on February 19, 2009
United In Hate -- The Left's Romance With Tyranny and Terror is a book that examines the seamy underbelly of the radical Left which considers Western society and its values an anathema. Dr. Jamie Glazov, the Managing Editor of FrontPage Magazine, methodically details the causational factors that have lead modern Leftists to adhere to the death and destruction mantra of tyrannical Islamic Jihadists.
The Twin Towers are destroyed, 2973 people die in the attack and the radical Left cheers; the war in Iraq is won and the Left expels a disgusted sigh; totalitarian thugs kill innocent millions that the Left justifies as a "cleansing" required to forge a utopian society; suicidal Jihadists shred shoppers in malls with nail bombs and are excused by the Left as door-matted victims striking back at their oppressors; women are vilified, stoned, mutilated and killed by radical Muslims as Leftist feminists remain silent, save here in America where they rail mightily against a country club that's denied membership to a female executive.
What draws Leftists moth-like toward the annihilating fires of unbridled totalitarianism, or drives them to slavishly worship at the feet of dictators that kick them to the curb when they are considered no longer useful? Why does the Left cleave to a radical Islamic terrorism that vows to destroy all non-believers, including them? Dr. Glazov answers these and other "head scratching" questions in a court-ready presentation of the Left's mindset that will make forensic psychologists proud.
The Left's hatred and rejection of Western civilization, its freedoms and values, begins with an acute sense of alienation from it, and unable to "fit in" the Left believes radical societal change, regardless of the consequences, is necessary. After all it's the West's fault that the Left has no sense of purpose or direction. Although the Left vehemently argues against this premise, its words and actions prove Dr. Glazov's case.
The ideological descendents of the communist/progressive Left that spent its capital hoping the West would lose the Cold War to the Soviet Union are today's leftist core. Based on their hatred for the United States, the Left has forged a symbiotic relationship with radical Islam, whose hatred for America equals theirs. Both make it clear that they consider Western civilization evil and unworthy of preservation. Violent revolution is the Left's path to change; the Jihadists' follow the path of war and annilation.
Some might think Dr. Glazov has taken a wrong turn in his analysis of the radical Left's agenda and beliefs. If so, they should read the scurrilous quotes of Michael Moore extolling the virtues of the "Iraqi freedom fighters," or Ward Churchill's and Jeremiah Wright's crowing after 9/11 that "America's chickens have come home to roost." Or, they should examine the genuflexing before the world's tyrants by the likes of Jimmy Carter, Sean Penn and Tom Hayden. Dr. Glazov's take on the radical Left is correct and as sharp as a tightly focused laser.
Should the book cause even one radical Leftist to re-examine his or her contorted beliefs and return from the "dark side," Dr. Glazov's efforts will be a resounding success. A great thought provoking read!
Ben R. Furman
Former FBI Counterterrorism Chief
on February 20, 2009
Once I was involved in a business partnership with a talented and seasoned salesperson. Often we teased my partner he was so good at what he did he could sell all the swampland in Florida. The man knew he was good at his trade and reveled in all the tricks he learned to perfect his pitch. Oddly enough, whenever a salesperson came to our office to pitch a product, my partner, so knowledgable of his craft, easily succumbed to the tricks of his trade. He was always the first to sign on the dotted line. I could never understand that.
After reading, "United In Hate, The Left's Romance with Tyranny and Terror", by author Jamie Glazov, I'm beginning to grasp an understanding on the phenomena of such thinking. I understand a little more how certain individuals, or entire groups, can be so close to something they cannot recognize when the tricks of the trade are being used against them. In the case of the Left, as Glazov points out from his opening chapter, it's as if the "believer" is so close to knowing what they hate, they somehow fall in love with it. It's just a matter of how the cause is packaged and sold to them.
For instance, if you were to announce on the "View", to the hosts and audience, that a mystery guest was about to appear who was a mass murderer, a theocrat, a racist, a bigot, a sexist, a torturer, and a homophobe, the set of the show would instantly be filled with angry boos and jeers from the crowd. However, when the identity of the guest were to be revealed as Fidel Castro, the knees of the female hosts would suddenly quiver and an about face would occur. Barbara Walters would be the first to her feet to greet the great Leftist Dictator. The crowd would follow, taking her lead on giving Castro a standing ovation. Within minutes after the applause died down, movie pals Steven Speilburg and Francis Ford Coppola would greet their little darling via speaker phone. (Again, it's all in the packaging. Those who work in a business of illusion and deception are easily deceived.)
