|The Storm and The Rainbow||
A Reformasi Diary by Sabri Zain
|The Great Leader
April 20th, 1999
No one, not even his closest rivals or even his bitterest enemies, will deny that the Great Leader has earned his place in the history books.
Under The Great Leader, the country grew strong and proud. It became an economic powerhouse, with buildings that marveled the world and industries that brought goods to every corner of the world. The Great Leader built superhighways, among the best in the world, that spanned the width and breadth of the country. The Great Leader built magnificent stadiums that hosted world-class events and brought athletes competing from across the globe. The Great Leader helped create the countryís first national car, the peopleís car, the pride of the nation and a symbol that the Great Country had earned its place among the advanced nations of the world.
Indeed, there was nothing the Great Country could not do. And there was nothing the Great Leader could do wrong, for he was the symbol of the nationís virtue, strength and greatness, for he was the nation and the nation was he. The Great Leader gave the people a pride once more in the Great Country.
But such pride came with a terrible price.
For in his quest for greatness, the Great Leader and the Great Country lost their way. Greatness that provided the people with abundance left their souls in want. Greed poisoned menís souls, muting them to servile submission and blinding them to ruthless cruelty.
The rot set in and the Great Leader gradually dismantled, piece by piece, day by day, the basic principles of justice, freedom and democracy, and replaced it with a system that owed allegiance to the Great Leader and the Great Leader alone. And the Great Leader seduced the people and held complete power.
All forms of democratic opposition and dissent were swept away. They used the secret terror police to shame, suppress, blackmail and terrorise all criticism of the Great Leader. They vilified or banned books or newspapers they disliked. They bred a contempt for democracy, a hatred for free expression and they scorned independent thought. And they bred a rabid devotion to the Great Country and a blind loyalty to the Great Leader.
And they built a propaganda monster that swallowed whole the independent media and threw up endless images of the greatness and power and success of the Great Country, and the greatness and power and wisdom of the Great Leader.
And the Great Leader screamed and shouted that the Great Enemy was all around the Great Country and inside the Great Country. And the Great Enemy wanted nothing less than the complete destruction the greatness of the Great Country and the Great Leader. And the Great Enemy was the West, the Jews, the dissidents. Beware the Great Enemy, for he is the enemy of the Great Leader! Fight the Great Enemy, for he is inside and outside the Great Country!
And the Great Leader made the good judges weak and the good laws impotent, the bad judges strong and the evil laws stronger. And around the Great Leader gathered sycophants, flunkies and toadies - men without courage, men without conscience - but full of praise, awe and loyalty to none but the Great Leader. And the rich and the greedy gathered around the Great Leader and praised his strength and lauded his wisdom as their snouts plunged into the ever-flowing trough of prosperity.
And dissent does not flourish on prosperity. And the Great Leader appealed to the peopleís baser instincts - unsatiable greed, arrogant pride - and he used their weakness, their fears, their insecurities. And he was successful only because the people were willing to be used, willing to be led. And they gazed at the superhighways, and the magnificent stadiums and the towering monuments as they tried to close their ears to the cries from the prisons and the shouts from the streets.
But there was a testing time for the Great Leader when his Second-in-Command dared to question and dared to want to lead. And the sycophants, flunkies and toadies shamed and vilified that Second-in-Command - he was a homosexual, a traitor, a spy, he was the Great Enemy! And the Great Leader destroyed him, and destroyed his followers. And this was the beginning of the end for the Great Leader, for a kind of madness set in, for the Great Leader believed there was none greater than him, there was nothing the Great Country could not do and there was nothing the Great Leader could do wrong. And this madness made the Great Leader commit more acts of madness and he drove his Great Country into the ultimate madness.
And the Great Leader of Germany, Adolf Hitler, plunged himself and his country to utter destruction and oblivion.
And that is how the history books shall always remember that Great Leader.
On this day, 110 years ago, Adolf Hitler was born. He seized power in 1933 and began a massive programme of public works to boost Germany's crippled economy and boost his nation's pride - the construction of the Autobahnen superhighways; the People's Car, the Volkswagen; the magnificent stadiums for the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.
But, supported by the countryís rich industrialists, he also turned his country into a ruthless, aggressive totalitarian state. Using his secret police, the Gestapo, he terrorised and imprisoned all voices of dissent, and eliminated all opposition outside and within the Nazi Party. He seized complete control of the mainstream media, closing independent newspapers and burning books that were ant-Nazi. He eventually passed a law, the Enabling Act, that allowed laws to be made without the approval of Parliament and made the judiciary virtually powerless.
Hitler then suspected that his SA (Stormtrooper) Commander, Ernst Rohm, was plotting his downfall - his main source of this information being the head of the SS (the SA's biggest rival) Heinrich Himmler. Himmler accused the SA leaders of being homosexuals and offered SS troops to 'liquidate' the SA. SA leaders were caught in their homes and hotel rooms and shot. Rohm, was encouraged to commit suicide. When he refused, he was shot in the head by two SS men.
Hitler blamed the Jews and the West for plotting the destruction of his country and went to war in 1939. He committed suicide in a Berlin bunker on April 30th 1945 - surrounded by Russian tanks, his body soaked in petrol and burned to ashes by his own followers.