From an MSNBC discussion a few days ago with liberals’ favorite militarist fruitbat:
Thomas Roberts: General, a lot of people would say you reap what you sow, so how do you fix self-radicalized lone wolves domestically?
Wesley Clark: Well we’ve got to identify the people most likely to be radicalized. We’ve got to cut this off at the beginning. There are always a certain number of people who are alienated. They won’t get a job, they lost their girlfriend, their family doesn’t feel happy here and we can watch for signs of that and there are members of the community who will bring them back in and encourage them to look at their blessings here.
But I do think on a national policy level, we need to look at them and what this self-radicalization means, because we are at war with this group of terrorists. They do have an ideology. In World War 2, if someone supported Nazi Germany at the expense of the United States, well, we didn’t say that was freedom of speech, we put ’em in a camp. They were prisoners of war. So if these people are radicalized and they don’t support the United States, they’re disloyal to the United States, as a matter of principle, fine, that’s their right. It’s our right and our obligation to segregate them from the normal community for the duration of the conflict. I think we’re going to have to increasingly get tough on this, not only in the United States but our allied nations like Britain, Germany and France are going to have to look at their domestic law procedures.
Naturally, there’s lots of liberal What-The-Fucking over this, and Clark is being widely disparaged by people inclined to temper their complaints with a litany of his virtues. “The comments were shockingly out of character for Clark” wrote Maz Hussain in The Intercept.
Of course there is no imminent danger of official internment camps for thought crimes. A “progressive” talking like this merely turns up the heat a little on the frog in the kettle, while injecting as much fear into the ether as he possibly can.