Hitler's Eternal Returns


At the risk of again taking Tony Blankley seriously, he's got another new column making the rounds (as part of the fanfare for his frightful new book), and it begins like this:

The threat of the radical Islamists taking over Europe is every bit as great to the United States as was the threat of the Nazis taking over Europe in the 1940s.

Is this true? Let's make a chart.

Had already conquered Czechoslovakia, Poland, France, Denmark, Norway, Belgium and the Netherlands Were the majority population of three secular countries: Turkey, Bosnia, and Albania
Were in the process of attacking or conquering Greece, Hungary, Romania, England, the Soviet Union, and others Were in the process of being rebuffed, again and again, in efforts to join the EU
Were exterminating millions of Jews and Gypsies as official policy Contained a radical terrorist fringe that has killed thousands
Had huge standing armies, modern warfare capabilities, and international allies Were pariahs in their own countries, using weapons like nail bombs

Corrections to the above welcome. Europe's problem with Islamic extremists is real, but the increasingly hysterical assessment of its scope, and the never-ending campaign by WoT enthusiasts to Hitlerize their hobby horse, smack of desperation.