As Glazov candidly points out, when it comes to the Left, Castro could easily be replaced by the likes of Lenin, Stalin, Pol Pot, Pham Van Dong, Mao Tse Tung, Ayatollah Khomeini, Osama Bin Laden, and the newest darling of the Left, the world's most charming homophobe, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. These are their heroes, their leftist idols. It doesn't matter that their heroes represent and encompass all that the Left hates. The Left is easily sold, easily caught up in the imagery and mystique, easy marks for despot trickery whenever one of their intellectuals arrives in the country of their autocratic friend. All a dictator has to do is clean up a town, dress up the townsfolk in totalitarian wear, and threaten the lives of the people if they don't look happy while the conspicous visitor is in town. Wow. How many times does that trick need to be done before the Left catches on? Yet you wonder how did Susan Sontag, Mary McCarthy, Walter Duranty, George Bernard Shaw, Sean Penn, Harry Belafonte, Jane Fonda, Ernest Hemingway, Danny Glover, and a host of other western intellectuals or entertainers fall for the same scheme?
What's worse is their glowing testimonials after their visits. It's as if these great thinkers or performers go back to high school to write of their first love. I was squeamish and embarrassed reading the passages Glazov used to illustrate and drive his point home. Unless you are stupid, or love struck, how could you believe all the monsters of tyranny possess such sweet and unassuming qualities as reported by the Left?
Does anyone still remember the 1981 film, "Reds", by Warren Beatty? What a perfect example of what Glazov speaks of. Back then, as a student, I wanted to puke over the manufactured sentiment over the flick, a film many of Beatty's associates were hailing as a masterpiece. In the most overused scene in cinematic history, Jack Reed, the protaginist prepares a meal for the married woman he loves and stole from an American capitalist. In the scene, the water in the pots boils over, smoke billows from the oven, and Reed clumsily trips around the kitchen as the romantic little communist nervously tries to prepare a meal for his girlfriend. Geez Warren. That's an original and uncontrived scene! Such masterful film making is certainly deserving of an Oscar.
Even then I thought, is Beatty willing to give up his glamorous American Hollywood life for the meager lifestyle of the Russian peasant? It certainly appeared from the point of view of the film that he was selling the Soviet or Bolshevik way of life. History has certainly proven Beatty's romance to be false and has certainly proven he was easily sold by his leftist comrades.
Glazov's well thought out and carefully sculpted narrative of our times is an in-your-face expose on the hypocrisy of the Left. Glazov will take a lot of heat for what he reveals but he seems like a man with broad shoulders ready to take on the burden of a good fight. He's professional in his presentation and his arguments are clean and succinct. Based on what he's written, there's little doubt in my mind that if an alien ship arrived in America, most of our Leftists, from Springsteen to Spielburg, would beg to be taken away. After paying homage to our captors, and after paying their way to the front of the lines, they would get on their knees, with their arms stretched out in the direction of the sinister ship. Then they would chant, "Free us from our freedom! Free us from our freedom" over and over, hoping to be heard.
Unable to stop themselves, and always desperate for attention, our Leftist friends would continue to chant while boarding the ship, knowing they could never return, and knowing a life of darkness would be all they would ever know again.
on February 22, 2009
Besides the fact that Jamie Glazov has written a masterpiece in the revelation of conspiring ideals and actions of tyrants, both theocratic and ideological, the sheer importance of the voices cited in his book as endorsements demonstrates that Mr. Glazov has produced a veritable treatise on the subject of the diversity and perplexity of global terrorism.
As a conservative in all things pertaining to freedom, I highly value the knowledge I gained from this book, United In Hate. The title says it all and the diabolical linkage that Jaime Glazov reveals between those who kill for god and leftists who kill, because they think they are God. I really admire the way Mr. Glazov compared apparent contradictions, bringing out very clear and convincing proof that tyrants and fanatics have a natural affinity to one another.
Glazov very wisely poses some astute questions in his book. He speculates as to why the leftists, who talk of rights for their fellow believers, find it so easy to wrap their arms around Islamic terrorists, the most gay-hating, woman-hating and minority-hating force on earth, today. He also pondered on why "progressives" heap admiration upon regimes under which they themselves would be eliminated. Why would Liberal women, who have a long history of talking about helping themselves right up to the highest rungs of the social ladder, ignore the suffering of millions of women living under gender-based Islamic oppression?
