Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Forget Israel--Let's Compare HAMAS With The Nazis

Comparing Israel to Nazis seems to have become second nature to numerous Muslims--a neat trick, considering that many deny the Nazis did anything wrong. However, you have to be careful how you do it.

Otherwise, you may end up making the mistake Dr Mohamed Elmasry, founder of the Canadian Islamic Congress, makes when he writes:
many contemporary historians have aptly compared Gaza to the cramped and destitute Warsaw Ghetto of World War II...Gaza has, in fact, been reduced to a new Auschwitz: the only difference – a nightmarish irony — is that Jews are now playing the role of Hitler’s ruthless SS. [emphasis added]
Mark Steyn comments:
Er, right. And that would make Hamas the concentration camp guards?
Actually, seeing that both Hamas and the Gazans are Palestinian Arabs--that would make Hamas comparable to the kappos.

Be that as it may, it may be far more accurate--and instructive--to note the differences between Hamas and Nazis. That is what Ron Rosenbaum does--and the Nazis come out looking much better:
–"The Hamas founding covenant explicitly calls for the extermination of all Jews. Hitler never made total extermination an official plank of the the Nazi party platform."

–"Hitler made efforts to conceal the purpose of the death camps and distanced himself from them, avoided written as opposed to oral orders for the Final Solution. Not because he felt any shame about them, but because he felt knowledge of the death camps might be counter-productive to the Nazis political goals. Hamas makes no effort to conceal the fact that it wants to kill Jewish civilians, not just combatants, but women and children–all Jews (it’s in the charter, remember)—because Hamas feels this will make them more popular."

–"Hitler’s party came to power in part because of the claim Germany’s lands had been stolen from it and it would reclaim them. Hitler did not (inititally) call for the murder of all those who had lived on the land long before World War I. (he didn’t for instance, want to murder all the Czechs in the Sudetenland, just return it to its pre-war German identity). Hamas came to power with the claim that the Palestinian lands had been stolen from them and that it would murder all Jews living there however long they or their families had been there. So there’s another difference."

–"...The people of Germany supported Hitler, yet many still claim the Germans didn’t really know what he was doing to the Jews, gays, gypsies or his plans for other ethnic minorities. Or they say that they suppported Hitler for other reasons. Some believe the German people shouldn’t be held accountable for Hitler’s crimes, some think it’s naive to believe they didn’t know and shouldn’t be held responsible. The people of Gaza voted Hamas in by a larger percentage than Hitler ever got. They knew that the Hamas charter called for genocide and supported Hamas attempts to kill as many Jews as they could."
Read the whole thing.

We can only hope that Israel's victory over Hamas will be as decisive as the allies' victory over Nazi Germany--as much, or more, is at stake.

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