Sunday, March 26, 2006

Mein Kampf, Islam and the Resurgence of Anti-Semitism

I have wondered for sometime why Hitler's "Mein Kampf" would become so popular with Muslims of all walks of life from the liberal to the extreme. As anti-semitism rises across nations and accusations of passive and aggressive "Zionism" is used to explain every foreign policy issue from both the Middle East as well as European and American elitists, I have become determined to review more completely and analytically what messages Hitler's "Mein Kampf" holds for modern anti-semitists. I think it is also imperative to review the language and attitude of those who are obvious anti-semites as well as those who claim to not be anti-semitic but simply anti-Zionist.

In my youth, along with treatise by Marx, Locke, Paine, etc, I had read excerpts of Hitler's book, but never made a thorough study of it, though World War II, militarily and politically, is one of my favorite periods to read and study on. I think I inherently shied away from reading this book perceiving it to be a work of evil, which surely Hitler personified in his egomaniacal demand for perfection or destruction. As with my recent reading of Zawaheeri's "Knights Under the Prophet's Banner", reading "Mein Kampf" reminds you that the writer is not stupid nor insane (at least, not in the accepted idea of insanity meaning a defect in the brain leading to the person's inability understand right or wrong).

The first thing to note is the language of Mein Kampf, which punctuated with numerous descriptive phrases, appearing similar in floridity to modern Arabist and Muslim writers. This must make it easier to read, comprehend and regurgitate within the psyche of these modern readers as it reflects or is reflected in popular modern treatise.

Secondly, because the writing follows a logical progression and brings the reader along with Hitler in his own ideological progression, it does not appear to be the ravings of a madman, but an intelligent well thought out position.

Third, because I am reading chapter three in which he describes his Vienna period and begins his discussion of his anti-Semitic emergence, it is not enough to simply say that Hitler hated the Jews and the Muslims (of all professed conditions of the faith from "liberal" to "extreme") hate the Jews thus their shared hatred's make them the same. It is, in fact, exact language, rhetoric, descriptions and values which match, without any separation I can find to date, both modern and Qu'ranic Arab/Muslim writings/rhetoric and Mein Kampf.

In particularly, beyond the idea that a Jewish minority controls government and economics, the exact idea that Zionism is evil and that every Jew is a Zionist at heart and works towards the Zionist dream of establishing a Jewish state across the entirity of the Arab lands.

Among them there was a great movement, quite extensive in Vienna, which came out sharply in confirmation of the national character of the Jews: this was the Zionists.

It looked to be sure, as though only a part of the Jews approved this viewpoint, while the great majority condemned and inwardly rejected such a formulation. But when examined more closely, this appearance dissolved itself into an unsavory vapor of pretexts advanced for mere reasons of expedience, not to say lies. For the so-called liberal Jews did not reject the Zionists as non-Jews, but only as Jews with an impractical, perhaps even dangerous, way of publicly avowing their Jewishness.
Intrinsically they remained unalterably of one piece.

In a short time this apparent struggle between Zionistic and liberal Jews disgusted me; for it was false through and through, founded on lies and scarcely in keeping with the moral elevation and purity always claimed by this people.

This cannot be taken totally out of context nor be considered an "out of the blue" anger. In fact, as earlier noted, he leads the reader through his progression from being fairly unaware of the existence of Jews, to believing they are simply another part of the "volk" to his uncomfortability with anti-semitism in certain press and conversations to finally "understanding" the "Jewish question" after reading "scientific" pamphlets and books that did not mirror the hysterical meanderings of most anti-Semitics.

Once, as I was strolling through the Inner City, I suddenly encountered an apparition in a black caftan and black hair locks. Is this a Jew? was my first thought.
For, to be sure, they had not looked like that in Linz. I observed the man furtively and cautiously, but the longer I stared at this foreign face, scrutinizing feature for feature, the more my first question assumed a new form:
Is this a German?

