The comment below is from a newsletter issue published by Swedish author Bertil Haggman in 2003:
Linking the three main proponents in the 20th and 21st century of mass murder of foes (be it on class, racial or religious grounds) is a wortwhile study, as militant Islamic terrorists hope to kill millions of Americans.
1. Nazi Germany (1933 – 1945)
In 1992 Professor Rudolph J. Rummel published his book Democide: Nazi Genocide and Mass Murder Rummel estimating that there were around 21 million victims, including circa 6 million Jews in the Holocaust, of Nazism.
Nazism was the second totalitarian ideology that promoted genocide and mass murder. The first had been communism.
2. Communism (1917 – ongoing)
”The apperance of communism as the major political manifestation of the twentieth century has to be seen in tandem with the rise of fascism and nazism. In fact communism, fascism, and nazism were generically related, historically linked, and politically quite similar. They were all responses to the traumas of the industrial age, to the appearance of millions of rootless, first generation industrial workers. World War brought about the collapse of existing values and of the political order in Tsarist Russia and in Imperial Germany. It generated acute social tensions as well in newly industrialized Italy. All these gave rise to movements that rapped the concept of social justice around the message of social hatred and that proclaimed organized state violence as the instrument of social redemption.
The titanic war later waged between Hitler’s Germany and Stalin’s Russia has made many forget that the struggle between them was a fratricidal war between to strands of a common faith. To be sure, one proclaimed itself to be unalterably opposed to Marxism and preached unprecedented racial hatred; and the other saw itself as the only true offspring of Marxism on practicing unprecedented class hatred. But both elevated the State into the highest organ of collective action, used brutal terror as the means of exacting social obedience, and both engaged in mass murders without parallel in human history. Both also organized their social control by similar means, ranging from youth groups to neigborhood informers to centralized and totally censored means of mass communication. And, finally, both asserted that they were engaged in constructing all powerful ”socialist” states.”
Professor Rummel estimated that 62 million were murdered in the Soviet Union (1917 to 1987) and 35 million in China (1928-1949). Comment: The number of victims in China are in 2012 estimated at 80 million.
3. Militant Islamic terrorism (1993 – )
It should be noted that the massmurders of Nazism and Communism took place among Europeans. The United States was spared such violence. But from the 1990s Americans have been declared the main enemy of militant Islamic terrorism and according statements of Mullah Omar and Osama Bin Laden this would preferably take place on a massive scale using if possible ABC-weapons.
So far the terrorists have managed to kill between 3,000 and 4,000 Americans. With European support for the war waged by America on militant Islamic terrorism European countries cannot be excluded as possible future targets. One problem for the fundamentalist terrorists is of course that both in America and in European countries there are Arab immigrants that might also be killed in an attack as a side effect. That, however, does probably not bother the terrorists. Fundamentalist terror is presently also waged in a number of other countries: Islamic Jihad and Hamas against Israel, Muslim terrorists (Jaish-e-Mohammed, Lashkar-e-Toiba) against India in Kashmir, and against the Philippines by the Abu Sayyaf Group and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. At the moment there also seems to be a risk for Al Qaeda moving from Afghanistan to Kashmir, that is, those who managed to slip through the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
No doubt the US administration is doing its utmost that the same mass murders that occured under Nazism and Communism not reappear on American soil. Meanwhile it is time for serious research on the linkage between national socialism, communism, and militant Islamic terrorism as threats to civilization.
War is endemic in Islam confirmed and approved by theory and religion. Conduct of foreign relations has traditionally been dealt with under the heading ”holy war”. Militant Islam has taken over that tradition of a permanent war between believers and non-believers. Ibn Khaldun, the 14th century Islamic macrohistorian, suggested that defeated Muslims were entitled to hope and plan for resumption of battle, however long it took to wait for a second round. The risk for the United States is that the present war on the West turns into a second Cold War, but with much more physical fighting than psychological warfare. Peace, in this framework, is dormant war and diplomacy a substitute for war. Treaties, such as Oslo, are to be regarded as diplomatic expedients only.
Fortunately the United States seems prepared to strike enemies first as described by President Bush in his speech on June 1 at the United States Military Academy.
“We must take the battle to the enemy, disrupt his plans, and confront the worst threats before they emerge…In the world we have entered, the only path to safety is the path of action. And this nation will act.”