`United in Hate' is a book that must be read by everyone who loves freedom and life. For those of us who are students of today's continually colliding worlds of East and West, Left or Right, Suicide Bomber or Social Engineers, it is a must read. `United In Hate' is not just another book written about Islam, nor is it a book that only rehashes histories about Stalin or Lenin. Jamie Glazov has written a book that goes beyond actions or words to expose the motivations of why these two natural enemies, Radical Islam and the Liberal Left, are caressing each other in a warm embrace of death. Glazov could not have expressed the dangers we face with an Obama Administration or the utter catastrophe that could erupt in America with current new occupants in the White House. Glazov stated, "United in Hate crystallizes the danger that a Barack Obama administration, if tilted too far left, presents to American security and global freedom."
Get this book and let it guide you to a clear understanding of how Radical Islam and the liberal social terrorists have joined forces to create a world where free speech is rare and where individual achievement is discouraged, a world that only knows revenge without mercy; a world United in Hate.
Steven Clark Bradley
Author of Patriot Acts, Nimrod Rising,
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I found the book entirely compelling, scholarly, well-researched, and well-written. The reviews giving this work five star are correct and in the case of several, almost as compelling as the book itself. They are definitely worth reading by themselves.
Author Glazov tells us that the far-left loves violence and blood, and revels in denigrating the United States and would see it destroyed as soon as possible. When one considers that George Soros has no remorse in aiding the Nazis in confiscating Jewish property as a youthful Jew, then why would he and those like him blanch before the destruction of the US?
For years now I have referred to the far-left fanatics mentioned by Glazov as simply belonging to the BAFEs (Blame America For Everything), but then I failed to understand the their defective mental processes. The author literally explains the twisted reasoning of these people that one reviewer has been so good as to enumerate by name, and frankly I find his logic and evidence proven beyond any reasonable doubt.
So why not five stars? There are two things missing from the author's work: a conclusion and a recommendation on dealing with the problem posed by these mentally unbalanced individuals.
If I were a betting man, I would give the US less than a twenty percent chance for survival under our current conditions -- apparently not a conclusion the author wished to express. If Islamic jihadists don't get us, then China will. And no one wants to talk about this 1,000 pound gorilla in the living room that already controls the financial key to our economy.
The second question concerns a plan for overcoming the forces of evil these people represent or at least surviving their attacks. Clearly the US can not exterminate these individuals as would happen under a totalitarian regime (proof the US is good by definition), nor can we simply give them all lobotomies. And it's far too late for re-education since our education system has been slanted to producing the aforementioned crazies since World War II, and unaffected people are now decidedly in the minority. So as Lenin said, "What is to be done?"
The author offers no cogent answer to this problem, and neither can I. The case can be made that the Confederacy died of States Rights, and it looks like the US will die of freedom. The left does not want freedom as they are singularly unable to cope with freedom and the individual responsibility it entails. They must have a bloody and repressive state (in which they see themselves as an elite or martyrs) where they can feel at home. They hate themselves, so they hate those next to them who enjoy and extoll their freedoms. Think of yourself walking down the street and seeing someone like Bill Ayres coming towards you. Remember, he hates America and all that it stands for. Do you really think he will allow you to stand in the way of its destruction?
One can only pray that ineptitude is a characteristic of these people. But after Obama's election it seems that they have recruited others who either are fellow travelers towards their destination or are seduced by the prospect of a tyranny replacing a system which they see as increasingly flawed and troubled. They are incapable of recognizing that the cure will be worse than the current disease.
Maybe that's why ammunition has disappeared off the shelves of retailers across the US and even from the catalogs and web sites of wholesalers and distributors. Orders are backlogged for months, but is anyone noticing? Will this be the solution, another Civil War? And on whose side will the Army and the National Guard fight?
In short, this is an extremely important book, perhaps the most important in a decade, and one that tells us that we are on the edge of a precipice. Clearly the far-left is attempting to push us over. Author Glazov has given us a descriptive analysis of the problem, but no plan of action for a remedy. It certainly won't come from Washington, the Congress or the Federal Government. I guess now that author Glazov has put the problem in terms that even the most uninvolved American can understand, it will be up to us -- the people. But I guess it always has been.
