The Pink Flamingo usually stays away from international politics. I’ve not commented on the uprisings through the Islamic world. I’m not that self-important, or have enough of an over-inflated ego to even think I can wax intellectual on the Mad Mad Mad Mad World of Islam, Far Right the End Is Near Blogs, nor condemn an entire religion. But – I do know history.
History, according to The Pink Flamingo, is cyclical. With apologies to George Santayana, the idiot who doesn’t know history is doomed to make a fool of himself/herself when hyperventilating on their blogs.
This is when The Pink Flamingo issues a warning:
WARNING: The Pink Flamingo shall be discussing Nazis, Nazi Germany, and Hitler. It is not a reference to slander anyone (right or left). The Pink Flamingo is using actual historical references to the above.
The tag-line under a photo from the National Journal should explain it all:
Many of the young Egyptians celebrating Hosni Mubarak’s departure don’t have jobs.
“...The Great Depression began in the United States but quickly turned into a worldwide economic slump owing to the special and intimate relationships that had been forged between the United States and European economies after World War I. The United States had emerged from the war as the major creditor and financier of postwar Europe, whose national economies had been greatly weakened by the war itself, by war debts, and, in the case of Germany and other defeated nations, by the need to pay war reparations. So once the American economy slumped and the flow of American investment credits to Europe dried up, prosperity tended to collapse there as well. The Depression hit hardest those nations that were most deeply indebted to the United States, i.e., Germany and Great Britain. In Germany, unemployment rose sharply beginning in late 1929, and by early 1932 it had reached 6 million workers, or 25 percent of the work force. Britain was less severely affected, but its industrial and export sectors remained seriously depressed until World War II. Many other countries had been affected by the slump by 1931….”
For the historically ignorant among you, Germany lost World War I. Previous to WWI, it was known as the Deutsche Reich.
“…During its 47 years of existence, the German Empire emerged as one of the most powerful industrial economies in the world and a great power, until it collapsed following its military defeat in World War I and the concurrent November Revolution. The most important bordering states were Imperial Russia in the east, France in the west, and Austria-Hungary in the south.
The German Empire consisted of 26 constituent territories (if Alsace-Lorraine is included) but the Kingdom of Prussia contained most of the population and most of the territory of the Empire….”
The country could not survive as a republic. In order to survive it financed its growth by hyperinflation. As the Great Depression made its way around the world, the new Germany could not survive.
“…Before the crash, 1.25 million people were unemployed in Germany. By the end of 1930 the figure had reached nearly 4 million, 15.3 per cent of the population. Even those in work suffered as many were only working part-time. With the drop in demand for labour, wages also fell and those with full-time work had to survive on lower incomes. Hitler, who was considered a fool in 1928 when he predicted economic disaster, was now seen in a different light. People began to say that if he was clever enough to predict the depression maybe he also knew how to solve it.
By 1932 over 30 per cent of the German workforce was unemployed…”
Unemployment rates were devastating in the US and the UK. But, because of the strength of the government and the age of the established Constitutions, these two nations survived (once Chamberlain was ejected). German did not. In 1933 a charismatic politician ran on that hopie-changie thing like a radio in every home and a car in every garage. He came up with a scheme to employ the youth. By 1937 unemployment went from six million to one million.
Anyone who thinks the uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa is all about Islam is historically challenged.
From the National Journal:
“…Like Egypt, most countries in the Middle East are experiencing an unprecedented youth bulge. In countries from Morocco to Iran, people ages 15 to 29 make up the largest share of the population. Ominously for the region’s rulers, neither Tunisia nor Egypt, the epicenters of the uprising, is particularly unique in its demographic tilt. Young people represent 29 percent of the population in both Egypt and Tunisia, compared with 28 percent in Bahrain, 30 percent in Jordan, 31 percent in Algeria, and 34 percent in Iran, all of which have faced their own protests. The comparable number in most Western countries is around 20 percent.
What’s more, the next few years may represent a point of maximum demographic pressure across the region—a period somewhat analogous to the 1960s in the United States when the first baby boomers surged onto the political and cultural scenes. In Bahrain and Jordan, the share of the population under 30 is projected to continue rising for several years. But in countries such as Egypt, Tunisia, and Iran, the youth bulge is either peaking now or will peak shortly. That means the generational demand for change could also be cresting.
Demographic pressures are not the only reason behind the protests, but they compound preexisting and largely neglected institutional challenges that have been brewing for decades across the region.
Most immediately, the burgeoning number of Middle Eastern youth has added significant pressures to the region’s education and health care systems, natural resources, and labor markets. The problem is less the sheer numbers than the strains that these young people are placing on the outdated education and employment systems. Ultimately, the greatest strain is in the labor market. First-time male job seekers in the Middle East now need on average two years to find a job. For women, the wait is even longer. In Egypt, half of male graduates with at least secondary schooling don’t find a job for two years; it takes five years before 75 percent of all graduates obtain work. Only 25 percent of women hold a job 15 years after graduation….”
This is where that old Islamo-Fascism thingie steps in. That’s where Adolph Hitler stepped in and did his very own version of Hope & Change. This is where the extremists who control and manipulate a religion step in and grab power.
Once you look at these numbers, and put them into context, perhaps it is not about religion at all, but a group of perverted vile individuals who are using religion to manipulate a generation who has no hope and no future.
“…Hitler also encouraged the mass production of radios. In this case he was not only concerned with reducing unemployment but saw them as a means of supplying a steady stream of Nazi propaganda to the German people….”
It was rather like the Facebook and Twitter of his day.
Unemployed Youth + No Hope + No Future + Ambitious Political Psychopaths =
Look at the leaders in Islam. They are taking advantage of these young people who have no hope. They are giving them something to grasp, something to cling to. They are being used to further a political system that is unworkable.
If this is indeed the case, then we are in for a very bumpy ride. The end results, after a heck of a lot of good people are killed, will be a total disenchantment with the psychopaths who have the potential to corrupt and kill off much of an entire generation.
The world survived Hitler. I suspect we shall survive the rise of the Islamic Psychopath Leader. If we do, history suggests once it is over, the world’s fastest growing religion will be one of the world’s most neglected religions. The young people of today, who are being co-opted into death and hate, once their eyes are opened and their pathetically little washed brains filled with something other than a corruption of Islam, are going to turn on this corruption. It happened in Germany.
Unfortunately, what happens in between is the horror.
This little scene from The Producers is far more indicative of what is going on in the Middle East than a religious take-over. It is about people who want a future. The real question is what sort of future will they have?
These are fairly well educated young people who have no hope. They have no future. They are trying to find one, but the odds are they are only going to find their own little version of Islamic Hitlers. These despots cannot last. Hitler proved you can force employment through draconian measures. The only way to sustain this is through war.
Once the young people who may be pre-disposed to follow these Islamic despots realize they cannot offer jobs, they will be given the boot.
It’s all about money.