comrades?”
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