"Yet the fear of a nuclear Iran, of course, isn't all that's got so many Jews imagining 21st-century Nuremburg rallies and concentration camps. Hamas, al-Qaida, anti-Semitism, the cartoon riots, the torture murder of the French Jew Ilan Halimi - this build-up of bad news has convinced any number of Jews that we are living through a reprise of the 1930s, that this era of militant Islam is plainly an updated version of the Nazi years...
BUT WHILE their wishes are basically the same, their abilities to carry out those wishes are vastly different, and that's the decisive comparison, or lack of comparison, between the two. The forces of militant Islam don't have anything approaching the power the Nazis had. The world's reaction to Islamism today could hardly be more different from its reaction to Nazism in the Thirties. As a result, militant Islam is limited in its potential for evil in a way Nazism wasn't. While Islamism today is obviously dangerous, it is nowhere remotely as dangerous to the world - or to the world's Jews - as Nazism was.
And if Hamas is also a contemporary equivalent of the Nazis, where is Hamas's Hitler? His name was Ahmed Yassin, and he never made it to his bunker; instead, a helicopter gunship dispatched by the Jewish state - another new development since the 1930s - killed him. Israel has killed Hamasniks in droves; it's forced Hamas into effectively suing for peace. Israel is the colossus of the Middle East; militarily it is more powerful than the entire Muslim world combined. How can anybody compare this to the state of Jewish affairs when Hitler was in power?"