Sunday, December 18, 2005

Ahmadinejad’s Kampf

In November 1923, Adolf Hitler entered a beer hall in Munich and fired a pistol into the ceiling. He announced that he was about to overthrow the Bavarian state government and install himself and the National Socialist German Workers’ Party as the new revolutionary government of Bavaria.

Hitler, Maurice, Kriebel, HessWith that, he and his fellow Nazis — along with the renowned hero of the Great War, General Ludendorff — marched towards the government offices in what became known as the “Beer Hall Putsch.” Unfortunately for the Nazis, they were met by the police, who ordered them to halt and then fired into the crowd, leaving more than a dozen Nazis dead.

This debacle turned out to be the event that launched Hitler’s career: the putsch made him into a household name across Germany. After a well-publicized trial he was sentenced to five years in prison, of which he served but nine months. During his incarceration Hitler was allowed not only pencil and paper, but also the secretarial services of his loyal follower Rudolf Hess.

Hitler spent his time dictating to Hess the infamous Mein Kampf, a rambling memoir and political diatribe that touched all the bases which eventually became so familiar to Germany and the rest of the world. His genocidal goals were not hidden; they were all laid out in Mein Kampf for anyone to see.

Fifteen years later in 1938, when the senior statesmen of Europe were negotiating away large chunks of territory from other people’s countries and giving them to Germany, they were acting on the assumption that Herr Hitler did not mean what he said back in 1925; that those were simply the somewhat intemperate writings of a man who was otherwise a politician just like they were; that once his demands for the return of the Volk to the Reich were met, Der Führer would be satisfied and the world (except for some unfortunate Jews, gypsies, and so on) could once again live in peace.

But Hitler’s agenda was clear, and it was all laid out in his book:
     The danger to which Russia succumbed is always present for Germany. Only a bourgeois simpleton is capable of imagining that Bolshevism has been exorcised. With his superficial thinking he has no idea that this is an instinctive process; that is, the striving of the Jewish people for world domination, a process which is just as natural as the urge of the Anglo-Saxon to seize domination of the earth. And just as the Anglo-Saxon pursues this course in his own way and carries on the fight with his own weapons, likewise the Jew. He goes his way, the way of sneaking in among the nations and boring from within, and he fights with his weapons, with lies and slander, poison and corruption, intensifying the struggle to the point of bloodily exterminating his hated foes. In Russian Bolshevism we must see the attempt undertaken by the Jews in the twentieth century to achieve world domination. Just as in other epochs they strove to reach the same goal by other, though inwardly related processes. Their endeavor lies profoundly rooted in their essential nature. No more than another nation renounces of its own accord the pursuit of its impulse for the expansion of its power and way of life, but is compelled by outward circumstances or else succumbs to impotence due to the symptoms of old age, does the Jew break off his road to world dictatorship out of voluntary renunciation, or because he represses his eternal urge. He, too, will either be thrown back in his course by forces lying outside himself, or all his striving for world domination will be ended by his own dying out. But the impotence of nations, their own death from old age, arises from the abandonment of their blood purity. And this is a thing that the Jew preserves better than any other people on earth. And so he advances on his fatal road until another force comes forth to oppose him, and in a mighty struggle hurls the heaven-stormer back to Lucifer.
We must eliminate the disproportion between our population and our area… Some of this land can be obtained from Russia… we National Socialists must hold unflinchingly to our aim in foreign policy, namely, to secure for the German people the land and soil to which they are entitled on this earth.
If only the politicians of Europe had taken him seriously in 1933 or 1935 or 1938, before the Wehrmacht rolled into Poland. A quick peek into a translation of Mein Kampf would have left them with no doubt about what was coming.

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Now fast-forward eighty years. Watch Kristallnacht, D-Day, Auschwitz, the Berlin Wall, Vietnam, and 9-11 fly by in a blur. Hit “play” as soon as you see the face of Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, making his infamous speech this past October:
     The establishment of the Zionist regime was a move by the world oppressor against the Islamic world… The skirmishes in the occupied land are part of a war of destiny. The outcome of hundreds of years of war will be defined in Palestinian land.
As the Imam [Khomeini] said, Israel must be wiped off the map.
The Islamic umma will not allow its historic enemy to live in its heartland.
It is as if the President of Iran were eerily channeling the Reichskanzler of the 1930s.

President Ahmadinejad elaborated on the same topic when he denied the existence of Herr Hitler’s most notorious accomplishment:
     They have fabricated a legend under the name “Massacre of the Jews”, and they hold it higher than God himself, religion itself and the prophets themselves.
Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s delusional haloTo underscore the messianic nature of his mission, Mr. Ahmadinejad revealed during an interview that, when he was giving his recent speech at the UN, a halo appeared behind his head for half an hour or so. Not only that, the members of the audience who were watching were unable to blink during that time!

