Date registered: Sep 2004
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RE: Anyone read 'Mein Kampf'?
I've read the book. It reveals Hitler as a man with a clear vision of what he wishes to achieve, a vison built on an intellectual foundation of madness. I still agree with a history professor friend of mine that the central mistake made by Hitler was in making Nazism a German movement instead of a white race movement, which it eventually evolved into, as we see it today. The professor's reasoning is appealling - in the 1920s and 30s, the Ku Klux Klan was a powerful political force in the South, and if Nazi ideology had ever caught on with them, and with the masses of European immigrants in the big American cities, the entire history of America would have been much different - an American Nazi furher-type could have easily used blacks in the scapegoat role when the Depression hit. There was also a burgeoning Nazi movement in Britian prior to WWII as well. All of these movements, if they had been properly organized and allowed to grow in peacetime would have paid off big for Hitler if he had waited until 1945 to start his war. It would have caused unrest in the societies of all his enemies, and allowed fascist governments to come to power without the need for invasion. Instead, Hitler was hoisted on his German Master Race petard, and this compartmentalization of his movement led more to its downfall than anything else. Probably the most interesting book on how he came to be and his early intellectual influences can be found in this excellent book:
(which BTW also has extensive material on Hitler's love affair with his Mercedes).
After reading a number of books on Hitler, I have pretty much concluded that he was a genius who went mad after achieving absolute power and his greatest military success in 1941, probably has a result of a long history of amphetamine abuse. Every action taken after the fall of France are the acts of a paranoid, delusional psychotic. Most people do not realize that the German-Soviet Non-agression Pact created a de-facto alliance between the Russians and the Germans, and that the Russians were actively aiding Hitler in his attempt to knock out the British. Hitler's obsession with an empire in the East made him totally blind to the fact that Stalin was more than willing to split Eurasia and Africa down the middle with Hitler, giving the Soviets all of the European colonial possessions in the East - India, Indochina, Polynesia, etc, and allowing Hitler all of non-Russian Europe, Africa, and the fabulous oil prize of the Middle East. We are an incredibly lucky world.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address