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The use of anti-semitism in the Netherlands (and a short history on it)

Reader comment on item: Why I Stand with Geert Wilders
in response to reader comment: a young girl defeated Hitler's Mein Kampf

Submitted by Charles (Netherlands), Jan 31, 2010 at 10:03

Hi again Myth. Thanks for your comments. As you probably already guessed, my posting on the Mein Kampf-Koran background is a sure recipe for some sharp exchanges, as some people can not fathom any comparison between the two. I for one have read Mein Kampf twice as a matter of fact. To be fair, the book is very readable. It has 2 parts: the 1st part is autobiographical and (I must admit) very informative, as one gets a general view of the social-political situation of the first quarter of the 20th century. Albeit, through the eyes of a (then) young man in his twenties/early thirties. The 2nd part (later written) is heavy-duty political stuff on the-new-world-order-to-be and the general worldviews from Hitler. Ofcourse the entire book breathes anti-semitism.

I differ with Mr Wilders on the banning of books. Any book. I do understand why he said it though, and I have commented on this in another post in this blog. I feel all books must be freely available. Especially books which profess racisme etc. Let everybody take count is my view.

I must however point out that political* anti-semitism was wide spread in the whole of Europe, especially in the easteren states, but groing steadily in the west. In countries like Germany, Austria, France and England ever more political and intellectual thought rose up to become broadly more acceptable. One book especially was heralded as a 'modern masterpiece' and 'should be read by as many people as possible; especially by the elite in Gov't and intellectual circles". (A quote from the German Emperor.) This book was called 'The Foundations of the nineteenth century' by Mr Houston Chamberlain, an eminent intellectual, political thinker and prolific writer. He published this very famous (but now long forgotten) book in 1899. It influenced Hitler big time. (The book can still be bought on Amazon though.) I have only read small parts of it, but have read many comments of it in other books.

And there were others too, like Count Arthur de Gobinau, a French aristocrat who o.a. wrote a then very famous book on races, 'An essay on the inequality of the human races' in 1853. And there were more thinkers, philosophers etc who wrote on the subject of racism (then NOT a dirty word).

Anyway, Hitlers book was i.e. one of many such books, but what stood out from the rest was that Hitler was a politician who's star was rising fast in the twenties. The national-socialist ideology was not really Hitler's, but he expanded on it by adding the race-factor, i.e. anti-semitisme. This became his ideo-political foundation on which he rose to power. (This also distinguishes German nazism from Italian fascism btw; the two ideologies have very specific backgrounds and should not be confused as the same; they are not).

When you write: "I see no reason to read the book, millions dead speak for themseves" I ofcourse respect your remark. This is not normal reading-matter after all. But I must add to this: the history of the islamic conquests has cost many millions of lives also, mostly Jews and Christians, as these were the most common peoples in the regions of northern Africa and southern Europe. There must be no doubt that the Islamic Jihad had a gruesome downside: the slow but definite and complete suppression and/or extermination of complete civilizations i.e. the Jewish and Christian ones. Many millions have perished a horrific death through islamism, and, therefore, through the Koranic teachings, which always have been at the forefront of Islamic thought. In short, the Koran has always been the primary directive in Muslim thought and acts. This book contains 1 basic command: rule the world. Make all of the world islam. And then peace will reign. This has been going on 1400 years now.

(Btw: I am an atheist, and do not have a particular interest in religion, but I do find them fascinating. Especially Judeo-Christianity. As a European, that is not so strange, looking at the history of this continent.)

The story of Anne Frank has become a world-wide symbol against racism. I do not have to elaborate more on her importance. It is sad however to see some politicians (and other followers) in this country more or less desecrate her memory to misuse her name for shady political stances on 'freedom' and 'multiculturalism', as some do over here. In the 2002 elections, some elected to attack Pim Fortuyn and call him "a racist bigot who should be rememberd what happend almost 60 years ago to Anne Frank"....

That kind of rhetoric ultimately cost him his life, as it was more or less a death sentence being called out, and, ultimately, resulted in someone (a left-radical) coming through and 'finishing the job'.

This has been going on ever since in the NL. Mr Wilders is just one in a long line who have (and are) been threatend by political adversaries, mostly on the left. These politicians know that there are crazies out there who will finish the job, when they get the chance.

All in all, we are in a pretty big mess in the Netherlands. Geert Wilders will have his hands full in the courtcase unraveling the history of the Koran and its place in the 21st century Dutch community before his judges. This case will focus on the contents of the Koran as well as Mein Kampf. Hitler is long dead and buried. Allah lives forever...

*) contrary to religious anti-semitisme, which has excisted since the death of Jezus Christ and has always excisted in Europe.


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