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The Nazi Roots of Radical Islam: Hitler and the Arabs

The Nazi Roots of Radical Islam: Hitler and the Arabs

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The effect of Nazi Propaganda in the 30's and 40's on present-day Jihadis
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The Most Enduring Legacy Of Nazi Hate
Hitlerism and Radical Islam
OnFebruary1,1944,twounlikelyalliesintheUnitedStatesSenateRobertWagner(D-NewYork)andRobertTaft(R-Ohio)introducedaresolutionthatcausedshockwavesaroundtheglobe.TheirinitiativeadvocatedAmericansupportfor“freeandunlimitedentryofJewsintoPalestineforthecreationofaJewishcommonwealth.”Thiswasabold moveandonethatputtheRooseveltadministrationonthespot.Nearlyfiveyearsearlier,theBritishgovernmenthadreleasedaWhitePaperontheissueofPalestineonethatlargelyabandonedtheJewishpeopleinthatregion.Sincethe1917BalfourDeclarationandduringtheperiodoftheBritishMandatetheyhadbeenlargelysupportiveofJewishmigrationtoPalestineandtheideaofaJewishstatethere.Inessence,theWhitePaperchangedallofthat.ItadvocatedseverelimitationsonJewishimmigrationtoPalestine—thisatatimewhenEuropeananti-Semitismwasreachingcriticalmass.TheganginBerlinwaspleased.Interestingly,atthetimeofthat1939WhitePaper,twomenwho wouldlaterstronglysupportthecreationofthemodernstateofIsraelsawthingsdifferently.WinstonChurchillspoketotheHouseofCommonsonMay22,1939“asoneintimatelyandresponsiblyconcernedintheearlierstatesofourPalestinepolicy,”andinsistedthathewouldnot“standbyandseethesolemnengagementsintowhichBritainhasenteredbeforetheworldsetaside.Andhereathome,SenatorHarryS.TrumanfromMissouri-whohadnoclueatthetimethathe’dbeamajorplayerontheworldstageinafewyears–-alsoissuedaforthrightcondemnationthatwasinsertedintotheCongressionalRecord:
Mr.President,theBritishGovernmenthasuseditsdiplomaticumbrellaagain,thistimeonPalestine.IthasmadeascrapofpaperoutofLordBalfourspromisetotheJews.IthasjustaddedanothertothelonglistofsurrenderstotheAxis powers.
ButinsteadofembracingtheideasputforthbyTaftandWagnerin1944,theWhiteHouse,StateDepartment,andotherpowerfulentitiesinthegovernmentpulledoutallthestopstomakesurethattheideaofproposingahomelandinPalestineforJewswentaway.TheydidthiseventhoughtheyknewverywellabouttheongoingmassexterminationofEuropeanJewsatthehandsoftheNazis.ThestandardanswertotheobviousquestionastowhytheHolocaustevokedlittleofficialresponsefromourgovernmentuntilneartheendofthewarhasbeentocite“isolationism,”or“economic
 
Depression,”or“xenophobia”inournation.Presumably,theideaofdoinganythingovertly“pro-Jewish”waspoliticallyuntenablesogoestheargument.Butacloserlookrevealssomethingelsegoingonatthetimeandeversince.ThemostlastinglegacyofthetoxinsthatcreatedanepochalglobalconflictisthefactthatelementsofNazisminmanywayssurvivetothisdayinIslamism.Theshort-sightednessofFDRscronieswascorrectedinpartbyhissuccessor,amanofcouragewhochosetorecognizethenewStateofIsraelelevenminutesafteritsbirthinMayof1948.Butthequestionremains:WhydidFDRandcompanynotgetonthebandwagon,evenwhilemillionsofJewswerebeingslaughtered?Sadly,therealreasonhasalottodowithU.S.surrendertoNazipropaganda—itspowerandcontent.LargelyoverlookedordismissedintheyearssinceisthefactthattheNazipropagandamachine,thedistortionfactorythatshapedattitudesinGermanythroughoutthedurationoftheinfamousThirdReich,haditsmostlastingimpactfarawayfromtheboroughsandbeerhallsofDeutschland.Infact,HitlersnightmarishvisionofriddingEuropeofJewswasonlythebeginningofwhathewantedtodo hewantedtoextendTheFinalSolutiontoPalestine.AndhehadbeenpreparingtheheartsandmindsoftheMuslimworldformanyyears.JeffreyHerf,aprofessorofhistoryattheUniversityofMaryland,haswrittenaneye-openingbookabouttheeffectivenessofNaziideasintheMiddleEastduringtheSecondWorldWarcalled,
“NaziPropagandaForTheArabWorld.
Init,hedescribestheNazicampaignforthemindsandheartsoftheArabworldingreatdetailparticularlytheAxisradioprogramsthatraninArabicaroundtheclockfromlate1939untilMarchof1945.Thesebroadcastsspewedvenomousanti-Semitismandpushedeverydemagogicbuttonimaginable.Theywerealsohighlyeffective.Infact,longafterthelastvestigeofNazirhetoricfadedfromconsciousnessinEurope,thepoisonousseedsplantedbackthenarestillbearingdeadlyfruit.Themind-setthatgavewaytotheThirdReichisverymuchaliveand wellintheMuslimworldoftheMiddleEast.Whenthosetwosenatorialstrange-bedfellowsofferedtheirvisionaryresolutionin1944aboutaJewishhomelandinPalestine,the“AxisBroadcastsinArabic”werewayaheadofthestory.Mr.HerfhasaccessedasignificantcacheoftranscriptsandleafletsproducedbytheNazisduringthewarmaterialsthathavenotbeenadequatelyexamineduntilnow.

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