WWHD (What Would Hitler Do?) seems to be surfacing as the new slogan for faithful Muslim youth in the Middle East. What are we to make of it when the random Arab youth casually opines that we should follow Hitler's example and "burn the Jews"? What kind of religion produces people so filled with pure hatred that they by nature suggest genocide as a religiously-authorized solution to a quarrel over state boundaries, with no moral hesitation whatsoever?
The Free West brought my attention to a Lebanese talk show in which this very thing happened. In that talk show on Hizbollah TV on November 29, 2005, the following exchange occured:
Mediator: The Arab regimes have all accepted the establishing of a Palestinian state on the territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. In other words, the 1967 borders only. They believe that the reality and the balance of power do not allow more than that at this stage. Do you support this "realism," or do you adhere to what has come to be known as the historical, original Palestine? Let us... Let us... Go ahead.It is difficult to comprehend that these Arab students actually look to Hitler as an example of how to deal with the Jews. It reveals a lot about the underlying belief structure that could allow them to believe that Hitler's extermination of the Jews is something that can be pursued in good conscience by the Arabs, precisely because, as the student noted, they are "a great Islamic nation of Jihad." In other words, this student was voicing exactly what Stu pointed out in his recent post about Islam's doctrinal position on genocide and war. He was explicitly linking Islamic doctrine approvingly to the Holocaust, or rather, he was basing approval of the Holocaust and suggestion of a new Holocaust on Islamic doctrine, with no hint that such barbarism might be forbidden by Islam.