Yes, we’ve got a Hitlerian fruitcake here, but he’s a fruitcake who’s about to go nuclear on us. Hitler, after all, never managed to get that far.

Mr. Ahmadinejad has no doubt of his mission; he has made that mission blindingly clear on numerous occasions. He is here to prepare the way for the appearance of the Twelfth Imam, which will usher in the Islamic version of the Apocalypse.

The parallels with Hitler are uncanny:

  • Volk = Ummah
  • The Sudetenland = Palestine
  • Götterdämmerung = Twelfth Imam
  • France and Britain= France and Germany
  • Six million Jews = Six million Jews

But this time the six million are determined not to go quietly. After the Holocaust, the Jews will never again go quietly.

The 21st century’s version of Der Führer is ready to incinerate the Jews in their homes, but Israel is resolved: this shall not come to pass. Unfortunately for the Jews, and for all of us, the dénouement of this sordid drama is imminent.

As a final note, consider the following:
     For while the Zionists try to make the rest of the world believe that the national consciousness of the Jew finds its satisfaction in the creation of a Palestinian state, the Jews again slyly dupe the dumb Goyim… all they want is a central organization for their international world swindle, endowed with its own sovereign rights and removed from the intervention of other states: a haven for convicted scoundrels and a university for budding crooks.
Who do you think said that? I’ll give you two guesses.

Note: The “Beer Hall Putsch” photo at the top shows Hitler, Ernst Röhm (second from the right), and Rudolf Hess (far right). The fourth man (second from the left) I haven’t been able to identify; Göring, Strasser, Streicher, Frick, Eckart, and Rosenberg have all been ruled out. Knowledgeable readers are invited to fill in the missing name.

Update: Commenter Charlie Eklund has identified the mystery man in the putsch photo as Hermann Kriebel. I’ll have to take his word for it, because the only other photo of him I can find is here (fourth from the left, in the pickelhaube), and the resolution is not good enough to confirm the likeness. But it could be the same guy…

Update 2: El Jefe’s post about the mullahs, which he was too bashful to link, is here.

Update 3: Ah, the distributed intelligence of the internet!

Reader SC writes, “Left to right, it's Hitler, Emil Maurice (his chauffeur), Kreibel (not Roehm), and Hess.”

Also, reader CW writes, “According to The Hidden Hitler by Lothar Machtan, the man behind Hitler’s left shoulder is Emil Maurice.”

They’re quite right. I found another version of the same photo, and, even though it’s in Hungarian, you can see the list of names identifying people in the photo.

Hermann Kriebel is the guy I thought was Röhm (he still looks like Röhm to me!). Also see this page identifying Emil Maurice as Hitler’s “secretary.” It’s definitely the same guy.

Update 4: Welcome, Corner readers! Take your time and look around; you might be interested in the Jamaat ul-Fuqra material – look at the left sidebar near the top for links.

Update 5: Reader JS writes, “Your updated attribution is correct. There's a better picture (including a fifth man, another early gangster crony, I think, Christian Weber) in my Folio Books edition of Shirer.”

The Hungarian site includes the fifth man, and identifies him as “Friedrich Weber.” So it looks like JS knows what he’s talking about.


Always On Watch said...

Ahmadinejad has spoken clearly, as did Hitler. Is the world going to stand by and let this happen? Of course, the difference now is that Ahmadinejad may well gain access to nuclear weapons, something Hitler didn't have--thank God.

El Jefe Maximo said...

I have put forward a plan for dealing with "Mad Jad" -- would love to know what some of you think.

Charlie Eklund said...

The man in the photo whose identity you don't know is a chap named Hermann Kriebl. He was an early supporter of Hitler who has now receded into well-deserved obscurity.

Anonymous said...

Very good posting. I too have commented on President Ahmad.'s comments and rants. Iran is setting itself up for a future battleground and I don't believe they want to have a nuclear exchange on their territory. But they aren't that farsighted are they?

Keep up the good posting.

Pastorius said...

I'm glad you summed it all up like this, with the reference to history.

It really is the same thing repeating itself.

You know what it reminds me of? You know the legend that ghosts are people who died still troubled by a central event in their lives. So, they hang around the place where that event took place, and they repeat the actions of the event over and over. Somehow, I feel as if this hatred and attempted destruction of the Jews is like that. It seems the work of some obsessed spirit, not of individual humans.

Wasn't it you, Baron, who posted on how towards the end of his life, Stalin became obsessed with killing the Jews?

I remember posing the question, why is it that every man who becomes obsessed with obtaining absolute power, also becomes obsessed with killing the Jews? What is the link between the two?

al fin said...

Iran is not a threat, because Bush is in power. Bush is a threat, so Iran cannot be a threat. Understand? The simple left-handed calculus of threat analysis.

