Hitler and the Arabs

The briefest of reviews for this book in The Middle East Quarterly, a book that would probably be better titled as Nazism and Islam. The characteristic totalitarian traits shared by both Nazism and political Islam has not gone unnoticed: an observation conspicuously absent within the Regressive Left (a superb term coined by Maajid Nawaz). Is it because they harbour the very same authoritarian dispositions? For more on the topic see New York Review of BooksThe Tablet, The TelegraphMatthias KüntzelEmerson Vermaat’s take on Erdoğan, and Jeffrey Herf.

It was the Nazis who were the first to partner with radical Muslims against the Jews . . . in many respects, radical Muslims can be viewed as the Nazis of today

You see, it’s been our misfortune to have the wrong religion…. The Mohammedan religion…would have been much more compatible with us than Christianity. Why did it have to be Christianity with its meekness and flabbiness? — Albert Speer, Inside the Third Reich: memoirs