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Hitler reference or on overstretched analogies

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Submitted by Ianus (Poland), Jan 11, 2006 at 18:16

jerry lubin, wrote

"Just for the sake of change, why not use "Stalin" as the standard reference for unbridled evil? Or Genghis Khan. Or Chairman Mao.

It will not work, I am afraid.

Few people in the West know enough about them and these persons have never been subject to such profound internalization through propaganda and education as was the case with Hitler.

Anyway, how many in Europe know that Hitler is quite a positive figure in the Muslim world? He admired Islam, hated the Jews, regretted Europe had been converted to effeminate Christianity instead of becoming a manly Islamic continent, that he despised Charles Martel for Poitiers.

What we hate the Muslims admire , therefore perhaps Muslims will declare him one day an Islamic shaheed who blew himself and his country in a huge suicide attack against the Jewish Shaitan for which martyrdom exceptionally not 72 but -Inshallah- 720 Eva Brauns have been given to him...

I agree with you that Hitler's name has been a little overused if not quite abused in debates about Islam. Personally, I don't like even the word Islamofascism (= Islam) as it is anachronistic. Islam was born thirteen centuries before fascism emerged. Therefore - if at all - fascism was a sort of Westernized Islam but not vice versa , i.e. Islam sort of fascism thirteen centuries before fascism came into being. For me the term "Islam" is ugly and grim enough . I don't need to make it more horrible calling it "Islamofascism".
But people in the West look for an analogy, a ( culturally easily understandable) comparison with something known , familiar to comprehend something quite new and so alien and horrifying to them. Hitler is such a strong analogy, a shortcut to understanding the horrorible .

But the problem is Hitler grew in this European civilization and can be explained without any analogy with Islam. Islam, however, can't be explained by any analogy with whatever we have experieneced in Europe. Inquisitions, European wars of religion, nazism, pogroms, colonialism ...I am afraid these are all a little overstretched and misguided analogies.

Calling it "Islamostalinism", "Islamomaoism" would suffer from the same defects. "The Islamomongolian yoke" would come closer to the point but the problem is that the Mongolians were and - thanks Allah!- are shamanists or Buddhists ...
In short , there is no way around. Analogy for cultural reasons will not work with Islam. It's a unique monster . It has been so genetically engineered by Muhammad that its spiritual DNA doesn't resemble any other pattern our historical forensic medicine has come across so far.



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