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Jan 22, 2007, Vol. 12, No. 18 • By DAVID GELERNTER
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Haj Amin was appointed mufti in 1922. He was bitterly anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist. Jews are "notorious for perfidy and falsification and distortion and cruelty of which the noble Koran provides the strongest testimony against them," he wrote in his memoirs. He was eager to collaborate with the Nazis. In March 1933, shortly after Hitler came to power, he sent congratulations via the German consul in Jerusalem. He endorsed the Nazis' anti-Jewish boycott and promised to work towards the same goal in British Palestine. His penchant for violence and sponsorship of terrorist groups (the "Resistance and Jihad Organization") harmonized perfectly with Nazi methods. The Nazis sent money to the mufti; Arabic translations of Mein Kampf became (and remain) big sellers.

In Egypt, the "Young Egypt" party, the "Green Shirts" (like the fascist Black Shirts and Nazi Brown Shirts), was founded in 1933. Its slogan: "Allah, Fatherland, and People." The young Nasser became a member. When he came to power in Egypt, Nasser (according to David Pryce-Jones) became "the first Arab to have created a police state, complete with arrests at dawn, tribunals to pass pre-determined sentences, concentration camps and the secret police, and the whole grim and bloody apparatus of control through bureaucratic terror." ("Terror" and "tyrant" go together.) In time he became a classical Nazi-type Jew hater. In a 1964 interview with a German neo-Nazi newspaper, Nasser called the Holocaust a myth and regretted Hitler's defeat. (Remind you of anyone?) His cult of personality rivaled Hitler's and Stalin's.

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In Iraq the fighting is hard but we have achieved something magnificent. We have destroyed a totalitarian tyranny, but not only that: We have made it possible for Iraqis to go to the polls, create a humane government, and choose life. Of course we have more to do. Of course we will stay and do it. Shakespeare wrote, "How poor are they that have not patience."

David Gelernter, a national fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, is a contributing editor to THE WEEKLY STANDARD.