A Voice in the
Baseball great, Yogi Bara, is known for his famous saying, "It's like deja vu all over again". As this is being compiled, today's (4/16/06) Arutz-7 has a leading headline, "Iran's leaders have reiterated their call for Israel's annihilation, announcing the advancement of the Iranian nuclear program, and winning a seat on the United Nations' Disarmament Commission." Like the fox who announces his intentions to clean out the chicken coop, being assigned guard duty over the chickens...!
Another famous saying, "The thing we learn from history is: Those who don't learn from history are bound to repeat it."
That's where we sit today. When I was younger I didn't put much effort into learning history; it was boring, dull; and after all... who needs it? Knowing what I know now, and my 'lack' of knowledge, were I a youth again, I would likely put more diligence to history than some of those other subjects that I worked harder at, that I don't use today.
We usually concern ourselves with lessons, studies and Q/As in Scripture and doctrine. Once in awhile we look at cultural and political issues as they concern the Christian, living in this world. One thing the Scriptures contain a lot of, is history. God exhorted Israel often to "remember" what they had been through, and how God had been their God.
The current issue of the Israel My Glory magazine has several -very- good articles that put the whole Islamic question in proper perspective.
Seeing as how April 25,06 is "Holocaust Remembrance Day", let us remember history; and if we were blind up until now... Open our eyes to those same days repeating themselves today....
The Beginning of the Reckoning
Reacting to Neville Chamberlain's Munich Pact with Adolf Hitler in the British Parliament in October 1938, Winston Churchill warned, "You have to consider the character of the Nazi movement and the rule which it implies. There can never be friendship between the British democracy and the Nazi power, that power which spurns Christian ethics, which cheers its onward course by a barbarous paganism, which vaunts the spirit of aggression and conquest, which derives strength and perverted pleasure from persecution, and uses, as we have seen, with pitiless brutality the threat of murderous force. That power can never be a trusted friend of British democracy."
With the outbreak of World War 2 one year later, Churchill's warning that Munich was "the beginning of the reckoning" with an implacable foe was of course proved correct.
In the weeks after the 2005 terrorist attacks in London, England, we repeatedly heard the analogy between those bombings and the Nazi bombing war against Britain. Most of these analogies have to do with the famous British stiff upper lip in the face of terror and carnage. Some of these parallels relate to the determination enunciated by Queen Elizabeth and Prime Minister Tony Blair never to surrender to the forces behind the bombings. Indeed, in most cases, the analogies drawn between the two circumstances have to do with the British response to the attacks and not to the parallel nature of the perpetrators.
In truth though, just as the British stoicism recalls the same from 65
years ago, so too, there is a deep and instructive similarity between
the Nazis and the Islamic-fascist forces that attacked then and attack
today. The fact of the matter is that, even more important than invoking
the famous British "stiff upper lip," to fight this current war to
victory requires understanding and accepting the similarities between
the Nazis and the Arab-Islamic terrorist armies.
In July 2005 The Wall Street journal published an investigative report into the establishment and growth of the Islamic Center in Munich. As Stefan Meining, a German historian who studies the mosque, told the paper, "If you want to understand the structure of political Islam, you have to look at what happened in Munich."
According to the report, the Munich mosque was founded by Muslim Nazis who had settled in West Germany after the war. These men, who were among more than 1 million citizens of the Soviet republics who joined the Nazis while they were under German occupation, were transferred by their Nazi commander to the Western front in the closing stages of the war to protect them from the advancing Red Army.
The Journal report explains that the first leader of the mosque was a native of Uzbekistan named Nurredin Nakibhidscha Narnangani. Namangani served as an imam in the SS and participated in the liquidation of the Warsaw Ghetto and the putting down of the Jewish uprising in 1943.
According to the article, the exiled head of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, Said Ramadan, participated in a 1958 conference organized by Narnangani and his fellow Muslim Nazis to raise money to build the mosque.
The article then outlines the subsequent takeover of the mosque by the
Muslim Brotherhood in the 1960s and its transformation, with Saudi and
Syrian funding, into a nexus for the spread of Islamic-fascist ideology
and its call for jihad and world domination.
Ignored by the report is the fact that there was no particular reason, other than perhaps turf warfare, for the Nazis to have had a problem with the Muslim Brotherhood. As German political scientist Matthias Kuntzel chronicled in his work "Islamic anti-Semitisim and its Nazi Roots," the Muslim Brotherhood, which spawned the Palestine Liberation Organization's Fatah as well as al-Qaida, Hamas, and the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, owes much of its ideological success and pseudophilosophical roots to Nazism.
