• Fascism drives from the Italian word fascia, which means a bundle of woods. This was an old Roman emblem. The idea is that a single stick of wood can be broken easily, but when you bundle many sticks together and fasten them with each other, they become strong and unbreakable. Fascism creates the concept of 'we' versus them. It is divisive and the unity of we is sustained by keeping alive the hate of them. In fascism and all fascistic ideologies the unity is achieved by the fear and hatred of others. The political ideology of fascism is based on a system of government characterized by rigid one-party dictatorship and forcible suppression of the opposition of minority groups. Like Nazism and Islam are both inspired by fascistic ideas. In Islam, just as in Nazism the minorities are underdogs, their rights are denied and violated and the might is revered as right. The best description of fascism is given by the Prophet in this verse "Muhammad is the messenger of Allah; and those who are with him are strong against Unbelievers, (BUT) compassionate amongst each other."(Q48:29) Islam is a religion that thrives on hate. Muslims need enemies to remain united. That is why they need 'Zionism' and the 'American Imperialism'. All Muslims are fighting with each other but in one thing they are united and that is in their hatred of Israel and America. If you take away these enemies from them, they will tear each other apart. Hitler was not only an evil man but also his method was wrong. His brand of unity founded on race superiority and hate did not last and could not have lasted. The average public in Germany was not aware of the holocaust. He killed the Jews and oppressed the freedom, but he was unable to kill the idea of freedom and the dignity of human being. Today the Germans are united by understanding and cooperation, not through hate of someone else. And yes the abhorrent idea of racism is dead. We killed it. The cohesive force between the Muslims is not dissimilar to what bonded the Nazis. Islam is also a doctrine of hate and just as Nazism is doomed to disappear. But times change and today?s world is different from the world of 70, or even 10 years ago. The Internet is bridging the gap between the nations and dissipating the misunderstandings. Today the fascistic ideologies can no more survive. People are talking with each other, exchanging ideas and discovering their oneness. 1400 years ago a narcissistic megalomaniac demagogue could have fooled ignorant people around him. Seventy years ago, a mad charismatic charlatan in Germany could incite nationalism and instill pride in the defeated Germans of the WWI by inflaming their racial superiority. Today only a fool will think of himself superior because of his race, nationality or religion. Today unities are achieved in diversity. Today we celebrate our differences and are proud of our multi-culturalism. Today people are wise.
Russian, Ukrainian, German and French officials meet on Ukraine situation at Munich conference (AP)