The Righteous Cloak of Evil

Evil deeds are in the eye of the outside observer
Not in the eye of the perpetrator

Aaron Beck in Prisoners of Hate

    Not only do perpetrators not see their actions as evil they often see their actions as heroic.  The following is a translation of a song that was composed for the Nazis by the Nazi Horst Wessel.

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Flag high, ranks closed,
The S.A. marches with silent solid steps.
Comrades shot by the red front and reaction
march in spirit with us in our ranks.

The street free for the brown battalions,
The street free for the Storm Troopers.
Millions, full of hope, look up at the swastika;
The day breaks for freedom and for bread.

For the last time the call will now be blown;
For the struggle now we all stand ready.
Soon will fly Hitler-flags over every street;
Slavery will last only a short time longer.

Flag high, ranks closed,
The S.A. marches with silent solid steps.
Comrades shot by the red front and reaction
march in spirit with us in our ranks.

    The Nazis who enslaved most of Europe sang about bringing freedom to the world.  The Nazis kept Leningrad under siege for 2 and a half years causing most of the inhabitants to die of cold and starvation. People starved to death in Nazi concentration camps yet the Nazi song says how "The day breaks for freedom and for bread".   For Evil to gain power it needs to deceive people into thinking that it is good.  It needs to wrap itself in a cloak of righteousness.  

    President Clinton mentioned this in his speech of August 20, 1998 explaining the U.S. attack on terrorists in Afghanistan.  He said

"Our actions were aimed at fanatics and killers who wrap murder in the cloak of righteousness"

    A lot of the power of evil people comes from the righteous cloak they wear.  Farrakhan, of the Nation of Islam preaches hatred of whites and Jews to his followers yet he wraps himself in the righteous cloak of a Moslem preacher crusading against sin and looking out for his people.  In this way he uses the good intentions of his followers to gain power over them. Most evil people have a mix of good and evil intentions, that is what makes them able to draw followers and gain power.

    Evil governments spread propaganda that makes them look good and makes their good enemies look bad.  Criminals frequently try and fool people into thinking they are good so that they can take advantage of them.  To lead effective moral lives we need to study events around us enough to see through the white cloaks that evil wears and to be sure that we are not supporting evil wrapped in a cloak of righteousness. 

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