In the 1930s the mufti of Jerusalem, Amin el-Husseini, rigorously courted the Nazis. When, in 1936, he launched his terror war against the Jewish yishuv ("settlement") in the British-controlled Palestine Mandate, he repeatedly asked the Nazis for financial backing, which began arriving in 1937. From 1936 to 1939, Husseini's terror army murdered 415 Jews. In later years, Husseini noted that were it not for Nazi money, his onslaught would have been defeated in 1937. His movement was imbued with Nazism. His men saluted one another with Nazi salutes, and members of his youth movement sported Hitler Youth uniforms.
Husseini was allied with the new Muslim Brotherhood movement that was founded by Ramadan's father-in-law, Hassan al-Banna, in the 1920s. The impact of his terror war on the movement was profound. From a 1936 membership roster of 800, the ranks of the Brotherhood had risen to 200,000 official members by 1938, backed by perhaps an equal number of active sympathizers.
As Kuntzel argued, the notion of a violent holy war or jihad against non-Muslims was not a part of any active Islamic doctrine until the 1930s and, as he noted, "its concurrence with the arrival of a newly virulent anti-Semitism is verified in no uncertain terms." Husseini's gangs in the Palestine Mandate were joyously praised by the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, which held mass demonstrations with slogans like "Jews get out of Egypt and Palestine" and "Down with the Jews!"
For the Nazis, the Jews were seen as the principal force preventing them from achieving their goal of world domination. As Hitler put it, "You will see how little time we shall need in order to upset the ideas and the criteria for the whole world, simply and purely by attacking Judaism." In his view, once he destroyed the Jews, the rest of the world would lay before him for the taking. "The struggle for world domination will be fought entirely between Germans and Jews. All else is facade and illusion," he said.
Husseini became an active Nazi agent, fomenting a pro-Nazi coup in Baghdad in 1942 and then fleeing to Germany where he spent the rest of the war training a jihad army of Bosnian Muslims, exhorting the Arab world to rise up against the Allies, participating in the Holocaust, and planning an Auschwitz-like death camp to be built in Nablus after the German victory. He escaped with French assistance to Cairo, Egypt, after the war. There he was embraced as a war hero.
Hitler's obsession with the Jews as the source of all the evils in the world became so ingrained in both the Arab nationalist and Islamic psyches that it has become second nature.
At the 2002 trial in Germany of Mounir el-Moutassadeq, who was accused
of collaborating with the September 11 hijackers, witnesses described
the worldview of Muhammad Atta, who led the attackers. One witness
claimed, "Atta's [worldview] was based on a National Socialist way of
thinking. He was convinced that 'the Jews' are determined to achieve
world domination. He considered New York City to be the center of world
Jewry, which was, in his opinion, Enemy Number One."
In light of the wealth of historical documentation of the Nazi roots of Islamic fascism, it is absolutely apparent that the collaboration between Nazis and the Muslim Brotherhood in the building and developing of the Islamic Center in Munich was anything but coincidental or unique.
It is also hardly surprising that Palestinian Authority (PA) chieftain Mahmoud Abbas, whose predecessor, Yasser Arafat, was Husseini's follow- er, devoted his doctoral dissertation to a denial of the Holocaust and a justification of Nazism.
The thing of it is, just as with the Nazis, it is impossible to separate the Islamist ideological and military quest for world domination from its genocidal anti-Semitism. As with the Nazis, they are two sides of the same coin. And, just as was the case from the Nazi ascent to power in 1933 through the end of World War 2, the British and, to a lesser though increasing degree, the Americans refuse to acknowledge that the war against the Jews and Israel is the same as the war against them.
There are reasons for the attempts to separate the inseparable. The discovery that the London bombers were flowers of British immigrant youth--like the British-Pakistani al-Qaida-Hamas terror cell that committed the suicide bombing at Mike's Place in Tel-Aviv in April 2003, and Omar Sheikh, the British-Pakistani al-Qaida terrorist who kidnapped and murdered Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in a Nazi-style execution in January 2002--shows that the enemy today is largely homegrown.
One of the most difficult challenges for a democratic society is facing up to the presence of an enemy fifth column in its midst. Aside from this, the fact of the matter is that the global economy is fueled by oil, which is controlled by the same forces that stand at the foundations of the current war against the Jews and Western civilization.
Much easier than contending with these realities is to engage in the politics of denial. As the British and French blamed German anti-Semitism and warmongering in the 1930s on their impoverishment and humiliation by the Treaty of Versailles, so too, the British, like their European allies and large swathes of American society, blame Arab and Islamic anti-Semitism and aspirations for global domination on poverty and perceived humiliation at the hands of Western imperialists and by the establishment and continued viability of the State of Israel.
