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on April 22, 2006
In a century, Muslims will control America. That is my projection based on
current trends. Islam's power is rising, the West's is falling. In a century,
they will be in control. And what that means is that women will be imprisoned
in their homes, gays will be back in the closet, and non-Muslims will be on the
run, facing beheading when caught. Feminism, gay liberation, and secularism
will be forgotten.
With that projection in mind, it would behoove the left to do as much as
possible to prevent all this from happening. Yet, they are doing the exact
opposite. They are making an alliance with their enemies. Why?
David Horowitz attempts to explain this irrationality in this book. His basic
point is that leftists are so used to being anti-American that they will ally
themselves with anyone who is also against America, even people who are opposed
to their progressive aims.
Yet, this book is disappointing. I expected much stronger rhetoric. For
example, when talking about Lynne Stewart (p. 187), he notes that she thinks
terror can be used to attack institutions which, among other things, perpetuate
sexism. But right after this, he attacks her for her anti-Americanism, instead
of attacking her for her stupidity. I would have said, "Lady, are you nuts?
How are you going to get rid of sexism when you are allied with the most
patriarchal men on the planet? What evidence do you have that they have any
interest in your progressive goals?" Even Horowitz's title is weak. It is
clever, but why not "Suicide of the Left?"
Horowitz touches on things that are important, but he really seems to be
fighting old battles. I would have had an entire chapter devoted to discussing
the aims of the terrorists, because how you deal with them depends on what you
think their aims are. If you believe, as almost all leftists do, that they are
merely attacking us for what we've done to them, then you will be as kind to
Muslims as possible. If you believe, as I do, that their aim is establishing a
world-wide caliphate, then you will resist them as much as possible. (For those
who disagree, please explain the terrorist attacks on India and the murder of
Theo van Gogh.)
Then I would have had a chapter talking about the disastrous failure of the
left's alliance with Muslims in Iran in the 1970s. According to one account,
as many as 100,000 leftists were murdered after the Shah was expelled. (See
[...].) So, why ally yourselves with them
again? How stupid can you be?
And while some leftists reviewing this book have insisted that the left didn't
support the Taliban, one has to wonder why they didn't protest against them
when they emerged? If the Taliban were poised to take over our country, what
would the left be doing? Worrying about how many Taliban casualties there
would be? Whining about Islamophobia? All this stupidity needs to be
recounted in detail, which is why I prefer Mark Stein and Oriana Fallaci.