From The Gathering Storm Blog

I love to paint comparisons between what’s happening now and what happened in the 1930s. In particular, the cries of ‘phobia’ by those that seek to destroy the free world.

This blog is about a Gathering Storm – the prelude to the real war, not the war itself. How the war will be fought and under what terms it will commence is yet to happen – and no, it didn’t start with 9-11. In more than one way, we are in a similar time as the 1930s. But this blog is not the first to find comparisons between the infiltration and intimidation tactics of militant Islam and Nazi Germany.

In September of 2005, Tony Blankly wrote a three part series in the Washington Times comparing the Islamic threat of today to the Nazis of the 1930s. You should read it.

Blankly writes that radical Islam or Islamic fascism, has all the advantages the Nazis had in Germany in the 1930s. A second and third generation Muslim population adrift and disconnected from their country, confused and humiliated by the dominance of foreign nations and culture, and a growing youthful population increasing disdainful of their parents passive acceptance of their plight. And just as the Nazis reached back to German mythology and the supposed Aryan origins of the German people, the radical Islamists reach back to the founding ideas and myths of their religious culture. And just like the Nazis, they claim to speak for authentic traditions while actually advancing expedient and radical innovations. The Islamo-fascist mullahs encourage young Muslims not to turn to their parents for guidance. The Nazis overwhelmed German society with these methods 70 years ago. There is building evidence that the radical Islamists are moving ever more successfully down the same path – particularly within the younger generations in Europe and, to a lesser extent, in the United States.

Here’s another take on the 1930s theory. This article shows how the Nazis did exactly what the Islamists are doing today – yelling Islamophobia whenever their ideology is rightfully criticized.

Adolf Hitler realized the importance of having a good press. In Nazi Germany with its press censorship, it was easy for Hitler to have a good press. However, during the 1930s the Nazis also tried to control the media in the neighboring European countries that Hitler was planning to invade. The Nazis bullied the democratically elected governments in these countries to censor everything that resembled what today might be called “Naziphobia” — criticism of Nazism.

Sound familiar? That’s exactly what the Islamist are doing today.

Interestingly, the bullied governments gave in to the Nazi intimidation rather than back the few courageous individuals who spoke out against totalitarianism. In the late 1930s, SS Gen. Karl Gebhardt (a medical doctor who was hanged after the war for conducting “experiments” on humans) frequently paid visits to his friend, King Leopold III of Belgium, to complain about “German-unfriendly remarks” in the Belgian press. King Leopold asked Paul-Henri Spaak, Belgium’s leading politician at the time, to forbid “anti-German” references in the Belgian media and ban non-Belgian papers that were critical of Hitler and his regime.

Good old Belgium. Seems they never learn do they? Today, with the EU as its HQ, they continue their policy of appeasing an enemy. Proof?

Spaak, who after the war became one of the founding fathers of the European Union, urged his colleagues in the government “to consider the possible consequences of the press campaigns against Germany.”

The ministers were also under pressure from Viscount Davignon, the Belgian ambassador to Berlin, who looked upon them as “cowards” because they did not “dare to impose censorship.” Belgium gave in to the Nazi demands and banned “anti-German and unpatriotic publications,” including foreign papers such as the British Daily Express.

Belgium‘s submission to the Nazi demands, however, did not prevent Hitler from invading the country in May 1940.

Fast forward to today. Islamists want similar self-censorship of their beliefs and actions by the free world.

Islamist extremists want a good press. They do not tolerate criticism. Even cartoons are deemed offensive. They warn those who criticize them “to consider the possible consequences.”

The main stream media take note. Wake up to the threat of Islam and refused to be intimidated. A free unintimidated press is needed to keep free people free.


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