If you really want to understand the Middle East, Islamo-fascism and the terrorist threat that continues to plague the West, there are a number of good books that are indispensable.
There is the best history of the modern “Palestinian conflict,” called “From Time Immemorial,” by Joan Peters. I once called it “the beginning of understanding” of the issue. I haven’t changed my mind – even following several tours as a Middle East correspondent.
More recently came Aaron Klein’s “The Late Great State of Israel,” a book that brings much of that crucial history compiled by Peters up to date.
I would also highly recommend Klein’s “Schmoozing With Terrorists,” soon to be a major motion picture, if you want to comprehend the way the most dangerous terrorists in the Middle East actually think and what they believe.
What all three of these primers have in common is the kind of meticulous, first-hand research that no one else has ever done.
There’s a new arrival on the scene, actually a book first self-published by the author and just reissued for broader national distribution by WND Books, that best explains why the rhetoric and actions of so many of today’s Islamic radicals bear such striking resemblance to those of Adolf Hitler’s Nazis.
It’s called “The Nazi Connection to Islamic Terrorism,” by Chuck Morse. And it documents the very real connection between the two – not a theoretical one, but a real-world relational link that is both undeniable and relevant to today’s headlines.
Why does Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sound like Hitler?
It’s not hard to understand when you know the history.
For thousands of years, the country we now know as Iran was known as Persia.
But in 1935, the shah of Iran, the father of the man deposed in 1979, was a Nazi sympathizer. He hated the Jews. So he decided to show his true stripes by renaming his country Iran, which literally means “land of the Aryans.”
Later, that same shah welcomed Haj Mohammad Amin al-Husseini, the exiled grand mufti of Jerusalem, into the country. The mufti was on the run because of his pro-Nazi work and his efforts in attempting to bring the Jewish Holocaust to the Middle East. Al-Husseini would later go on to inspire and tutor Yasser Arafat in the art of Jew-killing. Arafat referred to al-Husseini as “uncle.”
The Nazi shah may have received good notices from Berlin, but London was none too thrilled with his pro-Nazi position. And, unfortunately for him and fortunately for the rest of the world, Hitler did not conquer the world. The shah was deposed by the British and replaced with his son.
But the name “Iran” stuck. And it illustrates the visceral, underlying anti-Semitism that has shown itself throughout history in the Islamic world.
Today, we have Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president. He sees visions of the coming “mahdi” – the Islamic savior who will wrest control of the world from the infidels. He threatens Israel with destruction. He denies the Holocaust. He threatens the West. He builds nuclear bombs.
Some in the West believe he can be reasoned with. Of course, there were many in the West who believed the same about Hitler.
Remarkably, and with little notice or understanding, 65 years after the suicide death of Hitler and the end of the Nazi Holocaust, the spirit of the Third Reich lives on in the Middle East and throughout the Islamic world.
That’s why no library of contemporary history is complete with without Chuck Morse’s “The Nazi Connection to Islamic Terrorism.”
It’s a book key to understanding the jihadist mindset and threat. In fact, it’s a book key to ensuring the history of genocidal fanaticism doesn’t repeat itself in the 21st century.