The primary threat to America comes from within and in the form and personages of those described so thoroughly by author Glazov. The Fifth Column is stronger and more powerful than ever through its control of government, the media and the education process. The hour is late and the light is dim. The candle of freedom is flickering weaker than it ever has since the smowy day before Washington crossed the Delaware. While millions watch college basketball games on TV, our nation, its principles, goodness and sanctified freedoms are slipping away under the careful management and propaganda of the far-left. So mode it be, but ohne mich.
Jamie Glazov on 9/11 was astonished to see that some of his Leftist friends were actually happy at the disaster. He immediately begin to think about the present book, one which analyzes the Totalitarian sickness of our time, the alliance between the Radical Left and the Islamists. Why do people of the Left whose fundamental code of values should be in direct opposition to the misogynistic, liberty- hating , Islamic fundamentalists embrace them?
Glazov sees the story as one of Alienation and Resentment. The Radical Left hate their own societies which they can never feel a part of. The Radical Left's embrace of the Islamists is an embrace of another party whose aim is to bring down Western Democracy.
Glazov has for a number of years now as Editor of Frontpage. Com been on the front- lines of this struggle. He has spoken to many of the leading opponents of the Totalitarian Alliance. He also coming from a family of Russian dissidents understands the Marxist Communist ideological role at the heart of the Left's attack on the West. And he understands too that the Islamists have come and replaced the Soviet Union as the largest Totalitarian threat to Mankind.
Glazov writes clearly and with strength. This book is rich on insights on a wide variety of battlegrounds of the war between those who cherish Freedom and those who would fit Mankind into their own small Ideological prison.
While this book goes a long way towards explaining the paradoxical alliance between Radical Left and Radical Islamic and neo- Nazi Right one still wonders how so many decent people , especially of the Liberal Left, have not raised their voices against this Evil.
This book should be required Reading in Political Science courses in every university of the country.
on March 29, 2009
Well, I must confess that I am "drawn moth-like" to any book which might enable me to understand why people love and support mass-murderers. This has been an irritating puzzle to me for most of my life. Most "normal" people need only a brief description of what Stalin or Pol Pot did before mentally consigning them to the lowest circles of the inferno. But a lot of other people ("abnormal") spend their lives justifying and excusing the likes of Mao and Fidel.
Glazov, as far as I know, is the first writer to step up to the plate with an explanation. That's certainly brave & helpful of him. To summarize: people who fall in love with tyrants are losers. For whatever reason (stupidity, laziness, lack of affect, &c.) they have not managed to achieve anything which they would regard as success. (My own thought is that there might be some megalomania mixed in there, since some people can live happy and contented lives selling shoes, while others gnash their teeth. Really! Right here in Chiang Mai, I see a young man every day who works in a tiny little restaurant selling chicken with rice. He always seems to be happy, and in a sunny mood --- passing by his place is a minor but important lift in the day.)
So, refining Glazov's point to refer to self-perceived failure rather than "objective failure," the people under discussion perform another feat of psychological gymnastics. Nothing can ever be their fault (megalomania again?), and therefore it is Society's Fault. Society is in error, not them!
And, therefore, society needs to be fundamentally changed.
Where Glazov really becomes daring, though, is when he deals with these people's endless excuses for mass-murders. Glazov's answer is that they SECRETLY APPROVE. "You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs" becomes their refrain --- even when a million eggs are broken and spill all over the floor, and only the tyrants get their omelettes.
I mean, these are people who pretend to admire the Soviet Union and apparently have never heard the word "nomenklatura."
So I guess we can all "rest assured" that, the minute Castro dies, all of his fans will switch to Hugo Chavez and/or Iran. If you've ever known a true believer, you soon come to appreciate that the fact of being a believer is more important to them than the religion they are believing in. If the Millerites went up the mountains to await the second coming (19th century America) --- and it didn't happen --- just watch the results. They're all running to find some other religion to believe in (say, Joseph Smith's fancy fables.)
People can be strange, and they can also be dangerous. :-0
This is a book which deserves your time and attention. The content is as timely as today's news, but the commentary is richly informed with a detailed historical background.
Five stars, and I don't hand those out like popcorn!
Why does an openly oppressive theocratic movement appeal to those who enjoy the benefits of freedom, especially to so many of the highly privileged adhering to an ideology which claims to oppose everything that religion represents? This book reveals an unholy alliance and the motives of westerners that hate their own society, often expressed in their own words.