It is the duty of the State of Israel (much ignored by its own leadership today) to point out this inconvenient reality to the rest of the world. And it is the duty and responsibility of all who treasure freedom and the right to live without fear to accept this reality in spite of its inconvenience. Refusing to do so is not simply a matter of cowardice. It is a recipe for suicide.
by Caroline Glick, deputy managing editor of The Jerusalem Post, where this article first appeared in July 2005; scanned from its reprint in the March/April, 2006 issue of Israel My Glory (pg14), a publication of Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Bellmawr, NJ, USA, www.foi.org
Islamic Imperialism in the Real World
When the majority of the secular news media laughs at the idea of Islamic imperialism, it closes its eyes to the bully that is moving in next door. Unfortunately, too many people today have a wrong view of what is happening in the world. The evidence is in, and it should prompt any thinking person to say, "Wait a minute. This is a problem."
U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney has warned that Islamists speak of a "seventh-century caliphate" to be "governed by Sharia law, the most rigid interpretation of the Koran." Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld elaborated: "Iraq would serve as the base of a new Islamic caliphate to extend throughout the Middle East, and which would threaten legitimate governments in Europe, Africa, and Asia."
Unfortunately, The New York Times quickly branded these views as balderdash. In an article titled "21st-Century Warnings of a Threat Rooted in the 7th," Elisabeth Bumiller opined,
In an October 2005 speech to the National Endowment for Democracy, President George W. Bush accurately described today's most aggressive, carnivorous clan: Islamic imperialists.
They have, he said, a "murderous ideology" and pose the "great challenge of our new century."
In his book The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order, Samuel P. Huntington elaborated:
Islamists have made themselves clear: A caliphate--an Islamic global
empire--is their vision. And in the words of Daniel Pipes, "It requires
monumental denial not to acknowledge it, but we Westerners have risen to
the challenge." Indeed. And it seems that self-delusion is rapidly
becoming a cottage industry in the Western world.
For starters, it is impossible to ignore radical Islam's military, religious, or terrorist campaigns in Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel, Sudan, Algeria, Nigeria, Kenya, Iran, Pakistan, Yemen, Ethiopia, Armenia, Albania, Chechnya, Daghestan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Indonesia, Egypt, Jordan, the Philippines, United States, Great Britain, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Argentina, and the list goes on.
But the most telling evidence in this clash of civilizations is found where most Westerners have chosen not to go, that is, the relentless war against Christians in countries where they are most vulnerable. There, where believers have virtually no defenders, Islamists prey on Christians as carnivorous animals prey on their victims. Christians of all persuasions are fleeing Muslim countries. And the "single greatest cause of this emigration is pressure from radical Islam," wrote Jonathan Adelman and Agota Kuperman:
MOVING OUT, MOVING IN
In the past 20 years an estimated 2 million Christians have opted to exit the Middle East. And if the trend continues, some experts believe that in the next 50 years, there will be no significant Christian presence in the region.
The area controlled by the Palestinians and slated for Palestinian statehood exemplifies the phenomenon. In 1950 Christians constituted 15 percent of the Arab population. That figure has reportedly fallen to only two percent today.
According to Adelman and Kuperman, "Today three-fourths of all Bethlehem Christians live abroad, and more Jerusalem Christians live in Sydney, Australia, than in the place of their birth. Indeed, Christians now comprise just 2.5 percent of Jerusalem."
During a live broadcast from a mosque in Gaza, Dr. Ahmad Abu Halabiya, a member of the Palestinian Authority--appointed Fatwa Council and former acting rector of the Islamic University of Gaza, stated,
Another woman commented, "They spit at us, try to force us to wear head- scarves, and in the [Islamic] fasting month of Ramadan... the Palestinian police even arrest us for smoking or eating on the streets. The Muslims want to get rid of us, they want us to live like them."
Land confiscation, extortion from Christian businesses, rape of Christian women, and murder have been reported but largely ignored by Palestinian authorities and the outside world. When an 18-year-old Palestinian Muslim stabbed to death the 14-year-old nephew of a convert to Christianity as a teacher watched, police were never contacted; and members of the victim's family were told to come and pick up the body.
And while Christians are being driven out of the Middle East, Muslims by the thousands are moving West and bringing with them their commitment to sharia Muslim law and Islamic exclusivism.
