Everybody has heard the saying that “history repeats itself”. Recently, I heard a variation of that saying which read “history doesn’t repeat itself, it rhymes”. I find this to be much more accurate, especially with regards to the current situation in the Middle East.
Having provided a brief summary of the history of the Levant in two previous articles, I would now like to reflect on the very real dangers of the religious aspect of this conflict.
Many scholars and historians have found stark correlations between Nazi Germany in the 1930’s, and the modern radical Islamic movement. Just like the Nazis focused their animosity on the Jews to gain support and consolidate power, so too have radical Islamists used extreme anti-Semitism to gain momentum in their quest to regain control of Palestine. I encourage you to click on the provided links to learn more, as this is a development that applies to every American.
The parallels between Nazism and radical Islam are chilling.
Parallels in ideologies and practices such as:
- quest for political dominance
- demand for the total subordination of the individual free will
- belief in the abolishment of the nation-state in favor of a “higher” community
- belief in authoritarian governance by a divine leader (Islamic Caliph or Nazi Fuhrer)
- the formation of radical youth groups (Hitler Youth, etc.)
- mass rallies and protests calling for the extermination of Jews
Radical Islamists claim that Jews and Muslims have been at odds since the dawn of time, going back to the Biblical feud between Isaac and Ishmael, the sons of Abraham. In reality however, the two religions coexisted peacefully in the Levant for HUNDREDS of years, until the rise of radical Islamic anti-Semitism under Grand Mufti Mohammad Amin Al-Husseini in the 1920’s (Al-Husseini worked closely with the Nazis during the 30’s and 40’s and has been called the “Fuhrer’s Mufti”).
What is concerning is that the current level of anti-Semitism in the Middle East is rapidly approaching that of Nazi Germany in the 30’s. From 9/11 conspiracy theories to the 2010 Sharm el-Sheik shark attacks in Egypt, not only radicals, but educated businessmen, government officials, college students and children alike blame the Jews.
More recently, during the widely publicized riots in Egypt over the past few weeks, CBS reporter Lara Logan was reportedly attacked by a mob of over 200 men in Tahrir Square, the attack occurring amid cries of “Jew! Jew!”
If this state of mind in the Middle East pervades more than just a radical minority, then History itself could be repeating itself in front of our very eyes. True, the problem could be exaggerated, or it could truly be developing into a major threat. Either way, it would be imprudent for Americans to ignore it, as it is a situation that must be closely monitored.
I would like to stress that in NO way am I labelling all Arabs or Muslims as Nazis or radicals. I am focusing ONLY on the Islamic Fundamentalist movement and terrorist extremists, and trying to shed light on a delicate topic. Feel free to share your thoughts.