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Adolf Hitler Came to Power 73 Years Ago Print E-mail
By: Jay Bushinsky
August 11, 2006


JERUSALEM -- When Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany 73 years ago after winning the country's last pre-war national election, his mesmerized supporters hailed him as a latter-day savior from what he depicted and they accepted as the danger of world Jewry.

After six years of total war with the United States, Great Britain, the Soviet Union and their allies pulverized the Third Reich's cities, killing tens of thousands of civilians while hundreds of thousands of German soldiers lost their lives on the front lines, Hitler was perceived by his disillusioned admirers as a destroyer -- the man responsible for leaving their country in ruins.

The same psychological transformation should and may indeed be taking place in Lebanon, not only among its enlightened and sophisticated Christian citizens, but also among their Sunni and Shiite Muslim counterparts as well. Nazi Germany's total defeat and the horrendous cost entailed in German lives, property and national pride changed the character of its post-war generation.  The policy of unconditional surrender advocated by British Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill and backed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the USSR's Josef Stalin created a new Germany that eventually won respect and trust as a member of the international community.

The same process could take place in Lebanon if only the same international community would refrain from premature diplomatic interference based on a misguided and unrealistic compulsion to let compassion take precedence over morality.  A cease fire is inevitable, but it should not be imposed before the pseudo-Islamic Hizbollah militia goes down in defeat and its anti-Semitic leader, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, is discredited as a latter-day Hitler.

Nasrallah's obsession about destroying Israel or turning it into a 21st century
version of hell on earth is enough reason to let him meet his fate.  He not only is a war criminal, as defined in Human Rights Watch's belated declaration that the launching of rockets and missiles at cities, towns and villages is a war crime, but he also is as vicious and repugnant a Jew hater as was Hitler's cohort, Julius Streicher, editor of the hate-filled newspaper, "Der Stuermer."

This demagogue who masquerades as a religious leader, has made countless slurs against Jews, Judaism and Jewry.  One of his most cynical comments was made Oct. 10, 2002, when he came out with this obscene and outrageous parody of Zionism:

"If they all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them
worldwide."

He was quoted by Michael Rubin in "Eradication First - Before Diplomacy," in an article published July 17, 2006, by the American Enterprise Institute as saying:

"They (the Jews) are a cancer which is liable to spread again at any moment."

And according to Melbourne's "The Age," he said:

"There is no solution to the conflict in the region except with the disappearance of Israel."

It is incredible that Lebanon's fate has fallen into the hands of this man.Despite the fact that he is merely the leader of a heavily-armed (by Syria) and lavishly-subsidized (by Iran) militia and not an elected leader of a sovereign and democratic state (Lebanon), Nasrallah has the temerity to set terms for a cease fire: the total withdrawal of Israeli forces from Lebanese territory and the immediate cessation of military activity.  Not one word was uttered by him about the cause of the current crisis: Hizbollah's abduction of two Israeli soldiers from Israeli territory a month ago (July 12).  His purported religious scruples did not prompt him to let delegates of the International Committee of the Red Cross visit them in captivity or authorize his underlings to reveal their physical and mental condition or send messages to their distraught families.  After all, the Nazis did not bother to do such things with their captive Jews and the ICRC visits to their concentration and death camps were mere charades at best.

Nasrallah is being boosted by extremists in the Arab and Muslim worlds as a hero. Songs have been composed and dedicated to him, TV cassettes featuring his speeches are being marketed openly or secretly in bazaars (depending on the country in which they are situated) and foreign correspondents have been featuring him center-stage and an intriguing and unusual personality.  But the reality is totally different: Nasrallah is a fugitive, scurrying from one underground bunker to another to escape the wrath of Israel's air force and all the while assuring his own physical safety while the helpless people of Lebanon cower in makeshift air raid shelters and fall victim to bombs and rockets meant for him, not them.
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