Alain Besançon's seminal study of Communism, Nazism and the Holocaust is called A Century of Horrors. Jamie Glazov connects the dots between the totalitarian massacres of the 20th century, murder in the name of religion and the mutual attraction between the radical left and radical islamists. As Eric Hoffer has shown in The True Believer, movements are interchangeable to a surprising extent. Both the radical and the reactionary hate the present. The temperament, not the ideological content, is crucial: fanatics often move from one form of extremism to another: communism, fascism, xenophobic nationalism, religious intolerance.
Part 2, titled Romance With Tyranny, charts the love affair between western leftists and murderous regimes throughout the 20th century. Intellectuals and celebrities venerated monsters like Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Castro, & Ho Chi Minh. The New Left of the 1960s didn't have a change of heart, just a change of icons from Stalin to third world tyrants. The homicidal and sadistic Che Guevara is still held up as a hero whilst leftards never tire of Cuba's supposedly superior health system.
After the communist victory and resultant slaughter in Vietnam, few of Hanoi's western supporters expressed shock or regret. These true believers do not care about the victims who are merely eggs to be broken in order to create the perfect utopian omelet. The last communist hope in Nicaragua was shattered by Ronald Reagan. After that, the collapse of the Soviet Empire left the Left aimless. The ideological offspring of the 'progressives' that were hoping the West would lose the Cold War became the nihilist leftovers of today.
Hatred of the United States is one great attractor. Jihadists share a desire for cathartic violence with radical leftists; that's why the latter could not conceal their glee in the wake of 9/11. They blamed America and opposed the US campaign to oust the Taliban. The lust for sacrifice remains, expressed in loathing for Western culture, for capitalism, for the West's Judeo-Christian heritage and for Israel. Glazov shows how modern Islamism was incubated by both Nazism and Marxism. In the 1930s the Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj al-Amin al-Husseini, became a supporter of Hitler, eventually settling in Berlin where he encouraged the annihilation of European Jewry, hoping to become the leader of the Arab world in expectation of an Axis victory.
The Mufti promoted Nazism amongst the Arabs, blending National Socialism with fundamentalist Islam. After the war he fled to Cairo where he accommodated fleeing Nazis and planned the destruction of Israel. Al-Husseini not only targeted Jews but also moderate Arabs and the democratic West in general. Nazism was the spiritual and physical bridge bringing ideological extremism to the Arab world. When the Soviet Union became the champion of the Arab cause, hatred of Israel started migrating to the Left. Arab leaders like Gamal Abdel Nasser, Saddam Hussein and Yasser Arafat were all influenced by the Mufti's ideas.
The impulse to create an earthly paradise through human sacrifice is common to both secular & religious totalitarianism. Suicidal & homicidal martyrdom is the favorite expression of the radical desire for utopia. The Dragons Of Expectation by Robert Conquest is most illuminating in this regard. Bloodlust & anti-Americanism go hand in hand with anti-Semitism. All totalitarian ideologies despise modernity, the rule of law and the sanctity of human life, notions that emerged from Judaism. In addition, Jews personify individual achievement and love of life.
Wearing different masks, the forces of evil are very similar in their methods and their madness. That's why the so-called 'peace protests' of 2003 were organized and led by both the Far Right & Far Left as observed by Nick Cohen, Julie Burchill and Christopher Hitchens amongst others. Ayn Rand called them collectivists, Bruce Walker calls them sinisterists but these followers of totalitarian ideologies are all the same. They employ the lie in order to attain power over our minds & bodies. The political spectrum is not linear but circular; there is a spot where the Far Left, Far Right and Radical Islam converge. Their latest idol is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his proxies Hamas and Hezbollah.
Bernard-Henri Levy's Left in Dark Times confirms much of what Glazov exposes here - a global convergence of totalitarians of all stripes, united by their hatred of capitalism, individual freedom, America & the Jewish State. United In Hate concludes with notes, a bibliography and index. It's a worthy contribution to the growing body of literature which includes Eurabia by Bat Ye'or, Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg, Unholy Alliance by David Horowitz, While Europe Slept by Bruce Bawer and Globalising Hatred: The New Antisemitism by Denis MacShane.
on March 16, 2009
Dr. Jamie Glazov has written an exceptionally thought provoking book on the American Left.
