I am reading "Mein Kampf," Adolph Hitler's autobiography and statement of purpose. Why, is it because I'm a budding Nazi? Are my secret, repressed proclivities finally surfacing? Am I practicing goose-stepping around the house with a pot on my head?
I just want to know what this man thought and why. I found a free pdf copy of the book by searching the web, but I bought a Kindle copy of it from Amazon. The Kindle copy automatically takes you to the last page you were reading when you quit, and that alone was worth the price.
Today antisemitism seems to making a comeback in a big way. Perhaps this has something to do with the left's embrace of Islam, their fellow hate-America ideologues, the only religion to make Jew hatred and murder official and integral parts of its doctrine.
I became interested in reading Hitler's point of view when I started reading "Berlin Diary" by William L. Shirer. Shirer's book is quite compelling -- through his eyes one can see the Nazi movement in its early days, see Hitler as if he were still alive and making speeches. It is scary being in Berlin in the late 1930's, seeing the rising peril, the elevation of a madman to the pinnacle of power in Germany. Everywhere is the tramp of marching, boot-clad feet, Hitler's angry rants echoing over loud-speakers, men and boys in gray and brown uniforms, crowds of people with their arms raised in unison and shouting "Sieg Heil!"
The Nazis were Group-Think in its most extreme and dangerous form. Now let's see what else I can learn from Mr. Hitler.
Update: D. Charles, one of the most extreme Islamic apologists I have yet encountered, is ticked because I wouldn't post his last comment in which he calls me a bigot and says I have "lost the argument" (over the innate evil of Islam itself as opposed to extremists misinterpreting Islam). He says I lost the argument because I have never visited an Islamic country. This is a total non-sequitur.
Well DC, I have never visited Germany or Japan, but I still hold informed opinions as to the evil of the fascism that once dwelled there; I have never visited North Korea but hold an informed opinion that its government is genocidal and tyrannical. I can read news reports, see films and videos, read published histories, and listen to eye-witness accounts -- and also read Islam's holy texts and written histories of Muhammad and his deeds. I do not have to contract cancer to know that it is a horrible and often fatal disease. Likewise, I do not need direct experience of Islamic evil to know the religion is evil and worthless to humanity. Your argument and the premise it is built on are extremely weak.
Jew hatred is an intricate, innate part of the religion of Islam. Quoting a reader at View From the Right:
While looking at the website of the Jewish Virtual Library, I came across the following chilling quote from Ibn Saud, the first king of Saudi Arabia, in 1937.Oh, and one more thing, D.Charles: I kicked your butt like a soccer ball and we both know it.
While speaking to a British colonel, H.R.P. Dickson, he said, "Our hatred for the Jews dates from God's condemnation of them for their persecution and rejection of Isa (Jesus) and their subsequent rejection of His chosen Prophet." He added, "that for a Muslim to kill a Jew, or for him to be killed by a Jew, ensures him an immediate entry into Heaven and into the august presence of God Almighty."
[Auster responds]: This statement by Ibn Saud shows that it is not "radicals" alone who hate us "infidels" and want to conquer us. It is mainstream Muslims. And it did not start with the establishment of Israel in 1948, or Khomeini taking over Iran in 1979, or the U.S. keeping troops in Saudi Arabia in the 1990s to ward off a possible invasion by Saddam Hussein, or the invasion of Iraq in 2003. It started with Muhammad, and it is mainstream and universal among Muslims.