Oriana Fallaci, an outspoken adversary of Islamo-fascism, sounded an alarm in a speech while receiving an award in New York for her unwavering commitment to human rights: "I do not see Islamic terrorism as the main weapon of the war that the sons of Allah have unleashed upon us. It is the bloodiest, but not the most pernicious or catastrophic aspect of this war." Far more dangerous, she said, is the massive, unrestricted Muslim immigration that has flooded Europe with at least 25 million Islamics, a number expected to double in 10 years and create a Muslim Europe by 2100.
The impact of the Islamic invasion of Europe and its potential conse- quences have already been experienced through riots and bombings in European Union countries.
Contemplating the problems in the Netherlands after an Islamist there last year viciously stabbed to death filmmaker Theo Van Gogh because a Van Gogh film criticized Islam's treatment of women, Arnaud de Borchgrave wrote,
WHY THEN THE SILENCE?
If, as is so thoroughly documented, such egregious genocide and wide-spread human rights transgressions are taking place, why the silence? Why is there so little international outrage, especially in Western democracies that should oppose such atrocities and take action to halt the Islamists' dream of a new caliphate and global empire?
Actually, it's more of the same old story that undervalues human life in favor of "national interest." While nuclear and large-scale military aggression occupies the international round-table, the jihad-driven murder and mutilation of individuals and destruction of religious (particularly Christian) communities attract little but lip service and promises.
For example, the U.S. Congress has repeatedly passed legislation condemning human rights violations in countries doing business with America. The International Religious Freedom Act passed by the House and Senate and signed into law by President Bill Clinton in October 1998 is specific. Violations of religious freedom include "arbitrary prohibitions on, restrictions of, or punishment for":
(ii) speaking freely about one's religious beliefs;
(iii) changing one's religious beliefs and affiliation;
(iv) possession and distribution of religious literature, including Bibles;
(v) raising one's children in the religious teachings and practices of one's choice.
When Palestinian Christians persecuted by the Palestinian Authority (PA)
complained to a State Department official, "the official's
recommendation was for the Christians to keep a low profile or to seek
asylum in another country," reported Weiner.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair recently said, "The best defense of the Muslim community in this country is for the mainstream Muslim community to take on the extremists within their midst."
Mr. Blair is correct. The problem, however, is locating the Muslim "mainstream." There are, indeed, rivulets of courageous Muslims who speak out, many under threat of death from the bin Ladens and Zarqawis who, we are repeatedly told, "hijacked a peaceful and loving religion" and are little more than a bloody aberration.
But where is the tangible evidence that there is a "peaceful and loving" Muslim mainstream? Some speculate that there is no such thing--it simply does not exist.
Figures for the Muslim population in the United States vary widely from approximately 3 million to as many as 8 million. Whatever the population, the important factor is the heavy Saudi Arabian influence.
Haviv Rettig reported in The Jerusalem Post that terrorism expert Yehudit Barsky said, "Extremist organizations continue to claim the mantle of leadership" over American Islam. Wrote Rettig:
Freedom House, an organization committed to democracy and freedom, sent Muslim volunteers into 15 prominent mosques from New York to San Diego. Daniel Pipes reported that they collected 200 books "and other publications disseminated by Saudi Arabia (some 90% in Arabic) in mosque libraries, publication racks, and bookstores. What they found can only be described as horrifying. These writings--each and every one of them sponsored by the kingdom--espouse an anti-Christian, anti-Semitic, misogynist, jihadist, and supremacist outlook." Pipes said they all:
A BULLY IN THE SCHOOLYARD
The grammar school I attended had its resident bully. His mission was to scare and rough up other kids, always sizably smaller than himself. When a message came down the pipeline that you were his chosen source of entertainment for the afternoon, there was never a doubt that he intended to do exactly what he promised: roll you in the dirt and do what he could to rearrange the contours of your face. Denying the reality of his threat didn't help. You got punched out anyway.
The principle in the real world of grown-up aggressors is the same. You can ignore radical Islam's declaration of intent, as the secular media loves to do, but it won't keep the bully from rearranging the contours of your world.
And for those who find comfort in denial or in believing that an ocean or desert safely separates them from the guys, listen to someone who is living a nightmare he probably never believed possible.
Reverend Murtala Marti Dangora lives in Kano, West Africa. Christians there are afraid to send their children to public schools for fear they will be forced to convert to Islam. Students are compelled to study Arabic and Islam, and say Islamic prayers. Moreover, the government refuses to grant churches permission to establish schools in rural areas. "The strategy," said Rev. Dangora, "is to force Christians to send their children to public schools so they can be converted to Muslims." Another Christian leader said Christians in Kano have lost their religious liberty and are second-class citizens. Some were forced to flee their villages because of Muslim antagonism. So it goes in the land of the caliphs.
