Regarding the invasion of the USSR, Churchill famously said, “If Hitler invaded hell I would make at least a favourable reference to the devil in the House of Commons.”
We’ve been playing the enemy of my enemy is my friend game for a while now. It’s how we got mixed up in Afghanistan and Iraq for example. It’s why Muslim Brotherhood operatives and assorted Islamists found safe harbor in the West. Because at least they were Anti-Communist.
We allied with the Communists to beat the Nazis. And then we allied with the Islamists to beat the Communists. And what now, allying with the Nazis?
All our decisions were probably strategically necessary. Maybe we had to deal with Stalin to keep Western Europe free, even if that meant losing Eastern Europe. Did we really have to sign on with the Ayatollah Khomeini and the Mujaheddin to beat the Soviet Union? In retrospect, probably not. We didn’t really gain anything from the Green Belt strategy and the Islamization of the West may end up destroying us.
And now? Well that’s the question.
There are a lot of things that brought this on. The EDL situation. Golden Dawn. The descent of the Islam vs. Europe blog into Neo-Nazi rants.
But it’s a lot more than that. It’s a necessary dialogue about how we can fight evil and still keep our souls. How we can fight evil without becoming evil.
EDL’s leaders apparently couldn’t cope with the presence of some Nazis within the organization and decided to leave. That may or may not have been the wrong choice. I’m not on the scene. To me the EDL looked like a promising organization, but I did see the BNP dissolve back to the same idiotic habits of the far right, after a promising start, and take their support down with it. I don’t think the EDL is going down that road, but there are certainly people who would like to take it down that road.
In Europe, the line is often thinner than it is in the United States. The left likes to depict any patriotic or nationalistic group as Nazis. And actual Nazis like to sneak into those groups. And there’s a middle line. People who are capable of swinging one way or another. Who start going, “Well, maybe Hitler had a point.” and “What we need is another Thousand Year Reich.”
Breivik exemplifies the kind of loose figure who seizes on random ideas from the Counterjihad in pursuit of an entirely different agenda. Breivik wasn’t really against Islam, he occasionally spoke of allying with it. What he had were bizarre Hitlerian dreams of taking over Europe and killing anyone he didn’t like.
There are Breiviks who are drawn in. Men who don’t oppose Islamization because they value freedom, but who use Islamization as a convenient rallying cry for their equally horrifying plans for slave lands and mass murder.
They’re not necessarily Nazis. They may not have even read Mein Kampf. But their thinking is very much along those same lines. Take over, kill everyone and build a totalitarian utopia.
They’re not likely to succeed or even get close, but their very presence destroys the contrast that makes the Counterjihad work. If the Counterjihad isn’t for a free society, but something that is borderline indistinguishable from the visions of a Qaradawi or a Tariq Ramadan, except without the Islam part, then it stops being a grand struggle and becomes a choice of evils.
Hitler and Stalin had more in common with each other than they did with any of their victims. Breivik had more in common with Jihadists. And he knew it so well that he thought about working for them.
The enemies of a free society where people can think for themselves and live their own lives have more in common with each other than they do with us. And they are bound to turn on us.
And their presence also lulls us into forgetting what they are. The alliance with the USSR made it difficult for many people to shift gears and understand that Communism and Stalin were still evil. The alliance with the Islamists has made that shift difficult even to this day. What we forget is that when we ally with evil… we take that evil into ourselves. And we lose the sensitivity to evil that we once had. It stops seeming evil.
I don’t have any easy answers to offer. Everyone will make their own decisions. That’s the essence of a free society. But I have to wonder how long we can keep allying with one evil against another only to then have to fight the evil that we allied with.
Is there a way to break the cycle?
I don’t know if there are any answers, but maybe it’s a conversation worth having.