Its been pretty much talking about before, Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ (My Struggle) which outlines in no uncertain terms his political ideology is a best seller in the Arab world. This is not the first time I’ve seen this highly controversial book on the shelves of mainstream bookshops in the Gulf, the first time I saw it I was so taken aback I ran home to tell a fellow expat who didn’t even raise an eyebrow.
It could be the ‘any enemy of my enemy is a friend of mine’ syndrome which fuels the sales of this book, there’s enough Jew-bashing rhetoric to give the most foamy at the mouth anti Semite a hard-on, but digging deeper into the history, Hitler was no friend of the Arab people and had he managed to get to the Arab lands he would’ve not stopped the slaughter especially to get his hands on all the oil.
While I don’t believe in banning the book, it has its place as a ‘warning from history’ for scholars and historians, it certainly should not be produced as cheap paperback racist porn to fuel hatred while lining pockets. To see it on the shelves of the Virgin Megastore in Bahrain’s City Centre as ‘ recommended reading’ is a shocker, I wonder what the politically correct global minded Richard Branson would have to say about it?