Radical Islam revealed itself to the world on Sept. 11, 2001, the date in which 19 Islamic extremists killed themselves in their successful quest to kill as many innocent Americans as possible. This radical element continues to manifest itself with an attempted car bombing in Times Square, an underwear bomber, a mass murderer at Fort Hood and numerous other examples around the world. Yet the problem faced by the Western democracies and moderate Islamic states today does not entirely reside with radical Islam.
To understand the nature of the immoral enemy confronting the free world today, we need to open up the lens and acknowledge that radical Islam has resonated, historically and presently, with the two great socialist movements of the 20th century, Nazism and Communism, and that those two movements were entirely Western and European in their origin. Like radical Islam, Nazism and Communism sought, as their ultimate goal, world conquest and a one-world utopian government under their respective alleged enlightened rule. All three movements, Nazism, Communism and radical Islam, advanced the cause of the totalitarian state ruled by a strong leader controlling all aspects of the lives of citizens. The Nazis called this the Furherprincip, the Communists called it the Dictatorship of the Proletariat, and the radical Islamists call it the Caliphate.
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All three radical movements have advocated a state of perpetual war against their own people and an ongoing war to be waged against the rest of the world until the entire planet submits to their will. The Nazis called it Blitzkreig, the Communists called it Revolution, the radical Islamists call it Jihad. All three movements have called for total social control of their respective populations. The Nazis justified this in their quest to create the Ubbermench, or the Master Race, a race that they believed would rule all of mankind with cosmic wisdom. The Communists called it collectivism, and the radical Islamists call it Shariah Law. All three hold the ideal state to be one that involves the overall docility and submission of the population at large to a secular and earthly higher authority.
All three have employed the tactic of terror to scare their own people and those living outside their control into a state of submission. All three have sought total state control over their respective cultures, what Karl Marx referred to as public control over the "means of communication." All three believe that the secular state should maintain a literal monopoly over definitions of what is real, which in the de facto sense means that the state controls the minds of its subjects. In the book "Hitler Speaks" Adolf Hitler, speaking like the true socialist he was, is quoted as saying: "There is no such thing as truth, in the moral or in the scientific domain."
Nazism was crushed in Europe in 1945, and Communism mostly went into eclipse with the collapse of the Evil Soviet Empire in 1990 – but a socialized and radicalized form of Islam continues to live on to fight another day. Amin al-Husseini should be viewed as the father of modern radical Islam in the same way his fellow socialists, Lenin, Stalin, Hitler and Mao, were the fathers of the two European socialisms, Nazism and Communism. Amin al-Husseini was closely allied with Hitler's regime from its inception and until it's collapse in 1945, and his movement was closely allied with the Soviet Union from 1945 until it's collapse in 1990. Since then, radical Islam has taken on a life of its own.
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President George W. Bush declared war on radical Islam after the 9/11 attack and made good on that promise by toppling the Taliban in Kabul and Saddam Hussein in Baghdad. In that policy, Bush was following in the footsteps of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who led a coalition of free nations in a war that led to the unconditional surrender of the Nazis, and of President Ronald Reagan, who likewise led a coalition of nations against the evil Soviet Empire. Whether or not President Barack Obama has the vision, or whether he understands the moral imperative to see the war against radical Islam through, remains an open question.
Chuck Morse is the author of "The Nazi Connection to Islamic Terrorism: Adolf Hitler and Haj Amin Al-Hussein."