On ISIS and the Fearsome Rhyming of History

 

“History doesn’t repeat itself but it often rhymes.”

- Mark Twain

It had been nearly two years. And it was bloody. Very, very bloody. In June, 1941 the National Socialist (Nazi) state of Germany sat on top of the world. Emerging from the humiliating ashes of World War I and the economic devastation of the Great Depression, Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party saw themselves transformed from a fringe party to the most powerful ideological and military force in the world. Before the war began in September, 1939, the Rhineland, Austria and Czechoslovakia fell bloodlessly thanks to bullying hysterics by Hitler and passive enabling by the world powers. Next, almost inconceivably, the Nazis struck a last minute (and quite cynical) alliance with their hated enemy, Communist Soviet Union. And then all hell would break loose. Within ten months, Poland, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, and France would fall. One year further, Yugoslavia and Greece would be be subjugated as well. And now, the Soviet Union.

Having broken countless promises already, Hitler found no difficulty betraying the Communists who so recently afforded him free reign across Europe . The Nazi-Soviet pact provided Hitler the ability to attack the West without fearing a Soviet attack on his flank. Now, in June 1941 with nearly all of Europe but Britain dominated, Hitler was poised to invade the Soviet Union.

Now rather than recapitulate what is still considered the most massive invasion (in manpower, materiel, and front size) the world has ever seen, I wanted to draw attention to a curious and horrific detail. From the beginning of Adolf Hitler’s accession to the role of Fuhrer, he and his paramilitary (first the brownshirted “SA” and later the blackshirted “SS”) were at odds with the existing combined German military (the Wehrmacht). Many in the military saw Hitler as a screeching ruffian surrounded by drunk, brawling “toughs”. Trying to avoid full-blown violent conflict between these two entities was a constant balancing act Hitler was trying to manage. When Poland was invaded and the SS perpetrated some rather heinous acts on civilians, there were elements of the German Army who were taken aback. Hitler’s answer was to wrest administrative control of Poland from the Army and place it into the ruthless hands of the SS, ostensibly so that the Army could rest and rebuild for the next military campaign. But the story doesn’t end there. Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of Soviet Union, was being planned in earnest. And yet, the planning and training wasn’t just tactical, but ideological. Messages were given to the Army and the SS that this was a racial and political war against degenerate Jews and filthy Communists. Given the beasts the Nazis felt they would encounter, they were freed from even the least humane standards and encouraged (if not required) to execute Jews, Slavs, Gypsies and Communists. As Hitler would command,

“The war against Russia will be such that it cannot be conducted in a knightly fashion. This struggle is one of ideologies & racial differences & will have to be conducted with unprecedented, unmerciful, & unrelenting harshness.”

We are writing history anew: from a racial standpoint.”

—With plans that originated in his 1925 polemic Mein Kampf (“My Struggle”), Hitler intended to exterminate or enslave the “defective” races and competing ideologies (especially Communism) and turn the Soviet Union into a eugenically-planned Nazi paradise. But first, the devil’s work would have to be done.

On June 22, 1941 at 3:30 am, the invasion would begin. The Army would lead and within weeks drive dizzingly deep into Soviet territory. While front line fighting would determine the status of the war, the butchery behind the lines would determine the status of the imminent Nazi utopia. The lines had been blurred between the strategic fighting of the Army and the ideological fighting of Nazi forces coming in behind the advancing front lines. But Hitler, SS Chief Heinrich Himmler and Reich Main Security Office Director Reinhard Heydrich wanted there to be no mistake about the extermination to be done as the front line advanced, so Heydrich established the four Einsatzgruppen (“task forces”) comprised of 600-1000 men with the following charge (as described by historian Ian Kershaw),

“[Heydrich] addressed the [Einsatzgruppen] on a number of occasions…He mentioned that Jewry was the source of Bolshevism in the East and had to be eradicated in accordance with the Fuhrer’s aims. And he told them that Communist functionaries and activists, Jews, Gypsies, saboteurs and agents endangered the security of the troops and were to be executed forthwith. By June 22 the genocidal whirlwind was ready to blow.”

And so the horrors would ensue.

The Nazi war apparatus and its machinery of genocide began as a small, fledgling movement which picked up followers, financing, weapons and territory. For a time, Hitler’s opponents dismissed and underestimated him. Soon, however, they were bargaining with and appeasing him. And finally they were dominated and enslaved by him. Until someone stood up to him. Fully aware of the financial costs, political price and human loss that would come with resistance, those who resisted found there was no choice. The barbarism of tortured slavery was no alternative. Someone stood up to him. And won.

Thank God this is history.

Because wouldn’t it be terrible if a vicious ideological movement were moving across great swaths of land with lightning speed (blitzkrieg, if you will) consuming city after city, brutally expropriating people of their belongings, vaporizing their culture, torturing, raping and killing them with a nearly unparalleled gleeful sadism? Wouldn’t it be horrible if children and elders died of thirst after days in the wilderness shaking with fear that soon they might be murdered for their faith or ethnicity? Wouldn’t it be devastating to see symbols adorning homes and businesses systematically designating them to be targeted for terror and mayhem? Wouldn’t it be frightening if this movement were growing in followers, financing, weaponry and territory? And what if nobody but the tragic and vulnerable victims stood up to them? 

Perhaps that would be the most horrible thing of all.

Never again? These two words are declared again and again to commemorate genocide and atrocities. In somber graveyards, stark museums and ornate banquet halls, spines are stiffened, fists are tightened and jaws are clenched. “This should never have happened”, we say. “This should never happen again”, we insist. Never again. It is a great sentiment.

Indeed.

