Tuesday, November 30, 2010

World War II Nazi propaganda effort in the Middle East leaves a poisonous legacy

From The West Australian, 30 November 2010, by Rod Moran:

Mutual admiration: Haj Amin el-Husselnl, Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, in earnest talks with Adolf Hitler in Berlin in 1941.
 History does not write its lines except with blood. Glory does not build its edifice except with skulls. Honour and respect cannot be established except on a foundation of cripples and corpses.
- Sheik Abdullah Azzam, Palestinian scholar and al-Oaida operative.
If faith, a belief, is not watered by blood, it does not grow ...Faith is propagated by counting up deaths every day, by adding up massacres and charnel houses.
- All Benhadi, Algerian Islamist.

Nazi ideology, Arab nationalism and a fundamentalist strain of Islam that advocates a politics of slaughter - those three elements form the essential roots to the pathology of one aspect of contemporary fundamentalist Islamist politics.

The above quotes vividly capture aspects of that toxic chemistry.

Recently accessed transcripts of nazi radio broadcasts from Berlin to North Africa, the Middle East and Persia during World War II throw chilling new light on the deeper roots of such contemporary Islamist ideology...
...Pro-nazi Arab exiles in Berlin were the key links between the National Socialist regime and the Muslim world in a propaganda war between 1941 and 1945. Chief among those exiles was Haj Amin el-Husssini, a Palestinian and the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. "...
...el-Husseini's propaganda was also a part of Hitler's aim to extend the Filial Solution to the Middle East. As Rommel's victorious Africa Corps rolled across North Africa to the Suez Canal and beyond, the intention was to have, just as occurred ill Europe, SS extermination squads following to murder the Jews of the region...
...Australians may not be fully aware that their soldiers ... played a major role in preventing Hitler from extending

the Final Solution ... to encompass 700,000 Jews in North Africa and the-Middle East in 1942...

...political Islamism that emerged in the 20th century ...found common ground in a totalitarian vision ... and ...also shared Nazism's hatred of the Jews and its conspiracy theories of world politics....

Go to this link to see a scanned copy of the original article in The West Australian.

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