Saturday, February 09, 2008

"Then Allah brought Hitler to rule over them." - Sayid Qutb

We thought and we think that the ideological and military confrontation with radical Islam should not be waged only from the right-of-center side of the political spectrum. The battle against anti-Semitism, terror, and the aftereffects of National Socialism and of the continuing crisis of modernization in the Arab and Islamic world should also be an important component of Western liberalism.

- Jeffery Herf, in What Does Coming to Terms with the Past Mean in the Berlin Republic in 2007?

Read it all in the latest Telos. And I mean read every last word of it.

Brought to my attention by my Geordie comrade, against whom I will not tolerate a single unkind word.

Herf is a co-author of American Liberalism and the Euston Manifesto. The Euston Manifesto - if new visitors here ever wonder what the little poster on this page to the right is all about - is, well, click it. Go on. I know you want to. Euston Canada is here.

3 Comments:

Blogger OregonGuy said...

Thanks. Great article.

I fear, for us, the code words are already there for the new face of social nationalism within the anti-Globalization crowd. Capitalism and greed. Paste on a few hooked-noses and voila! the image of pre-war Germany is complete.

I'm afraid that in its nascency the people of Germany simply couldn't see the plain nose on their faces. A man's words are the window to his soul. Utter the words of your enemy. They should leave the taste of ash in your mouth.

"After Hitler, the meaning of political sophistication changed. We need to apply this transformed and post-totalitarian understanding to the public statements..." of anyone who seeks to assault or assail the freedoms of any individual.

3:07 PM  
Blogger Transmontanus said...

"Capitalism and greed. Paste on a few hooked-noses and voila!"

Aye.

"They should leave the taste of ash in your mouth."

Aye and aye.

t

3:19 PM  
Blogger SnoopyTheGoon said...

Your Geordie comrade is supporting that traitor Hitchens (quit smoking Dec 2007). Both will pay for it one of these days...

But that was an aside. To the case at hand - I don't think that Mr Qutb missed too widely with that quoted statement. But them I'm an infidel in any religion.

12:13 PM  

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