Long After WWII the Fight Against the Fascism Lives on
Even if we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of D-day, it is not a rhetorical question. On the surface, World War II ended a long time ago, in 1945. However, the more accurate statement would be that the shooting war in Europe and the Pacific had ended, while one of the main reasons for the War in Europe – the conflict between one particular strain of Socialism (National Socialism), on the one side, with other versions of Socialism, and Capitalism, on the other side – had not. (Let us recall that USSR fought on the side of the Third Reich about one-third of World War II and about two-thirds – against the Third Reich.)
Seeds of (International) Socialism, supported by USSR, along with National Socialism, supported by the Third Reich, were spread in many countries before the War, during the War, and after the War. However, nowhere in the world do these seeds sprout to such political significance like in Latin America and the Middle East.
Marriage Between Islam and Socialism
The pioneer Middle Eastern movement that married Arabs and Socialism was the Muslim Brotherhood, established in 1928 in Egypt (a so-called Socialistic Theocracy). Such marriage was a manifestation of remarkable ideological propinquity between 7th-century semi-religion (Islam) and 19th-century semi-religion (Socialism.) The amalgamation of Islam and Socialism was exactly the mixture Soviet leaders liked; such mixture became a perfect breeding ground for international terrorism (under the pretense of “national liberation movement” and the “war against Israeli occupation of Arab lands” later). One of the first leaders who formally accepted Islamo-Socialistic ideas was Yasir Arafat, leader of PLO. In 1967, right after the Six-day War, he was rewarded with a brand-new KGB invention known as the Arab Palestinian nation (prior to 1967 only Jews were called Palestinians.)
Since the formal end of World War II, Socialists prefer peaceful, legislative, and incremental changes imposed on the host societies to achieve their goals of wealth redistribution. Modern Socialists are trying to avoid bloody revolutions; their modus operandi is a slow evolution. Within non-Muslim societies, except for periodic acts of terrorism, that is precisely the modus operandi of the Muslim Brotherhood (sometimes it is called gradualism.) That is one reason the Socialist movement joined forces with their ideological colleagues from the Muslim Brotherhood, who also prefer evolutionary changes in the world. In other words, the sympathy between President Obama and the Muslim Brotherhood was not without an underlying rationale.
“Muslim Socialism” is similar to orthodox Socialism; both call for the “just redistribution of wealth” and other classical left-wing, class-struggle ideas. In non-Muslim majority nations, such as the United States, Muslims are falsely designated as an “oppressed proletariat” class, while the Christian majority is falsely designated as the “oppressive bourgeoisie”; thus the virus of Muslim class struggle enters the host nation. The toxic seed of Socialism on Muslim soil has led to unique perspectives, like “Socialism is a way of life, not just economic order.” Recall that, according to Islam, “Islam is a way of life, not just a religion.”
The unbelievable, improbable marriage between dedicated Muslims and atheists-by-definition Socialists is one of the most remarkable events in human history.
In Latin America, a similar process took place – under the
name of Liberation Theology, also invented in the bowels of KGB, and propagated
by numerous Soviet agents and “useful idiots.” It reached the United States
under the name “Black Liberation Theology”; it reached the Vatican in the form
of Francis, the first openly Marxist Pope.
Syrian, Iraqi, and Other Arab National Socialists
The Baath Party, better known as the Arab Socialist Renaissance
Party, was established in 1947 in Syria.
The Baath Party was “nationalist,
populist, socialist, and revolutionary”; party’s slogan was “Unity,
Liberty, Socialism.” In 1951 their sister party was established in Iraq. In 1968 Iraqi Arab Socialist Renaissance Party
attempted to take power in coup d’état. One
of the essential revolutionaries was young socialist Saddam Hussein, who eventually
became president-dictator of the country in 1979.
Like their historical predecessors in Germany, Iraqi’s National Socialists fought fierce battles with their ideological cousins – Iraqi communists. Like another historical predecessor – Joseph Stalin – Saddam Hussein became a dictator after a bloody purge of his old comrades. (At the end, just like in post-WWII Germany, where a painful process of de-nazification took place, the slow process of de-baathization is currently underway in Iraq.)
The present leader of the socialist Baath party in Syria is president-dictator
Bashar Assad. In addition to Baath, Bashar
Assad is also affiliated with Syrian National Progressive Front. Note the importance of the words “National”
and “Progressive” in the name – it is the same “National” as in “National
Socialism,” and “Progressive” refers to the Progressive Era of Socialism, which
had its beginning from the progressive taxation, demanded by the “Communist
Manifesto” of Marx and Engels. The
Syrian National Progressive Front unites many parties – Syrian Communist Party,
Syrian Socialist Party, Syrian Social Nationalist Party (pay attention to the name
and official logo
of this party,) Democratic Socialist party, the Arab Socialist Union, and many
other leftist Pan-Arabist parties.
