According to rightbloggers, such as Jonah Goldberg and Paul Berman, they’re not allowed to talk about links between Islam and Nazism.
The gist of Goldberg’s argument today is that there was a connection between Islam and Nazis and no one in the mainstream media is talking about it, and so Goldberg and other rightbloggers are being silenced on the issue.
Yeah, I know, it doesn’t make any sense.
On his blog today he pulls some text from Berman’s recent post in the Wall Street Journal.
“In our present Age of the Zipped Lip,” Berman moans, “you are supposed to avoid making any of the following inconvenient observations about the history and doctrines of the Islamist movement.”
Among the taboo topics is the Islamic-Nazi connection.
Berman assures us that “no one disputes that the Nazis collaborated with several Islamist leaders.”
Yes, I’m sure it’s indisputable.
And he said that “Nazi inspirations have visibly taken root among present-day Islamists, notably in regard to the demonic nature of Jewish conspiracies and the virtues of genocide.”
Goldberg is shocked that “such an enormously significant historical fact – the Nazi-Islamist connection – could be ignored for so long.”
Well I don’t think it’s been ignored. The issue is that 70 years later, it’s only of academic significance. I can’t imagine a front page New York Times story with the headline “Islamic-Nazi Connection Exposed” popping up in the near future.
It’s not news that Islam has had a serious beef with Jews – they have for a very very long time – even before Hitler.
It’s also not news that many people in the US, Christians even, supported Hitler. In fact, the George W. Bush’s grandfather was a shareholder and director of companies that benefited from Hitler’s rise to power. Historical documents show that Prescott Bush financially backed Hitler – these are actual war crimes.
My question is this, what does Goldberg hope to achieve by connecting the dots between Islam and Hitler? Should we launch another Crusade against Muslims? How about burning down all of the mosques in the US and rounding members of the religion and putting them concentration camps like we did with the Japanese during World War II? What’s the practical application that can be gleaned from this historical observation?
And who’s telling Goldberg he can’t talk about this stuff? His own blog post refers to two recently published books on the matter. That’s right, books on printed paper and sold in book stores. Yeah that’s some serious suppression of ideas there.
My theory is that Goldberg, like many rightbloggers, is trying to ratchet up the hatred towards Muslims because they are today’s enemy du joir. It used to be communists, and to Glenn Beck it’s both commies and Muslims, but for most of the rightwingers out there – we’re at war with Islam.
They’ve got to hate somebody – I guess.