Almost 90 years ago a middle aged Austrian-naturalized German, who still resented being rejected by the Vienna School of Art because of lack of talent, dictated a manifesto to a prison mate, Rudolf Hess. It was later published in millions of copies, which finally caused the death of about 60 million people in Europe and elsewhere.
In it, he supported the killing of the people whom he despised, especially the Jews, but also other "undesirables", and pushed to conquer the world by slaughtering those who opposed his ideas.
His name was Adolf Hitler and the book was called Mein Kampf.
Unfortunately, nobody at the time beside his fanatic followers believed that he was a serious threat.
"How can a highly civilized country like Germany, which has given the world some of the greatest writers, statesmen, composers, scientists and philosophers, fall for the cheap propaganda of a nobody looking like a caricature of a non-Aryan and with a Charlie Chaplin moustache?" most people, not only in Germany but all over the world, wondered in disbelief.
"It will never happen!"
Unfortunately, after mocking the führer, once he took power, the same politicians started accommodating him with "understanding" and compromises until his death lust spread around Europe and beyond. By then, it was too late and we all know the enormous price the world has paid for its silence and acquiescence.
Nowadays, there's another similar manifesto. the Hamas Covenant—the guiding principles of the rulers in Gaza, which can be found on thousands of websites and often appears to have been inspired by the Mein Kampf—but it is much more direct and sanguine. It's again being overlooked or minimized by many people, otherwise of good faith.
Are we bent of repeating an awful historical mistake??
Rather than making any personal comments, and because of space constraints, I will only quote verbatim a few excerpts from the Hamas Covenant as they appear in their writings, with not even one word added or removed. It would be advisable for those who want to be further educated to read the covenant in its entirety.
Chapter 7 (dealing with the universality of Hamas): "The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them) until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: Oh Muslims, there is a Jew hiding behind me. Come and kill him!!
Chapter 8 "Allah is the goal, the Prophet the model to be followed, the Qu'ran its constitution, Jihad its way and the death for the sake of Allah its sublime belief!"
Chapter 10 (III) "This is the law governing the land of Palestine in the Islamic Sharia law and it is similar to all lands the Muslims have conquered by force, because, during the time of Islamic conquests, the Muslims consecrated these lands to Muslim generations to come till the Day of Judgement"
Chapter 13 "..since when did the Unbelievers do justice to the Believers? And the Jews will not be pleased with thee, nor will the Christians, thou they follow their religion (and) say: the direction of Allah is the only direction." ..."There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, propositions and international conferences are all a waste on time and vain endeavour"
Chapter 15 "I indeed wish to go to war for the sake of Allah, assault and kill, assault and kill!!"....."I swear by the holder of Mohammed's soul that I would like to invade and be killed for the sake of Allah, then invade and be killed, and then invade again and be killed."
Chapter 28 "The Zionist invasion is a vicious invasion. Its relies greatly in its infiltration and espionage operations of the secret organizations they gave rise to, such as the Freemasons, the Rotary and Lions clubs...They aim at undermining societies, destroying values...annihilating Islam. It is behind the drug trade and alcoholism in all its kinds"...."Israel, Judaism and Jews challenge Islam and the Muslim people."
Chapter 31 "Members of other religions must desist from struggling against Islam's sovereignty in this region"
Finally to those who want to respond, and I encourage all to do so, please read the Covenant, word by word.