Monday, February 20, 2012

Why I'm Reading "Mein Kampf"

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?

Well no.

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.

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.
Oh, and one more thing, D.Charles: I kicked your butt like a soccer ball and we both know it.


Always On Watch said...

Will you be posting a commentary after you finish reading the book?

Paft said...

I would agree that anti-semitism is making a comeback in this country in a big way.

The semites being targeted however, are Muslims, who are finding their first amendment rights to practice their religion openly questioned.

Stogie said...

Great idea. Yes, I will do a complete review of the book.

Stogie said...

Stogie said...
Daft Paft,

I certainly hope someone is questioning the right of Muslims to practice their "religion," since that religion incorporates Jew hatred and Jew murder among its most sacred tenets. Alas for the poor Muslims, First Amendment rights do not include killing people, and without that right, they are indeed constricted in practicing Islam in the way Muhammad designed it.

2/21/2012 12:49 PM

Anonymous said...

"the only religion to make Jew hatred and murder official and integral parts of its doctrine"

No, that is incorrect. Do not confuse what the professional anti-Islam doctrine and blog-rumours say to actually what the texts say.

Note also that passages such as "turning to apes and donkeys etc" is a reference to the afterlife and "divine retribution" to those Jews that upon witnessing the truth still deny (as they did with the coming of Jesus).

Also, do not confuse the rhetoric of modern day politics and the anti-Israeli lobby.

Just so you get your facts correct.

Anti-semitism certainly is rife within the Muslim world at present, almost totally due to the politics around the subject of Israel. If that factor was taken out the stats would be as it was for counterless centuries of the horrible rate of anti-Semitism shown by Muslims and Christians towards them. It also should not hide the fact that until the late 19th century, Jews in Muslim countries were simply safer and better treated than in Christian ones. That is also evidence confirming the fact that the rise of Zionism matched the increase in anti-Semitism and thus it is political, not religous.


D Charles

Stogie said...

D Charles, no the Islamic texts are quite clear, as are Muslim leaders: they hate Jews as did Muhammad and wish to kill them. You continue in your self delusion, one of the most severe cases that I have seen.