The Alawite Baathist regime battling to hold on to power in Damascus will never make peace with Israel, argues Giulio Meotti in Arutz Sheva. The Baathists are ideological antisemites and Damascus gave safe haven to the worst Nazi architects of the Holocaust – namely Alois Brunner:
“Most damning was the presence of the swastika-looking flag of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party, founded by Antun Saadeh in 1932 and modeled after the Nazi party”, writes Michael Totten in his intriguing and wonderful book titled The Road to Fatima Gate (Encounter Books).
The book is the best guide available to understanding the current protests in Syria and the Middle Eastern upheaveal. In particular, Totten explains why Syria’s Alawites can’t reach a peace agreement with the Jewish State. The Alawi sect is a religious community that makes up around 10 percent of Syria’s population. The Assads are members of the sect. Both Sunnis and Shias have long considered the Assads as “infidels” and “heretics”. “No Arab government in the world was as stridently anti-Israel, in both action and rhetoric, as his”, writes Totten.
“There was no better way for a detested minority regime to curry favor with Sunnis in Syria and the larger Arab world than by adopting the anti-Zionist cause as its own. As ‘infidels’, Syria’s Alawites didn’t feel they had the legitimacy to force Sunnis to make peace with Israel. That was a risky business even for Sunni leaders, as the assassination of Egypt’s Anwar Sadat showed after he signed a treaty”.
But Assad’s strategy against Israel has not been driven only by political opportunism. The Baathists have always been radically and ideologically anti-Semitic. The Nazi party and the Baath party express concepts of destiny with the superiority of their respective racial demographics over others, particularly Jews.
Baathist founder Michel Aflaq saw Nazi Germany as a model. The Vichy government handed over Syria to the Nazi’s, who were intent on causing trouble for the British, who occupied the rest of the fertile crescent inherited from the Ottomans at the end of the First World War. The Nazis indocrinated the Baathists to provide an insurgency.
Sami al Joundi, another founding father of the Syrian Baath movement, writes: “We admired the Nazis. We were immersed in reading Nazi literature and books. Anyone who lived in Damascus at that time was witness to the Arab inclination toward Nazism”.
Former Syrian Defense Minister, Mustafa Tlass, penned “The Matzah of Zion”, which propagated the libel that Jewish families murdered Gentiles and then used their blood to make holiday pastries.
Roger Garaudy, the French Holocaust denier, was invited to Damascus by the Ministry of Information, who praised him for “exposing the lies of the Zionist movement which exaggerated what happened to Jews during the Second World War for political purposes”.
But by far the most revealing aspect of Assad’s regime is the Syrian harbouring of many Nazi officers. Damascus was the safest haven for the architects of the Shoah, those such as Theodor Dannecker, who had helped Adolf Eichmann implement his genocide policy in France, Bulgaria, and Hungary, and Karl Rademacher, the Eichmann aide involved in the mass murder of Jews in Belgium, Holland and Croatia. After the war, Radmacher fled to Syria and became an official in the Syrian secret service.
The most notorious of the Nazis granted asylum in Syria was Alois Brunner, the “Holocaust’s engineer” and Eichmann’s deputy slaughterer. Until conclusive evidence of his demise is obtained, Brunner will be mentioned on any most wanted list of Holocaust perpetrators. 45.000 Austrian Jews were deported under Brunner’s command. He then deported to Auschwitz 46.000 Jews from Greece. Another 26.000 Jews were deported from France. On 31 July 1944, when the Allies were at the gates, Brunner arrested 300 children and sent them to Auschwitz. None survived. In Slovakia he deported 13.500 Jews. He was obsessed with deporting children and women of childbearing age.
In 1954 Brunner ran to Egypt to work for Nasser’s police force and trained the Egyptians in interrogation techniques of which he had become a master. Then Brunner fled to Damascus, where he has lived in peace for decades. His home address is George Haddad Street 7 and his new name and identity is Georg Fischer, a German businessman. His home is constantly guarded by armed members of the Syrian security force.
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