Jihad Watch Board Vice President Hugh Fitzgerald discusses the alliance between the Aryan Nations and the global jihad:
A few selections from the Aryan Nations website:
“There never was a holocaust I wish there were but unfortunately it’s nothing but another jewish fable, a holohoax as we call it, used to extort money out of countries, companies and anyone who will listen to the poor crying jews!”
“we are NOT adherents of the christian cult and we do not call ourselves christians!”
“When speaking of Aryan Islam, I’m referring to the spiritual and intellectual movement of those idealistic Aryan youth who embrace the TRUE Islam of the Qur’an and Sunnah. They include those who join or support the honorable warriors of Islam, the Mujahideen. We are an increasing number and can’t be dismissed as “race-traitors” or any other labels attached to us by those who don’t practice the TRUE National Socialism of honor and nobility.”
–˜…a link is created between Islam and National-Socialism on an open, honest basis. It will be directed in terms of blood and race from the North, and in the ideological-spiritual sphere from the East.” – ObergruppenfÃ¼hrer Gottlob Berger; 1942″
“There is much information on the respect and cooperation that Adolf Hitler and others of the Third Reich had for Islam. This would be a good read for all those that claim to be National Socialists”¦”
“The jew is a parasite, an enemy of our Western Civilization.”
“Islam is our ally, and the 1500 cults all claiming to be “Christian” are our opposition”¦”
This is the most natural alliance in the world. In its emphasis on the collective, the umma, and indifference to individual autonomy, including the right to freedom of conscience, Islam has a good deal in common with Fascism.
The best article on this subject is that of Ibn Warraq, who takes an essay by Umberto Eco, in which the latter attempts to construct a description of Fascism. Ibn Warraq then applies each of the fourteen defining characteristics of Fascism to Islam, to see how well or ill those characteristics apply — from an emphasis on a remote and largely imaginary past glory, to the division of the world between Believer and Infidel, to the need for a Final Triumph of former over latter.
Furthermore, the kind of psychically marginal people who join neo-Nazi groups are looking for the solace of a Total Explanation of the Universe because, for them, life is simply too confused and unsettling. Islam offers the same — and in this respect, “reverts” to Islam who come to it out of some Spiritual Quest for Meaning are, on the whole, far more troublesome than those who are, through no fault of their own, born into Islam.
There are those who converted to Islam (what one might have done five or ten years ago is no longer possible with quite the same innocence today), but who, having made that choice, possibly based on all sorts of dreamy notions of Rumi and whirling dervishes and mysticism, and the supposed “universalism” of Islam (actually a vehicle for Arab imperialism), took their time in slowly understanding what it was all about, and then, deciding that possibly it could be “reformed,” came to realize that that too was an illusory prospect, in some cases offered up by Muslim apologists, or by Muslims-on-the-make eager for foundation handouts to engage in some “reform” project. There are so many “brave new reformist Muslims” running around one can hardly get through their guff to get to the Ali Sinas and Ibn Warraqs, who have cogently explained why this “reform” business is a forlorn hope. But it takes awhile. When one is dealing with the difficult task of admitting to oneself that a spiritual choice was, in fact, wrong, or based on a misunderstanding, it is painful and requires courage, to walk away. And of course for many it is also dangerous, given the treatment of apostates in Islam.
The psychically marginal have always wanted to submerge their beings in a Collective. Any Collective will do, as long as they can be spared the anguish of thinking for themselves. Anything that provides a Total Explanation of the Universe, and what’s more, a Total Regulation of Life, is likely to be welcome. The psychically marginal — John Walker Lindh, David Hicks, and Richard Reid all come to mind — are of course joined by the economically marginal, who seek a vehicle for the expression of their alienation from The System, whatever that system may be.
Islam and Fascism (or in this case Neo-Nazism) both offer that Collective, that Total Explanation, that Total Regulation. And if, as is shown here, one can throw in a shared hysterical antisemitism, that is one more unsavory link.
What one needs is for the development of an intelligent alarm being sounded about Islam and the jihadist impulse — which can only come, it seems, once these aspects of it as a mental construct are understood. One could do worse than re-publish and spread about Eric Hoffer’s “The True Believer.” It is a human type, and in an earlier age, in the Western world, it would not have been Islam but Fascism that would have attracted the kind of people who, today, constitute the reservoir of potential “reverters.”
That this is deliberately not understood reflects the desire of so many not to see Islam for what it is, and to perform mental gymnastics of every sort to keep on avoiding the difficult and unpleasant truth.