Something like the fire in the German parliament building in early 1933, a fire that Nazi leaders howled about as proof that the Communists were on the march. They demanded extraordinary powers to fight this menace, and they soon got those powers. Half a year later, their coalition partners disbanded their parties and the Nazis outlawed all political parties but theirs.An op-ed in Korea’s leading independent daily newspaper, Hankyoreh, tweeted by the Wall Street Journal‘s Seoul bureau chief, Jonathan Cheng, divulged that White House National Security Council senior director for Asian Affairs, Matthew Pottinger, said, “in a recent closed-door meeting with U.S. experts on Korean Peninsula issues that a limited strike on the North “might help in the midterm elections.”
The editorial reveals that South Koreans fear that Trump, in order to save his failing presidency, will attempt a “bloody nose” strategy, unleashing a pre-emptive missile strike against North Korea’s nuclear facilities, in the wake of the U.S. president’s game of nuclear chicken with dictator, Kim Jong-Un.
Don’t Kid Yourself: Trump Wants a Terrorist Attack | HuffPost has some speculation:
The Nazis did not stop with that building fire. In the late 1930's, they were making advance after advance without firing a shot. Remilitarizing the Rhineland, annexing Austria, and taking over parts of Czechoslovakia. But Poland's leaders were more stubborn, and the Nazis staged an attack on a border outpost to "prove" that Poland was attacking them and that they had to respond. Which they did, starting World War II.But there’s another ploy at work, and Trump is chomping at the bit. All of our Facebook posts and tweets and marches and petitions and calls to Congress will be meaningless and stripped away faster than you can say “Death to Dixie Chicks” if we stand down when another terrorist attack hits the United States.
The White House is counting on that, not only to keep ’45 in office but to push for an Autocratic regime. After the suppression comes the stripping of human rights, free speech, protests, anything that can make you, not just journalists, an enemy of the people. Stalin loved Trump’s borrowed phrase, and that be should enough to terrify any United States citizen.
Americans cannot claim to be sinless here. Consider the Gulf of Tonkin attack, used as a pretext for expanding the Vietnam War, and the alleged weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. There were also once some plans to do fake Cuban terrorist attacks, to manufacture a pretext for attacking Cuba: Operation Northwoods.