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Arab columnist discovers that Arab youth admire Hitler

The coming dark age: A Bahrainii columnist was shocked to discover that within the Middle East there is a strong admiration by young people for Adolf Hitler.

The young girls’ admiration of Hitler’s personality and their inclination towards powerful [figures] led me to search for [material] on ‘Hitler adoration’ and fandom, and indeed, I discovered a wide spectrum of young Arabs who love Hitler. Some said they admired him for killing the Jews, but most were enchanted by his strength, determination, and steadfastness. This begs the question: What is behind these young peoples’ love of strength? Are they fans of the violence engulfing the region? Or does the sense of helplessness and weakness [cause them] to adore of a figure who challenged the world with his strength and led an entire people to fight the world?

We are facing a generation of young people who read [books], in an age when reading is considered obsolete – except that these [young people] read [material] of a very worrisome stripe, and acquire twisted values that could impact their future awareness, the extent of their control over things, and their situational assessments. The desire for acquiring and expressing power and for challenging the other has become a secret wish that steals into the hearts of these young people and which is expressed in many ways. This wish reflects the reality of a crisis-ridden, unstable society, [a reality whose expressions] range from suppression of free expression to the use of extreme violence on all levels – verbal, physical, and electronic [media violence].”

There are so many aspects of this story that are tragic and horrifying for the future that I myself do not know where to begin. The only saving grace that I can find is the intelligent and thoughtful horror expressed by the Arabian columnist herself, suggesting that within the Arab world there still remains some good will and a desire for civilization. Unfortunately, my sense is that she is part of a small minority who is losing ground steadily.


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  • wayne

    Nazi Collaborators – The Grand Mufti
    Mohammad Amin al-Husayni

  • Localfluff

    The world has more peace, freedom and wealth now than ever. With the exception of the arab world. All people in the world contribute great things to our common wealth. The liberation of the Soviet sphere and the industrialization of south and east and Asia have been so great for billions of people and by trade for all of us. Africa doesn’t contribute much in terms of industrial goods, but despite their dire economy they contribute culturally. They practically dominate music and sports. (If other countries didn’t have destructive agricultural policies boycotting the African family farmers, and if there weren’t local looting politicians blocking extraction of Africa’s great natural resources, they would be industrialized, and with a large share of the world’s young people, they surely will be the next big manufacturing continent).

    But what does the arab world contribute with? What good comes from them? Has anyone here ever bought anything manufactured in an arab country? No science research is being done in any arab country. They haven’t evolved at all since their stone age 6th century. Islam became the first and only cultural heritage they have, having appeared as soon as they got a written language and islam closed the door on any influence or change. The stone age was brutal in all societies because nature is brutal when one is that poor. The problem with the arabs is that they’ve stayed there even until today and violently insist on staying there.

    Imagine the people of the Middle East going back to their pre-islam cultures! The Persians, the Egyptians, the Byzantium. Even the arabs themselves who navigated the desert to trade, before they became muslims and violent retarded parasites. Unfortunately, genetic damages from a thousand years of inbreeding might have made an irreversible impression on the people of the Middle East and the best the rest, the good, part of the world has to do is to isolate this pest.

  • wayne

    After Mohammad Amin al-Husayni died (of old age) his cousin, Yasser Arafat took over the cause.

  • Tom Billings

    The fact that young people can adore a tyrannous mass murderer should not be news. In the West I still meet college students who declare themselves Stalinists! Homo Sapiens Sapiens is a species of large, obstreperously violent, primates. Hypergamy among young women is not a new phenomenon, even in relation to mass murderers. Young men seeking to exploit that attraction to “strong men” by aping the men young women are attracted to is no novelty.

    Wherever all other possible idols are made politically suspect and risky to promote, it is natural for a Jew-killer to become popular with those who do not study history. After all, a higher percentage of Jews participate in industrial society around the world than any other ethnic group, and it is the networks of industrial society, physical, political, market, intellectual, and spiritual networks, that undermine the Bahraini hierarchy making other idols risky to promote. This is so even though the wealth of those networks is what makes Bahraini society more than a small trading town squeezed between the desert of Arabia and the desert of salt water.

    The real desert throughout so much of the Arab world is the dearth of role models that accept what needs to be done to participate in industrial society as good. In fact, we in the US are suffering from that more than we did 50 years ago. The socialist wave of reaction (1916-1991) was efficient at removing them from US history books. The Arab world simply does not have the advantage of an historical backlog of such role models during the 200 years previous to 1965.

  • pzatchok

    Seriously someone is surprised by these findings?

    After a lifetime of being told all non Muslims are evil and Jews are the devils directing them, people are surprised that the youth of Islam are admiring the greatest Jew killer of all time?

    That is as stupid as wondering why racists admired General Lee and Nathan Bedford Forest after the American civil war.

  • Edward

    Are you telling us that the people of the religion of Jihad admire an infidel leader who waged his own Jihad?

    I guess that makes sense.

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