Hamas calls itself the “Islamic Resistance Movement.” In
their Charter, they proclaim,
“The Islamic Resistance Movement is one of the wings of the Muslim Brothers
in Palestine.” Also, in the Charter, Hamas commands (in pretty heretical for
traditional Islam way) that in a fight with Israel “a woman must go out and
fight the enemy even without her husband’s authorization, and a slave without
his masters’ permission.” In a conventional Soviet manner, the Hamas Charter
unloads on the imperialism of “occupiers” and “imperialist forces” of the
“capitalist West.” In general, some Hamas Charter chapters somewhat resemble ideas
of prominent Marxist Antonio Gramsci of reforming arts, culture, and education
for their “liberation” goals, but in terms of the jihad.
Sizable contributions to the Arab Socialist movement were made
by Muammar Gaddafi, who established a new socialist state in Libya called Jamahiriya (literally means “State of the
masses,” but it is neologism that could be traced to “Volksstaat” of Nazi Germany), as well by Egyptian President
Gamal Abdel Nasser, founder of the Arab Socialist Union.
The story of renaming Persia into Iran is one of the most fascinated stories in the Middle East. Persia existed for more than two millennia when in 1935 she gave up the pressure from the German National Socialists to adopt the new name – Iran. Why the Third Reich got involved? They knew that the country name in Farsi sounds like Eran, which is derived from the beloved in the Third Reich term “Aryan.” Nazis decided not to miss an opportunity to create allies in the Middle East, even in the name only. The common in the Middle East amalgam of atheists-socialists and Islamic radicals led to the deposition of Iranian Shah in 1979; eventually, Islamic forces overpowered the socialistic ones in the post-revolutionary Iran. Since that, Islamofascism became the accepted term for the mixture of Socialism and Islam.
Virus of Socialism in the Middle East
The virus of Socialism is always present in human society in a dormant form; like all other viruses, under certain conditions it self-activates.
It causes the host society great suffering, as we can see
from the numerous examples in the Middle East and elsewhere.
From the very beginning, Islam had elements loved by modern Socialists. For example, Islamic Zakat (the third pillar
of Islam, an additional mandatory tax on wealth at about 2.5% rate), is a
ready-to-go wealth redistribution scheme.
In the Middle East, the virus of Socialism has mutated into the virus of
Islamofascism, so dealing with such ideology is more complicated than dealing with
the Third Reich during World War II. The
United States and other NATO countries have spent trillions of dollars and
thousands of lives trying to “pacify” the region. However, the example of the Third Reich shows
that the only reliable way to suppress the symptoms of Islamofascism is the complete
destruction of the infected society and its complete rebuilding.
The virus of Socialism was so strong in the post-World War
II years in the Middle East, that the modern Jewish state of Israel,
established in 1948, was based on a socialistic, left-wing version of Zionism. The right-wing, capitalistic version of Zionism
by Vladimir Zhabotinsky was initially rejected, and it took Israelis about a
half of a century to turn the ship around and mostly reject the socialist
foundations of Israel.
From the American Perspective, World War II is Unfinished Business
Indeed, the American financial system recovered from the
World War II disaster only in 1975, during the Cold war, when the last payment
for the 30-year government War Bond was made.
The Cold War was a global conflict because the virus of Socialism is
very contagious. Due to the spread of
Socialistic ideas, the Cold War saw the same core participants as in World War
II; however, the battlefields had expanded from Europe and the Pacific into the
Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. The
current division is the same as it was before – on the one hand, it is Capitalism,
and on the other hand, various versions of traditional Socialism (including Globalism),
mixed with some regional ingredients.
The absence of a shooting World War III at the moment is
misleading; the shooting war never ceased in the Middle East since World War II
was formally over. Let us recall that World
War I did not solve all problems that led to World War I, and that war even created
brand-new problems after its end. In
fact, it had created conditions that played a crucial role in triggering World
War II. Again, some of the problems that
led to World War II were not solved by that war, and it had created even more
unsolved to present day problems.
The ideological conflict, started by the “Communist
Manifesto,” does not seem to show signs of slowing down due to the widespread
virus of Socialism, even though the number of socialistic countries has declined. However, the number of people worldwide who
support this bloody ideology increases from within.
If the United States and NATO allies would like to win in the end, declare full victory in World War II, and thereby prevent World War III, they better stop the contamination from the virus of Socialism. Seventy-five years after the D-day Normandy invasion, the Allies must pay special attention to the most dangerous strain of Socialism – which spreads by self-contamination.
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Gary Gindler is a writer for NRN. Gary has a Ph.D. in Physics and is an amateur WWII Historian, Numismatist, and the founder of a new science – Politiphysics. XVIII century Classical Liberal = XXI century Conservative. He blogs at Gary Gindler Chronicles. Follow Gary on Twitter.