He examines their serial worship of successive tyrants and mass murderers and demonstrates repeatedly that they are willing to serve the most bloody and horrible people on the face of this earth as long as those people share the impulse to destroy America and Western civilization.
He tracks the stupid (but deadly) claims of many on the Left in support of the most recent bunch of bloodthirsty mass murderers. He castigates: Ed Asner, Bill Ayers, Harry Belafonte, Medea Benjamin, Daniel Berrigan, Julian Bond, Pat Branson, Naomi Campbell, Jimmy Carter, Noam Chomsky, Ward Churchill, Ramsey Clark, William Sloan Coffin, Francis Coppola, Harvey Cox, Joseph E. Davies, Christopher Dodd, Bernardine Dohrn, David Dillinger, Michael Douglas, Theodore Dreiser, Walter Duranty, Andrea Dworkin, Richard Falk, Norman Finkelstein, Jane Fonda, Eric Foner, Nicholas De Genova, Allen Ginsburg, Michael Harrington, Tom Hayden, Abbie Hoffman, Gerald Horne, Aldous Huxley, Bianca Jager, Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, Barbara Kingsolver, William Kunstler, Gina Lollobrigida, Staughton Lynd, Shirley MacLaine, Norman Mailer, Herbert Marcuse, Mary McCarthy, Cynthia McKinney, Margaret Mead, Michael Moore, Jessica Mitford, Jack Nicholson, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Sean Penn, Linus Pauling, Harry Reid, Jerry Rubin, Mark Rudd, Bernard Sanders, Susan Sarandon, George Bernard Shaw, Cindy Sheehan, Upton Sinclair, Susan Sontag, Steven Spielberg, Dr. Spock, Gloria Steinem, Lynn Stewart, Oliver Stone, Anna Louise Strong, Paul Sweezy, George Wald and a hundred more for spouting nonsense.
Not all these folk have the full set of symptoms, but there are strong threads of alienation from their own culture that suggest a form of mental aberration that makes objective observation and evaluation impossible. The range of intelligence in the group is extreme, proving that these delusions are not linked to overall intelligence. Noam Chomsky is certainly first class when talking in his field of linguistics, but does not display the evaluative good sense of a child when talking politics.
These folk obviously have such a warped imagination about the society in which they live, that for most, only it's destruction will suffice. Their fevered imaginations provide only the most general and fantastic ideas about any replacement society. Their utopia often contradicts all human experience by such a large margin that it is apparent that it is by no means intended as a real goal.
For many on the Left, submerging themselves in a totalitarian movement provides a sense of purpose and meaning to their life. Many in fact can relate to Islamic suicide bombers since their strange psychology contains a wish to sacrifice all for the cause.
Leftists claim to be irreligious, but readily ally themselves with religious tyrants if they offer a possibility of destroying Western society.
Glazov provides personal histories demonstrating the movement of the same people giving their allegiance to one tyrant after another. These folks usually settle for a while on whoever is willing to shed the most blood to purify the current world.
After reading this book, you will often reflect on the differences between what Leftists say and what their actions say about them.
on March 13, 2009
The book is great. Everyone should read it. But the answer is really simpler than the book would indicate.
Liberalism is all about appeasement. Liberals love to "understand" why the bully is "angry". Liberals love to defend any "bad guy" who wants to "fight the white man's world." Islam is the ultimate ultra-violent fantasy where absolutely zealous revolutionaries commit to destruction even if they have to self destruct. Bill Ayers is pat for that kind of commitment.
But, why aren't the liberals scared themselves?
Well, the liberal myth, reinforced by Islamic apologists, is that "Mainstream" Islam will revert to "peaceful moderation" once the "revolution" against Zionism and the oppressive imperialists is over. Like Ho Chi Minh's guerilla armies after Vietnam, today's jihadists will fade away home. And the martyrs are memorialized in song and prose. Islam sheathes its sword and becomes its docile real self. Its great cultural potential flowers once again. Or so goes the mythology...
And what comes after capitalism is defeated?
A socialist utopia of the world community, free of oppression, inequality and unfairness and full of agreement, oneness and community. A Marxist eschatology that meshes remarkably well with Islamic prophecies of a post Armageddon global empire. The trade offs work well in this coming Golden Age. Islam is amiable to socialist economics, and liberalism is amiable to political spirituality. Odd bed fellows make a perfect couple. So goes the mythology...