As always in such cases, I now began to try to relieve my doubts by books. For a few hellers I bought the first antiSemitic pamphlets of my life. Unfortunately, they all proceeded from the supposition that in principle the reader knew or even understood the Jewish question to a certain degree. Besides, the tone for the most part was such that doubts again arose in me, due in part to the dull and amazingly unscientific arguments favoring the thesis.

I relapsed for weeks at a time, once even for months.

The whole thing seemed to me so monstrous, the accusations so boundless, that, tormented by the fear of doing injustice, I again became anxious and uncertain.
Yet I could no longer very well doubt that the objects of my study were not Germans of a special religion, but a people in themselves; for since I had begun to concern myself with this question and to take cognizance of the Jews, Vienna appeared to me in a different light than before. Wherever I went, I began to see Jews, and the more I saw, the more sharply they became distinguished in my eyes from the rest of humanity. Particularly the Inner City and the districts north of the Danube Canal swarmed with a people which even outwardly had lost all resemblance to Germans.

These "logical", "theoretical" books and "educated thinkers" were able to persuede Hitler to change his mind about the Jew. It is this same logical progression which has been used to convince "moderate" Muslims as well as anti-Israeli xenophobes to accept the overweening, hyperbolic, conspiratorial evinces of their leaders, media and intelligensia; accepting that anti-Zionism does not constitute "intolerance" of Jews. Hitler though, is not so recalcitrant as he willingly admits to his anti-Semitism encompassing the entire "race". Of course, he did not live in a world post holocaust when anti-Semitism must be couched in such away as to express it but avoid being labeled "intolerant" since it may well damage any credibility of that person in front of other Liberals who continue to evince such concepts as a facade to void being labeled "intolerant" as well, surely a death nell in modern "Liberal" society that includes, among other things, many "anti-Zionist" Jews. In which case it is currently expressed as "anti-Zionist" or "anti-neo-con" and is clearly anti-Semitic regardless of it's attempts to pretend otherwise.

Other language is clearly repetitive in it's ideas that Jews are "unclean" and the purveyors of every disgusting evil on humanity from prostitution to pornography to "white slavery" as well as being hygenically "unclean".

One would not be surprised at all to find entire speeches or sections of speeches and this book to have been plagiarised by modern "thinkers" in the Middle East. The only difference is that Hitler looked for justification in science and theory while Muslims seek justification in the writings of Mohammed.

There are other ideas, outside of "Zionism", which Hitler espouses that resonate within the modern European/American intelligensia and Middle Eastern theological prescience.

As I delved more deeply into the teachings of Marxism and thus in tranquil clarity submitted the deeds of the Jewish people to contemplation, Fate itself gave me its answer.

The Jewish doctrine of Marxism rejects the aristocratic principle of Nature and replaces the eternal privilege of power and strength by the mass of numbers and their dead weight. Thus it denies the value of personality in man, contests the significance of nationality and race, and thereby withdraws from humanity the premise of its existence and its culture. As a foundation of the universe, this doctrine would bring about the end of any order intellectually conceivable to man. And as, in this greatest of ail recognizable organisms, the result of an application of such a law could only be chaos, on earth it could only be destruction for the inhabitants of this planet.

If, with the help of his Marxist creed, the Jew is victorious over the other peoples of the world, his crown will be the funeral wreath of humanity and this planet will, as it did thousands l of years ago, move through the ether devoid of men.
Eternal Nature inexorably avenges the infringement of her commands.

Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord.

Stay tuned for the next installment.


Asher Abrams said...

Kat, great post! Looking forward to the next installment.

Tom said...

Glad to see you're back, Kat. I'll have to go back through your last few posts.

But to the point, yes, anti-semitism in resurgence, so this is a timely post.

Earlier tonight I was reading the Iraqi Perspective Report and it was interesting how through the 1990s Saddam blamed his troubles, especially at the UN, on "international Zionism". Yeah I know, he's not what you're really talking about, but I found it interesting.

Anyway, I too look forward to your next few posts.