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How Nazi Germany’s ethnic squads find parallel in Badr Organization

Faisal Al-Shammeri

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When Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939 it was a campaign of clear aims.

To destroy Poland as a nation-state, eliminate all sources of potential leadership (civic leaders, professors, clergy, intelligentsia, landowners), annexed huge swathes of Poland to the German Reich, settled these newly claimed lands with ethnic Germans, and secured Germany’s Eastern front to prevent a second front opening while a campaign ensued with Great Britain and France.

Germany was committed to a revolution, but a racial one. In Eastern Poland which was occupied by the Soviet Union on September 17th the idea of Moscow was not to achieve racial objectives, but a social revolution based on a Marxist-Leninist new order. The Polish campaign would effectively be over in a little over two weeks and the darkest chapter in the history of Poland would emerge.

Immediately in those areas which were to be annexed to (or occupied by) Germany, the occupation would be implemented straightaway. Those ethnic Germans who lived in Poland (lands which had been previously part of Germany before World War I but found themselves now a resident of Poland after the post-World War I redrawing of borders) were instructed by their new Nazi administrators that they were now to be permanent members of the new elite.

Polish farms were seized outright for their new German overlords, Polish businesses were confiscated and given to Germans at no cost while labor would be supplied by the subjugated Poles whose purpose was to now serve strictly as a perpetual source of slave labor to their German masters.

Operating with impunity

However, the most frightening component of this was the “Ethnic Self-Protection Squads” who were ethnic Germans who had lived in Poland between the wars, but were now armed, could operate with impunity and without accountability to the law. Members of these squads could murder without arrest or imprisonment.

If they were to see something they liked, home, farm, livestock, or anything for that matter, they could seize it by force. Old scores with rivals or long-standing grievances could now be settled with summary execution and a shallow grave. In achieving the aims of National Socialist Germany the newly annexed areas would now see a resettlement, to be inhabited exclusively by Germans, and a reign of terror instituted until there was nothing left to resist it.

The Polish State would be extinguished, its leaders liquidated, and those people who survived would be a lobotomized mass, deprived of any leadership elements who could potentially rally in the future to contest German mastery of its “New East.” Poland would become an incubator and petrie dish for the most evil and murderous ideologies ever known to man.

In the German occupied areas of Poland roughly 3,000 people a day would die during the German occupation which would last from September 1939 until the end of January 1945.

Iraqi members of Badr Organization raise up their weapons as they celebrate on September 1, 2014 near Diyala province after Iraqi forces broke through to the Shiite town of Amerli. (AFP)
Iraqi members of Badr Organization raise up their weapons as they celebrate on September 1, 2014 near Diyala province after Iraqi forces broke through to the Shiite town of Amerli. (AFP)

Today’s Middle East

Today in The Middle East we do not have a racial revolution occurring. But we do have a sectarian one well underway. There are no ethnic self-protection squads but there are sectarian militias who serve the aims of a neighboring nation-state, which is built on permanent revolution.

In Iraq we now have disenfranchised Sunni minorities who are losing possession of businesses, farms, and homesteads that had been in their families for generations. In some instances, some are losing ancestral homes and heirlooms that have lasted for centuries.

Some of these people are permanent refugees inside Iraq, others leave altogether for goodness knows where, while others disappear, never to be heard from again. There are areas that have been de-facto annexed to Iran are the new test tube for it’s Khomeinist ideology.

The most primary example of this parallel to German-occupied Poland is in Diyala Province and its capital of Baquba. The updated version of the ethnic squads are the Badr organization and Kata’ib Hezbollah who are the most prominent tools for Iran inside Iraq today. Both serve the clerical regime, are unflinchingly loyal to the doctrine of Velayat-e Faqih, and the implementation of Khomeinism.

The Badr Organization

The Badr Organization’s loyalty to Tehran is unquestioned. It operated out of Iran from 1983-2003 and fought alongside the IRGC during the Iraq-Iran War to kill Iraqis. Both organizations serve to transform Iraq, permanently, bringing to it a regime like Iran, run along the same lines. Both, like Iran, endorse The Twelver Ja’fari Sect of Shiite Islam and are committed to implementing it by any means necessary.

In Diyala, Sunni mosques are being destroyed, Sunni farmlands burnt, Sunni businesses seized, accompanied by mass-disappearances of Sunni who have long-lived in Diyala. The Badr Organization and Kata’ib Hezbollah are for all intents and purposes in control of Diyala and its flags fly everywhere which look strikingly like those flown by Lebanese Hezbollah.

And both have transformed Diyala Province to a terrifying place for Sunni Muslims. That these militias are of decisive importance for the eviction of peoples with their resettlement policy sponsored by Iran is proved by the fact that these organizations also fight in Syria too. And like their behavior in Iraq, they continue to act along the same lines, repeating the same process, and achieving the same results.

Hitler’s Germany used murder to achieve resettlement for racial aims. Khomeinist Iran uses murder to achieve resettlement for sectarian ones. It cannot be put any more simply. Substitute Danzig-West Prussia in German-occupied Poland for Diyala and it is a very similar story. And there are perhaps five words that can best sum up Iran’s aims in Iraq: Saqlawiyah and The Razaza Checkpoint.