But that's where the Muslims, both moderate and hard line, have the leftists completely fooled perhaps. A grand deception based in the Koran? Formalized in real doctrine I can't spell and can barely pronounce. This doctrine is one critical aspect of Islam that Westerners do not widely know:
The Muslim has no moral obligation to be truthful, honest or fair with anyone who is an unbeliever or infidel. Treaties, agreements, contracts, promises, pacts or oaths are made with the infidel world only to serve the ultimate motive of bringing it into submission to Allah. Thus, in Islam, as in radical Marxism, the END JUSTIFIES THE MEANS.
What a delicious irony perhaps because it means the Muslims are playing the liberals at their OWN GAME, using victimology as the bait.
Or maybe liberals aren't fooled. Maybe secular leftists wouldn't object to living in a Muslim version of utopia, in terms of economics. Maybe they hope the social issues can be worked out later. The main thing is just getting rid of the West. Then we sort out scientific inquiry and gay marriage and diversity issues later on with the newly moderate global Islam.
The left's self-ease about Islam may also signal their concept that Islam is the PERFECT spiritual vehicle for their global utopia. Simple, non-esthetic. Spartan and austere. Fatalistic. The perfect "pacifier" for peasants needing spiritual balm in the fields and factories. An all-embracing cultural backdrop.
Socialists are NOT hostile to all religions, after all. Only to those who resist like Tibetan Buddhists, or to those who assert God-ordained rights like Protestant Christians. The Soviets came to realize religion was a necessary entity, and desirable if properly controlled. Even in North Korea there exists a church and temple or two. For one, religion is a hat rack to hang traditions on. Nice for weddings and other milestones marking the lives of peasants and craftsmen. Something to make them feel human.
Islam has many appealing hooks that mesh nicely with leftist models:
Islam does not recognize any "seperation of church and state", it lends itself to political uses as much as it overwhelms political life. When controlled by a strongman like Saddam Hussein, every mosque can be a propaganda outlet. Every cleric or imam is a purveyor of submission. Islam is an activist orthodoxy, just like liberalism. A perfect fit.
Islam discourages non-conformity. It discourages dissent. It discourages intellectual musings outside safe boundaries. But it bestows a mantle of "clarity" on the individual as a serious student of life and living. A perfect fit.
Islamic culture saturates the masses with a collective zealotry that is easy to focus. For the angry man there is justification; for the wayward man there is discipline and structure. Perfect fit.
Islam encourages the "virtue" of accepting one's lot in life. Of fatalism. The starving child starves because it is the will of God. We are poor but we are in submission to Allah. Do you see the usefulness of this philosophy in a Marxist structure? Perfect fit.
Islam does have the promised Messiah and his chosen princes who are to be feared and obeyed absolutely. That's another plus that might be a perfect fit.
Last but not least, Islam is all about speedy justice and severe punishment without inhibition toward all who disobey the "authority". A perfect fit.
Secular liberals could actually convert to Islam if required... without really converting. Believe it or not. Islam really isn't all that strict after a certain degree to those INSIDE its walls. You acknowledge Mohammed, profess Allah as the one God and you are a Muslim. Nothing after that is REALLY crucial, because Islam doesn't embrace the idea of "original sin" or even "sinfulness". You can fake it as long as you make a modest effort to go through the motions of piety. Nothing outside the normal realm of social politics we understand in the Western world.
The left may very well succeed in overthrowing the West, but they in turn will turn over to Islam either by choice or by force. And then, who knows?
I am more fixated on divining the possible scenarios that might play out in the United States during the next 50 years. Looking at what is going on in Europe today, I am scared. Very scared. I'm particularly worried and scared by all this talk of "eradicating whiteness" that I hear from liberal "intellectuals". It's like Germany circa 1925, or maybe South Africa, circa 1995, or maybe Zimbabwe now.
on March 28, 2013
If you've every wondered how often those perceived as proponents of liberal agendas of 'freedom' and 'expression' at the same time vocally support or apologize for tyrannical and totalitarian regimes elsewhere, here's yet another clear explication of the Left's infatuation with tyranny, violence, oppression and absolutism. Glazov 'names-names' and voluminously documents the stupefyingly naive, or horrifyingly nihilistic, outpourings of many well known and notable 'commentators' in recent U.S. social history.
Anyone who thinks in terms of 'black and white' and believes the 'progressives' wear the white ones should definitely read this book, if for no other reason to avoid worse disillusionment down the road a piece.