This analogy fails on several fronts:
- Only 7-10% of the Germans were members of the Nazi Party. But in 1933 about a third of Germans voted for it, before voting Nazi became a health thing.
- The Nazi Party was the government. As such, it could compel the obedience of the rest of Germany. Other than Iran and ISIS/ISIL/Da3esh controlled territory, Islamists aren’t a government able to compel its population.
Our real problem with the Islamic world is neutrality. It is full of people who believe that the fight between the Islamists and the west is none of their concern. They’ll just pretend to follow whoever wins. This means that they won’t oppose it if the Islamists do take over their country and use it as a launching pad. Which means we in the west might have to treat them as if they were WWII Germans. But we aren’t at that point yet, and may never get there.
One Muslim country has already deposed an Islamist leader. Hopefully others will follow or not allow the Islamists to take power in the first place.
h/t Ian Barrs