Their lives may not be yours today. But if you close your eyes to the bully moving in next door and Islamic imperialists achieve their dream, their lives could be yours tomorrow.
by Elwood McQuaid, Israel My Glory (March/April, 2006 pg10), Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Bellmawr, NJ, USA, www.foi.org
Palestinian Children: A Model of Hitler Youth
Adolf Hitler declared, "He alone who owns the youth gains the future." Hitler knew the importance of early indoctrination. So do today's Palestinian leaders. In fact, the recruitment allurements and military-style training of Palestinian youth directly reflect the ideology and practice of the infamous Hitler Youth movement of 1933-1944.
After World War 1, Germany was in shambles. This state continued until Adolf Hitler rose to power. Hitler's policies, including the formation of the Yungvolk-the Hitler Youth movement-for people ages 10 through 18, rejuvenated national pride.
Although membership in the Hitler Youth became compulsory in 1936, millions of Germany's young people volunteered. Life in the outdoors, camping, physical exercise, and the excitement of flirting with danger appealed to many. Being a member of the Hitler Youth gave one a secure sense of belonging to a special group and fostered devotion to a cause greater than oneself. This cause was often idealized and romanticized through torch-light marches and propagandistic, emotive media.
Molding a child into a pliable Hitler devotee began with indoctrination. Hitler himself stated the goal of Hitler Youth education: "A violently active, dominating, brutal youth--that is what I'm after." The children repeated oaths of allegiance, prayers, and slogans hundreds of times.
Hitler schools were instituted to teach the glories of the fatherland, the values of the Nazi party, and the evils of the Jews. Learning to perceive oneself as a victim of the "treacherous Jews" was crucial to stoking the fires of revenge and aggressiveness. Hitler Youth teenagers, wrote Michael H. Kater in his book Hitler Youth, "sang anti-Semitic songs with texts that sanctioned 'Jewish blood dripping from the knife." And by emphasizing the inevitability of death, the Nazis persuaded their pupils not to fear it.
Along with indoctrination came militarization. This included daily roll calls, drills and marches. The children played physically rough "war games," learned to study maps and spot enemy locations, wore uniforms, and were trained in riflery and the use of explosives. Wrote Kater,
"The hallmark of HJ [Hitler Youth] socialization was militarization,
with a view to a war of territorial expansion and, as its predetermined
goal, the neutralization of Europe's Jews.
Today Palestinian youth receive similar training. Many Palestinian children live in economically depressed conditions. They feel powerless and defeated, humiliated by Israeli victories. Taking advantage of the situation, the Palestinian leadership offers them meaning and purpose. It promotes a sense of belonging to a larger family and a devotion to a greater cause.
Indoctrination begins in school. Palestinian children read in their textbooks that (1) they are descendants of "Arab Canaanites," (2) the Jewish people have few historical ties to the land, (3) Zionism is a racist movement, and (4) The Protocols of the (Learned) Elders of Zion is a legitimate historical document. All are lies.
They read only negative portrayals of Israel, either through lies or gross exaggerations. Their textbooks recognize no Jewish holy sites or the sovereignty of the State of Israel. None of their maps even contain the word Israel, only Palestine.
The children also learn violent slogans ("In spirit and in blood we will redeem you, oh Palestine") and songs ("Kill Zionists wherever they are, in the name of God"). Palestinian television glorifies jihad, martyrdom, and a culture of death. Children's music videos, cartoons, and interviews with proud mothers of suicide bombers exalt shahada ("dying for Allah").
As with Hitler Youth, militarization plays a large role in the manipulation of Palestinian children. Every summer thousands of Palestinian youngsters attend camps sponsored by the Palestinian Authority (PA) or terrorist groups, such as Hamas. Some of these camps are named after suicide bombers. The children play games and swim in the sea. Then they don uniforms and learn Palestinian propaganda. In the afternoons they march in military drills, learn how to take cover, jump through rings of fire, and crawl under wire. Capping off their training, they learn how to handle Kalashnikov assault rifles, as well as how to slit Israeli throats. "Campers" range in age from 8 to 18.
Every year on April 5, Palestinians celebrate Palestinian Child Day. And PA leaders proclaim, "Children ... are the future of Palestine." One wonders what kind of future "Palestine" will have if its children continue to be trained like the notorious, ill-fated youth of Adolf Hitler.
by Bruce Scott, ISRAEL MY GLORY (March/April, 2006, pg36), Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Bellmawr, NJ, USA, www.foi.org