As the world (most of it) recoils in horror and outrage against what President Biden has accurately called Russia's ongoing war crimes and genocide in Ukraine, humanity is being taught another lesson in what happens when counties go fascist - especially large and powerful ones like Russia. This is a lesson that a previous generation learn from the atrocities of WW2 and we are all learning again now from Vladimir Putin.

But is America heading down the same road as Russia? There cannot be any question that basic concepts of freedom and liberty are under attack from an extreme right wing group known as the Republican party. The horrifying news that right wing radicals on the US Supreme Court are apparently voting to eliminate abortion rights by overturning Roe v. Wade is only one sign, See Moira Donegan in The Guardian, May 3 "Is America still a free country?" If the Supreme Court can eliminate abortion rights, what is there to stop it from ending the right to same sex marriage, or even interracial marriage?

But the trend toward fascism - the extinction of basic human rights - is not only to be found in the Supreme Court, but onso with Republican governors and legislatures in Florida and other states who are banning books form schools and libraries that contain ideas they oppose - such as LGBT rights and the truth about America's racist history. This is the moral equivalent of book-burning under the fascist regimes of the 1930's and early 1940's. This is without even mentioning the assault on free elections that Trump and his supporters have been carryin on by spreading the fascist-style Big Lie that the 2020 election was "stolen" from him.

All dictators need scapegoats - "enemies of the people" to justify their crimes against humanity. In Putin's case , the scapegoats are fictitious "Nazis" in Ukraine - a country with a democratically elected Jewish president. In America, the scapegoats are black and brown immigrants - especially those seeking asylum at the US-Mexican border. This is why Americans have to be especially concerned about policies which violate fundamental immigrant human rights, such as the right to protection against racial discrimination and the right to political asylum I refer specifically to Title 42 and "Remain in Mexico", but these are far from being the only ones.

To be continued.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law

Roger Algase