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Most people in the Western world have no trouble acknowledging that Nazism is evil. The Third Reich, one of the most heinous regimes in history, was responsible for initiating the most costly war mankind has ever known, and perpetrating the world’s most monstrous acts of genocide, by which more than 17,000,000 people were slaughtered. ()
The evil of Nazism is apparent in the main characteristics of Nazi fascism described in a variety of analyses, () all of which find close parallels with characteristics found in many Muslim countries today. Yet few today are willing to examine these parallels and recognize the evil that threatens our generation. Let’s examine some of these parallels:
1. Extreme Nationalism – In some Muslim countries, nationalist concepts are replaced by the concept of the “umma” with loyalty to Islam as the supreme value.
2. Disdain for Human Rights – All too many of today’s Muslim states are among the world’s worst violators of human rights.
3. Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause – For more than a millennium, much of the Muslim world has been inculcated into the belief that the Jew is the supreme enemy all Muslims. Both Nazis and Muslim countries have expended enormous energy and resources on this heinous endeavor — and both chose Jews as the scapegoat.
4. Supremacy of the Military – Many Muslim regimes, especially those committed to the destruction of Israel and a never-ending Jihad against the West, are either military regimes or regimes dependent upon the military for their stability and control.
5. Rampant Sexism – Many Muslim countries are brutal oppressors of women.
6. Controlled Mass Media – Censorship is the norm in many Muslim countries, including blocking access to the Internet.
7. Obsession with National Security – Obsession with Israel as an existential threat is promoted by the most tyrannical of Muslim governments. (As if 7,000,000 Israelis, 20% of whom are Muslim, actually threaten 1,400,000,000 Muslims.)
8. Religion and Government Intertwined – Islam is the embodiment of a social organization in which religion and government are one.
9. Corporate Power is Protected – In Muslim countries, not corporate but ruling religious or royal elites are protected by reliance on military and on the infiltration of loyal kinsmen into positions of power and wealth.
10. Labor Power is Suppressed – In many Muslim countries, labor has no power. In countries with unions, they are often run by the government. Interestingly, in the Arab countries in which the “Arab Spring” uprisings are succeeding, the hitherto suppressed labor unions are playing a key role. ()
11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts – In most Muslim countries, for most of Muslim history, graphic, plastic, and visual arts have been prohibited on religious grounds and intellectual pursuits must be subordinated to religious priorities.
12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment – The brutality of police and military forces in many Muslim countries is well known, as is the cruel and unusual nature of punishment for even minor crimes, especially when dealing with women.
13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption – Cronyism and kleptocracy characterize many Muslim governments today.
14. Fraudulent Elections – Elections in the Muslim world, in the few countries where there are elections, usually consist of “one man, one vote, one time” as “presidents” are elected for life.
To the above should be added the propagation of the belief in the natural superiority of the fascist-led group. Aryan superiority for Nazi Germany is paralleled by the Muslim religious belief in the superiority of Islam over all other religions. Deutschland über Alles can be aptly compared to the traditional Islamic goal of the supremacy of Islam over all the world’s religions, a supremacy best achieved by religious imperialist warfare: Jihad.
But perhaps the most frightening parallel is that both Nazis and Muslim nations have gleefully committed so much of their resources to the genocide of all whom they considered enemies. It is their undying commitment to the destruction of Israel and the genocide of its Jews that brings the Arab jihadist terrorists into the Nazi fascist camp — an observation made by Hajj Amin el-Husseini himself almost 70 years ago. ()
Post-WW2 Germany has worked for decades to expose Nazism’s unmitigated evil and to enact laws intended to prevent its resurgence. The UN, too, shortly after WW2, convened a genocide conference to create international guidelines to prevent the recurrence of such hitherto unimaginable brutality. ()
The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 9, 1948 as General Assembly Resolution 260. The Convention entered into force on January 12, 1951. Genocide became officially a crime against humanity.
Tragically, this evil was transplanted to the Arab world, primarily via Egypt, Iraq and the good graces of the Hajj Amin el-Husseini, where it was grafted onto the 1,400 year old Muslim culture of Jew-hatred and transmogrified into today’s endless, relentless, intractable Jihadist war against Israel and against Western civilization. ()
But while the evil did not die, our condemnation of it seems to have atrophied.
In the aftershock of WW2 and the Holocaust, Western morality and politics supposedly cannot accommodate genocide as a tolerable response to any grievance or provocation. Yet when Muslim leaders proclaim their genocidal intent against Jews, and then attempt to match their words with deeds, no one refers them to the UN’s 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. No one reminds them that genocide is a crime against humanity, as are conspiracy to commit genocide, incitement to genocide, and complicity in genocide. ()
And if someone dares.
David Frum, while a speechwriter for President G. W. Bush, coined the phrase “Axis of Evil” back in 2001, to identify the major terrorist-supporting states (Iran, Iraq, and Syria) that were waging a terror war against the USA. Frum’s decision to create this term grew out of his familiarity with WW2’s Axis Powers. The more Frum studied WW2, the more he saw Nazi ideologies and actions as parallel to the terrorism and jihadist ideology of modern Muslim terrorist-supporting states and their terrorist puppets. But when President Bush used “Axis of Evil” in a speech, this sobriquet quickly became the target of much parody and ridicule, some of which offered audio reproductions of the beautiful and touching lullabies sung by Muslim women in Iran and Syria to their infants; making the point that the people inhabiting these Axis of Evil countries were simple human beings no more or less evil than anyone else, and asking indirectly: what does this tell us about the man who calls them evil?
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