There’s a good article on Lenin’s Tomb about nazis who have signed up to the US army. I don’t know much about US neo-nazi organisations, which makes the article all the more fascinating.
Tom Metzger is one of the Godfathers of the neo-Nazi movement in the U.S. The former Grand Wizard of the KKK and the current leader of the White Aryan Resistance (W.A.R), he has seen the ebbing and flowing of the military attitude to far-right extremists over the past forty years.
â€œNow they are letting everybody in,â€ he says. â€œAll the gang-bangers, all the blacks, Mexicans, and white supremacists. I would say that 10% of army and marines â€“they are not in the Navy and Air force so much â€“ are racist extremists of some variety.â€
Erich Gliebe, the chairman of one of the most important neo-Nazi groups in the United States, the National Alliance, agrees. â€œI’ve heard the military have relaxed the regulations from a couple of members that are in there,â€ he says. â€œI think if a person wants to get into the military with just saying that they are in the National Alliance now that they can. In 2008, with the declining number of troops, I don’t think they are as picky as they used to be.â€
Hmmm… I wonder what the implication of this would be. One thing strikes me though – we don’t hear much about neo-nazi groups these days, even though they clearly exist and continue to flourish.
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