Well, those who were anguishing that the United States was without an official enemy after the capture of Saddam Hussein (the new Adolf Hitler) can sleep well again: America has a new enemy an even newer, younger, and more dangerous Hitler! (Youll recall that this psychological phenomenon official enemy lack afflicted many federal officials, especially those in the Pentagon, after the fall of the Soviet Union.)
The newest Hitler who provides yet another justification for the invasion of Iraq and the continued occupation of that country is Muqtada al-Sadr, an Iraqi Shiite Muslim whose father was killed by the old new Hitler Saddam Hussein. According to an op-ed entitled Take a Deep Breath by New York Times columnist David Brooks , for example, Muqtada is a lowlife hoodlum, ruthless and hyperpoliticized. Even worse, Muqtada has been spectacularly successful in winning popular support, even though he is a young, hotheaded murderer who terrorizes people wherever he goes. Worst of all, he has taken this opportunity to make a desperate bid for power in Iraq! Unfortunately, Brooks forgot to refer to Muqtada as a new Hitler who, if left free to seek political power in Iraq, could ultimately take over the reins of power in that country, amass weapons of mass destruction that could threaten the United States and mankind, align himself with Iran and international terrorists, and actually take over the entire world just like Saddam Hussein and Adolf Hitler (the real one)! He must be captured or killed now, just like Saddam Hussein and his two sons! Spread the word among the troops in Iraq: The latest cause for which you are dying is to protect the American people and the Iraqi people and mankind from Muqtada al-Sadr, the newest Hitler. So, rest easy we now have a new official enemy. Increase the Pentagons budget now! Enact PATRIOT 2 now! Any delay is dangerous! Hitler must be stopped now, before it is too late! Munich-style appeasement is not the way to go! National security is at stake! Trust us! Meanwhile, the New York Times reports that people in Afghanistan, another locus of the U.S. governments war on terrorism, are making a killing producing poppies, which means that there will now be an overabundance of heroin dealers in the United States to target as new drug-dealing Hitlers. So, as David Brooks would put it, get a grip, take a deep breath, and relax there are plenty of potential new Hitlers around to keep peoples juices roiling.