If Kerry were your president, Iran would be a threat. Kerry would deal with Iran by talking it into submission. If that did not work, he would appoint a multilateral commision to deal with the problem, under the supervision of the UN.

blert said...

Such players are 'on a roll' very much like a compulsive gambler on a fantastic hot streak.

They come to believe that the fates are with them, that this is their moment; that they are above all other men.

This is objectively true for a totalitarian dictator.

This absolute and capricious power warps even further their grandiousity.

Such players live in a bubble, since it is harmful, if not lethal, to prick it.

Ahmadi-nejad is not yet an absolute dictator. His situation is much more like Hilter's first weeks as chancellor under von Hindenberg.

Ahmadi-nejad is setting himself up to control all the levers of power once his patron passes on. That's the meaning of his 'Second Revolution'.

SC&A said...

I too posted on Almahdinejad. One reader thoughtfully remarked, "It's always struck me as amusing, in a sick sort of way, that the only people who deny the Holocaust are the only one who also think it was a great idea."

Your post is superb, as usual.

I titled my post from a quote from the London Sunday Times on the matter of the Iranian president: "Once again, it's three minutes to midnight".

Hopefully, we are at the point where appeasement is not an option.


Baron Bodissey said...

The Sigmund, Carl, & Alfred post is “Three Minutes To Midnight”. The esteemed doctors neglected to provide a link, so I have rectified the matter.

Dennis said...

"Ahmadi-nejad is not yet an absolute dictator...Ahmadi-nejad is setting himself up to control all the levers of power once his patron passes on"

Ahmadinejad is not a dictator at all, he is a puppet;Ahmadinejad does not rule Iran, the Ayatollahs do. Let's not forget that he is simply stating what has been the consistent policy of the regime for 26 years. The UN, et al, have done nothing about Iran for 26 years, what makes anyone think they will do anything now? The regime is the problem, not just Ahmadinejad himself. He's just their latest spokesman.

SC&A said...

Thank you, Baron, for the link. I would not be so presumptious as to post a link uninvited.

Baron Bodissey said...

S, C, & A: You should take a lesson in link-whoring from Dymphna. She's got a Mistress's Degree in the field!

John Sobieski said...

Mein Kamph and the Qur'an have a lot in common. Rambling and repetitive and full of malevolence.

Europe is in a mess with all those Muslims. Europe was a mess prior to WWII.

Lots of parallels.

Then no one wanted war but the Germans. Now no one wants the war but the Mohammedans.

SC&A said...

Your trackback seems to be down. Consider this an effort at improvisation.

"This call for a genocidal war against the Jews was made in 2000 by Dr. Ahmed Abu Halabiyah, rector of advanced studies at the Islamic University of Gaza on PA TV, the official channel of the Palestinian Authority. Halabiyah has given scores of similar sermons. Throughout the region, similar sermons and lessons are taught, to cheering, frenzied throngs. Will we not hold these Eichmanns to account? Or do we need for the slaughter of Jews to take place first?"

Papa Ray said...

Don't know if I have linked this here, I have left it so many places, I forget.


Iran: We would win Nuke War !

Papa Ray

Anonymous said...


They are well on their way. With the US cornering the market on available oil production, I doubt China will allow the US to overrun Iran. Russia would love to stick it to us by proxy, hence why they are provoking us via Iran. By aiding the Iranians in building these nuclear plants.

All this is hyperbole a couple of years back or so, but the more President Amhad. still is spouting hatred. Even though he is nothing more than a figurehead, he speaks for the mullahs who pretty much banned all viable opponents.

Regardless, lets pray that none of this will occur.

Alexandra said...

All Things Beautiful TrackBack with 'If Israel Is The Tumor Then Iran Is The Metastasizing Cancer' and 'The Clash Of Civilizations':

"Another great not to be missed post from Baron Bodissey:'The Ahmadinejad's Kampf'.

Baron Bodissey said...

Alexandra's trackback link is:

The Clash of Civilizations.

Alexandra said...

All Things Beautiful TrackBack with 'If Israel Is The Tumor Then Iran Is The Metastasizing Cancer' and 'The Clash Of Civilizations':

"Another great not to be missed post from Baron Bodissey:'The Ahmadinejad's Kampf'.

John F. Opie said...

Hi -

Long time lurker, first time poster...

I've commented on the developing catastophe on my blog at

where I try to make the case that Iran is rapidly turning into a no-win/no-win situation that's gonna be a real bear to deal with...

End of shameless plug. :-)


John F. Opie said...

Darn it, blogger cut off the rest of the URL...


and scroll down a tads to "Iran & Catastrophe"

Baron Bodissey said...

John F. -- turn your URL into a link! Use the template I put at the top of the comments.

Everybody should link away!

Also, BTW, I'm old enough to recognize the King Crimson reference.