The successful Hitler
Andrew Bostom has drawn my attention to my formulation that Muhammad was a successful Hitler, an idea that, in fact, came to me as I was reading William Muir’s The Life of Mohamet, which Dr. Bostom sent me in 2004.
The idea is quite simple. It’s that Muhammad created a supremacist hate movement of world conquest that lasted, that is with us permanently, that is still effective, that has a billion followers, that keeps attracting more people to it, and that keeps getting non-followers of it (like Dinesh D’Souza) eagerly to cringe and surrender to it, while Hitler’s supremacist hate movement of world conquest burned itself out and was destroyed in 12 years, leaving its home country and capital a smoking ruin. Why the difference? Because Muhammad worked out a highly flexible and therefore sustainable ideology and program of subversion, conquest, and domination (as well as a sustainable way of life), while Hitler’s ideology and program had no internal brakes. It was pedal to the metal, aiming at the instant and total destruction of other countries and of Western civilization as a whole, and thus making it necessary for other countries utterly to destroy Hitlerism
Dr. Bostom has recently researched the deep connections between Islam and Nazism. His underlying point, which I will have more to say about later, is that, far from today’s radical Islam being some offshoot of Nazism and Fascism, as the neocons suggest with their irresponsible and mind-destroying phrase “Islamo-fascism,” Nazism can reasonably be seen as a short-lived, unsuccessful version of Islam. Not that Nazism developed out of Islam, but that it had profound similarities to Islam, especially with regard to its stand toward the Jews. The Nazi leaders, as well as Nazi intellectuals such as the SS theoretician and exterminationist propagandist Johannes von Leers (who advocated the elimination of every Jew on earth), became aware of their common ground with Islam and explored it in depth, in addition to forming political alliances with Islam. Indeed, von Leers came to believe that Islam was superior to Nazism, and converted to Islam after the war.
Who was Muhammad? (Feb 2005)
Who was Muhammad? As I continue to read in William Muir’s classic biography, The Life of Mahomet, an answer comes to me: he was a successful Hitler.The cover of Islamikaze (August 2005)
… Worse, this death cult is not an extreme or atypical outgrowth of Islam, as is believed by so many naive people who refuse to acquaint themselves with the most rudimentary truths about the “religion of peace.” The same corrosive hatred that emanates from the Palestinians, the same vindictive lust to dehumanize and torture the infidel that is shown by the terrorists and kidnappers in Iraq, is found on almost every page of the “holy” Koran. Muhammad, the teacher and model for all Moslems, was, quite simply, the greatest hater in history. As I’ve said before, the key to understanding him is that he was a successful Hitler. Hitler killed too many people too fast, and so was defeated and destroyed in 12 years. Like the Nazis, Muhammad and his successors embarked on a program of dehumanization and genocide, but they pursued it gradually and intermittently instead of all at once, and so the movement they created is still going strong after 1400 years. What a curse—what a curse on the world. Yet it is our inescapable fate to deal with this curse—to understand it and speak the truth about it, to combat it and drive it back, to put it in a situation where it cannot harm us, and never to let down our guard again.The jihadist mentality (August 2005)
I’ve been looking at Andy Bostom’s forthcoming book, Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-Muslims, a collection of primary and secondary sources about jihad, many of them appearing in English—and in many cases in any Western language—for the first time. The sources leave no doubt about the military, conquering, enslaving character of the jihad to which Muslims are called, and about its centrality in Islam. As Ibn Warraq writes in the Forward [readable online], it is remarkable and instructive that these important writings were not brought to light by any of the renowned doyens of Islam scholarship we’re always hearing about, but by a self-taught amateur in the field whose real profession is as a research medical doctor.
D’Souza calls for the silencing of Islam critics (Jan 2007)
Dear Readers, I am truly sorry to keep emphasizing the Islam issue at this site far out of proportion to other pressing issues that also deserve to be covered, but the fact is that the most amazing and most appalling things keep happening on that front and compel me to put other things aside and comment on them. Thus I just found out, at Jihad Watch, that Dinesh D’Souza writes this in his book:
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