The Legion of the Archangel Michael

I appreciate it when people grapple with their character defects. I am grateful when they have a sense of their destructive tendencies. I’m relieved when they have an accurate perception of themselves and of their tendencies.

I think the people in my life are better off because I have grappled with my moral flaws and destructive addictions. Despite this work, I still find it easier most of the time to find fault with others than to find fault with myself. I still find it much easier to think about the bad things that others have done to me than to confront the bad things I have done to others and could well do again.

In 12-Step programs, we learn to get in touch with the part of ourselves that could do the horrible things that others have done to us. In other words, we learn to develop empathy and to see our own defects of character that have influenced the ways we have felt about ourselves and influenced the way others have treated us.

Jews are generally grateful when other groups come to terms with their group defects. For instance, Jews appreciate it when Muslims condemn Muslim terror and when blacks condemn black criminality and irresponsibility and when whites own up to the dark sides of their history and when Germans agonize over the Holocaust. Yet Jews, like the rest of the human race, often do not enjoy coming to terms with the destruction that some Jews have done. For instance, the organized Jewish community has been a force in America for over 120 years pushing for more immigration even though the majority of America during that time were probably against more immigration. Every major Jewish organization in America supports immigration amnesty.

I’ve never heard Jewish organizations grapple with the fact that all of the American scientists who gave Joseph Stalin nuclear capability were Jewish. I’ve never heard any Jews agonize that the person who stole the crown jewels of American nuclear secrets and gave them to the Jewish state of Israel which then likely traded them to America’s arch-enemy, the Soviet Union, for the release of Soviet Jews was a Jewish cokehead (Jonathan Pollard).

Jews have done a lot of good in the world and a lot of harm. In America, they’ve occupied a disproportionate role in organizations that promote the interests of minorities at the expense of the majority. Depending on where you are coming from, this is a good or a bad thing.

I find it interesting to put myself in the place of other peoples, such as blacks, Nazis, Muslims, goyim, Orthodox Jews from birth, white nationalists, and the like. I find it interesting to imagine myself in the shoes of some of the big enemies of the Jews and to try to see the world as they have seen it, to understand that they love their group as much as I love Jews, and to figure out how Jews may have hurt or hindered or helped their group and perhaps how the behaviors of real life Jews may have played a role in the persecution of Jews.

I think it is good for Jews, and for all groups, to understand how their actions affect other people. Jews played a major role in the development of communism, for instance, and played a big role as Stalin’s willing executioners of various genocides. Not only did approximately six million Jews die in the Holocaust, but approximately six million Ukrainians were deliberately starved to death by Stalin with help from some Jews such as Lazar Kaganovich (the biggest Jewish mass murderer in history).

You might wonder how a Jew could get in touch with a part of himself that might understand genocide. Well, think about Purim. Jews celebrate a story that culminates in Jews murdering 75,000 of their enemies. Think about how the God of the Torah commanded the Hebrews to commit genocide against the native inhabitants of Canaan. Think about how great the world would be if all the enemies of the Jews disappeared. Think about how the average Jewish Israeli wishes all Palestinians would disappeared. Think about how awesome it would be if Iran disappeared. It’s not that hard to get in touch with the genocide in your heart and therefore to understand how other groups want their enemies to similarly vanish.

Every group has a victimology and every victimology has a nationalism and every nationalism has the capacity for genocide.

Accurate criticism helps individuals and groups to behave better and to analyze life more intelligently.

Jews and Romanians, for instance, have a particularly rotten history. I’m not sure there was any country in Europe where Jews and goyim hated each other more (perhaps only Poland).

Romanian nationalist Corneliu Zelea Codreanu led a movement that was largely spiritual but had enormous real-world impact.

According to Wikipedia:

Corneliu Zelea Codreanu was a Romanian politician of the far right, the founder and charismatic leader of the Iron Guard or The Legion of the Archangel Michael (also known as the Legionary Movement), an ultra-nationalist and violently antisemitic organization active throughout most of the interwar period. Generally seen as the main variety of local fascism, and noted for its mystical and Romanian Orthodox-inspired revolutionary message, it grew into an important actor on the Romanian political stage, coming into conflict with the political establishment and the democratic forces, and often resorting to terrorism. The Legionaries traditionally referred to Codreanu as Căpitanul (“The Captain”), and he held absolute authority over the organization until his death.

…Codreanu learned antisemitism from his father, but connected it with anticommunism, in the belief that Jews were, among other things, the primordial agents of the Soviet Union…

Cuza was preaching that the Jewish population was a manifest threat to Romanians, claimed that Jews were threatening the purity of Romanian young women, and began campaigning in favor of racial segregation.

… Throughout its existence, the Legion maintained strong links with members of the Romanian Orthodox clergy,[45] and its members fused politics with an original interpretation of Romanian Orthodox messages — including claims that the Romanian kin was expecting its national salvation, in a religious sense.

…Corneliu Zelea Codreanu explained early on: “The country is dying for lack of men and not for lack of political programs.”[52] Elsewhere, he pointed out that the Legion was interested in the creation of a “new man” (omul nou).[53]

Despite its apparent lack of political messages, the movement was immediately noted for its antisemitism, for arguing that Romania was faced with a “Jewish Question” and for proclaiming that a Jewish presence throve on uncouthness and pornography.[54] The Legionary leader wrote: “The historical mission of our generation is the resolution of the kike problem. All of our battles of the past 15 years have had this purpose, all of our life’s efforts from now on will have this purpose.”[55] He accused the Jews in general of attempting to destroy what he claimed was a direct link between Romania and God, and the Legion campaigned in favor of the notion that there was no actual connection between the Old Testament Hebrews and the modern Jews.[56] In one instance, making a reference to the origin of the Romanians, Codreanu stated that Jews were corrupting the “Roman-Dacian structure of our people.”[57]

He began openly calling for the destruction of Jews,[58][59] and, as early as 1927, the new movement organized the sacking and burning of a synagogue in the city of Oradea.[60] It thus profited from an exceptional popularity of antisemitism in Romanian society: according to one analysis, Romania was, with the exception of Poland, the most antisemitic country in Eastern Europe.[61]

Corneliu Zelea Codreanu sounds like many other charismatic nationalists, such as Ze’ev Jabotinsky — the developer of a powerful combination of religion and nationalism fused to a particular people and a particular land.

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