aturday November 17, 2007 06:43 EST

Rudy Giuliani’s messianic paranoia

The right-wing Federalist Society, architects of many of the most extremist Bush executive power abuses, invited only one candidate to speak at their annual event — “moderate” Rudy Giuliani. That invitation was, as The Associated Press put it, a “testament to his close ties to [Ted] Olson and other prominent members of the organization,” many of whom “are advising his campaign.” Giuliani, as he has done many times before, promptly “cited Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito and Chief Justice John Roberts as models for the judges he would appoint.”

But far more significant was Giuliani’s expressed view of what he thinks his mission will be as President. After proclaiming that “America has a special, even a divinely inspired role in the world,” Giuliani vowed:

It was this nation that saved the world from the two great tyrannies of the 20th century, Nazism and Communism. It’s this country that’s going to save civilization from Islamic terrorism.

So Islamic Terrorism is no longer merely “a threat to our freedoms.” It isn’t even just an existential threat to our country any more. It’s been upgraded rather severely in Giuliani’s mind: it’s now a threat to civilization itself. And Rudy Giuliani is running for President because he is “going to save civilization” — his words — from the Terrorists.

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