But actions speak louder than words.

  • http://www.worthynews.com/ Joe DeCaro

    Hitler’s war in the East and ISIS’ war in the (Middle) East are both a “war of annihilation”.

    As with Hitler, ISIS’ quest for lebensraum will be at the expense of the lives of Christians and Jews who get in the way of its latest Caliphate/Reich.

    Hitler had “Mein Kampf”; Muslims their Quran.

  • Guest

    2 Thessalonians 2, 9-12
    And his coming is according to the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all wicked deception to those who are perishing. For they have not received the love of truth that they might be saved. Therefore God sends them a misleading influence that they may believe falsehood, that all may be judged who have not believed the truth, but have preferred wickedness.

    http://www.kngvkngs.wordpress.com/d/

  • http://www.thefeverchart.com/ Mark Gordon

    The Hitler analogy is spot on, but in both cases Western stupidity led directly to the unfolding tragedies. If the Allies had not humiliated and crippled Germany after the First World War, Hitler might not have risen. Similarly, if the United States and its allies had not invaded and occupied Iraq in 2003, the rough and often brutal balance Saddam Hussein had achieved – which included toleration for Christians and other minorities – would not have been upset.

    • Guest

      Sorry fella, that dog won’t hunt.

      • Disqus User

        Not only does it hunt, it is spot on.

        • Guest

          Only to someone who failed history class, and has the sort of ‘blame the victim’ mentality so expertly exploited by the Nazis, and these days, the ‘Palestinians’. That’s not merely naïve, it is odious. I don’t understand how anyone can be so out of touch with reality unless they’re simple or something.

          • http://www.thefeverchart.com/ Mark Gordon

            You have no idea what you’re talking about, which is why you don’t even bother to mount an argument, but resort immediately to the ad hominem. “Dog won’t hunt.” “Failed history class.” “Blame the victim mentality.” “Out of touch with reality.” These aren’t arguments, they’re cliches; and their provenance is transparent. Let me guess, you’ve been “Hannitized,” right? If you want to go toe to toe on the facts, then make an argument. Otherwise, shut up.

          • Guest

            Gonna MAKE ME, little baby?

          • http://www.thefeverchart.com/ Mark Gordon

            Yeah, that’s what I thought.

          • Guest

            Get off the dope, leftist. When did you ever actually think?

    • EMBuckles

      To make a long story short, the Saddam Hussein “thugocracy” had its “roots” going all the way back to Hitler. The US should have taken out Saddam Hussein back in the first invasion of Iraq during the George H.W. Bush administration. If Iraq had not been invaded the second time, Hussein would have obtained the weapons of mass destruction he desired, there would have been major war in the Middle East and it eventually would have spilled over into the rest of that part of the world, dragging the US into a major war. There would have been terrorists over here, and in other nations, trying to cripple or destroy us. Efforts need to intensify to totally take out the terrorists including Hamas.

      • Derby

        “If Iraq had not been invaded the second time, Hussein would have obtained the weapons of mass destruction he desired”

        Doubtful, considering the poorly progressing state of his military program and the steady international scrutiny of his weapons programs.

        • EMBuckles

          Not doubtful at all. Left alone, and tyrant that he was, Hussein would have kept at it and finally gotten the weapons he desired. I am also thankful that his two sons were taken out of the picture. If Hussein had died and one of them started to rule Iraq, there likely would have been even more problems. In the human body, cancerous tumors start very small and, if not surgically removed, they become larger and kill people. The same is true of most tyrants. If Hussein had been left in power, he would have eventually threatened that part of the world and caused adverse effects which we would have felt over here as well.

          • naturgesetz

            When Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, we stopped him. If we believed that he posed such an imminent threat to he is neighbors in 2003 that it was necessary to remove him from power, we should have been better prepared for the aftermath. It seems that Joe Biden was right at the time: the country should have been divided into separate entities for the Kurds, the Sunnis, and the Shiites.

          • EMBuckles

            Well, Biden was probably right. My understanding is that the allies created Iraq quite some time ago by cobbling together the separate entities. And with Hussein doing things like invading another nation and gassing the Kurds, as well as things going on in Iraq at the time (torture, oppression, etc.) I tend to feel that, yeah, he WAS an imminent threat.

          • Mancave001

            Biden hasn’t been right about anything. Ever. Two years ago he was saying Iraq was going to be a smashing success.

    • Mancave001

      That’s idiocy. We don’t know what might have happened. Any number of things, from Saddam getting overthrown, to him putting aside ideology and directly supporting AQ, to further attacks on Israel (already funded by Saddam) may have occurred. What we do know is that support or oppose the 2003 invasion , the precipitous withdrawal the US made led to the current situation.

  • Jose Elizabeth Allen Hawkins

    The only problem with that is… we, in England, were living in our bomb flattened towns and cities for two plus years before . They made Gaza look like a good place to be. We lived in shelters and had to have “Sunray Treatments ” to counteract the negative effects of living inside homes and shelters. We too suffered from Shell Shock, as it was called : PTSD now.(that sounds better for the government). My Mother , who had lived through the very first shelling of civilians in the first world war was doubly shocked.

    • EMBuckles

      I am sorry to learn that you and your Mother had to go through all of that, Ms. Hawkins. May God bless you.

  • dan

    The Nazi’s SS was an occult black magic organization. Look at the invasion date 22 and 3:30 = 33 Masonic number. These psychotic Pharaoh worshippers named their new Schutz Staffel ISIS. take away the vowels and you have SS. All operated and controlled by the same people. Hitler was funded by all the banksters. America Robber barons contributed to mass terror and all the money went to the Pharohs in Switzerland.


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