(Whee it’s fun speaking Langlish/Englin/Latlish/Etin/see what I mean?)
The roots of Islamic fanaticism can be traced to Adolf Hitler’s radio messages broadcast around the Arab world during the Second World War, according to a new book.
It’s all so obvious:
“Your only hope for rescue is the destruction of the Jews before they destroy you!” Hitler said in a 1942 message, one of thousands broadcast across the Middle East in an attempt to woo the Arab world.
In a broadcast aimed at provoking an anti-Semitic uprising in Egypt, he said: “A large number of Jews who live in Egypt, along with Poles, Greeks, Armenians and Frenchmen, have guns and ammunition.
“Some Jews in Cairo have even asked the British authorities to set up machine guns on the roofs of their houses,” he claimed.
But the Nazi’s wartime broadcasts had remained a largely hidden chapter in the history of the war until the transmissions were unearthed by a US scholar, who believes they have fuelled continuing unrest in the Middle East.
Ahh, Nazism. Truly the gift that keeps on giving.