By Thanye Doak
Why does the Left love radical Islam? Why do they so fiercely defend their terrorist activities as those of “freedom fighters”? To be sure, the American Left has a long and at times tortuous history of moral and even material support of some of the most reprehensible and brutal dictators, despots, thugs and “freedom fighters” in modern times. To better understand this I will employ the Core/Periphery model. Simply speaking, geopolitics is broken down into two categories : the Core refers to a states vital and uncompromising interests, whereas, the Periphery represents lesser considerations and, as such, comprises negotiable interests and concerns.
When Lenin and his Bolsheviks swept into power in 1917, the Left was captivated, but then fell strangely silent as he embarked upon a civil war to cleanse the new Soviet of any and all “counter revolutionaries.” The ensuing conflagration left over a million intellectuals, professionals and Tsarists dead and established a policy of purges that would become the modis operandi of his successor, Josef “Koba” Stalin. When Stalin replaced Lenin as the new strongman in Russia the American Left settled into a predictable pattern of apology for his ruthlessness and brutality. During the Allies war conferences at Tehran and Yalta FDR was heard to affectionately refer to Stalin as “Uncle Joe.” FDR even went so far as to staff the State Department with suspected Communist sympathizers. The most notable, a member of FDR’s personal staff at Yalta, Alger Hiss, was later indicted and tried as a Communist spy and subsequently convicted of perjury.
Adolf Hitler was also viewed favorably by the establishment Left in America. His Nationalist brand of Socialism was touted as having brought Germany back from the brink of economic ruin inflicted upon it by the crippling war reparations meted out at Versailles. As a matter of fact, no less of a historic personage than the American Ambassador to Britain, Joseph Kennedy spoke of Hitler in glowing terms to the Roosevelt Administration and a swooning Left. That was until Hitler betrayed the Nazi-U.S.S.R. Non-Aggression Pact of 1939 with his invasion of Mother Russia in 1941. Suddenly Hitler was a “Right-Wing fanatic”, and thus began the methodical and sustained revision by the academic Left of one of histories most mischaracterized socio/political movements. FDR then pumped millions of tons of war material and munitions into the Soviet Union under Lend-Lease to aid in Stalin’s defense against the Nazis. After WWII those same tanks, aircraft and navies were used by Stalin to subjugate what later became known as the Eastern Bloc of Europe.
As America basked in the warm glow of post-war triumphalism the spreading Communist International saw the emergence of a new wave of Socialist despots, dictators and self-proclaimed enemies of the United States: Mao Tse Tung, Kim Il Sun, Fidel Castro (and his hired thug Che Guevara), Ho Chi Minh, Pol Pot and most recently Kim Jong Il. All are celebrated by the Left as “Progressives.” Interestingly enough that is the same moniker adopted by the Left in America today, but I digress.
We now come to the matter of the Left’s blossoming (and for most, baffling) love affair with radical Islam. Peripherally the two have absolutely nothing in common. The Left embraces and celebrates homosexuality, gay marriage, gay adoption, sex, drugs and rock & roll and are reflexively secular in their stand on the issues surrounding church and state. In fact, it has become a predictable matter of course and liberal tradition that come every Christmas the Lefts’ rabid bulldogs, the ACLU, are dispatched by their masters to wage war on defenseless Nativity scenes across the country. In sharp contrast, Shariah law expressly forbids pre-marital sex, drug and alcohol consumption, has absolutely no tolerance for homosexuality-in any form, and insists that church and state are inseparable. But at their core, the Left and radical Islam have one abiding and inviolable common interest and goal: the complete and systematic dismantling of American exceptionalism abroad and its free-market Capitalism, religious pluralism and cultural individualism at home.
Prior to the attacks on New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania on September 11th, 2001, the Left regarded Middle-East tyrants like Saddam Hussein, Moammar Quadafi, Yasser Arafat, and the Ayatollah Khomeini as two bit thugs and lesser players on the geopolitical stage. Now the new darling of the establishment Left is Iran’s Holocaust denying, Israel hating, neo-fascist megalomaniac President Mahmoud Ahmadinijad. For the first time in modern history the American Left and radical Islam see an opportunity to realize their mutual life-long goal of bringing America its knees. However, using radical Islam to accomplish its stated goal of the “fundamental transformation” of America brings with it some inherent dangers: should Shariah law be imposed upon the American judicial system, as is the stated goal of the Islamists, the secular Left will suddenly become the target of an extreme orthodoxy that is uncompromising and unyielding in its adjudication and dispensation of justice. Increasingly timid and indecisive in the deepening malaise of our political correctness the rest of America will become collateral damage to this ill-conceived marriage, and the world will have lost its one and only bulwark against the pitiless malice of tyranny.
The Left’s long history of apologizing for totalitarianism and its wantonly unapologetic practitioners is laid bare for all to see. It is also obvious that there are many who practice a peaceful and benign form of Islam that harbors no ill will towards America and the West and are equally horrified by the atrocities committed in its name. Unfortunately, one must dig through a seemingly endless pile of rubble and bodies in order to find them.
Politics does indeed make for strange bedfellows, but such unions of duplicitous convenience always come at a price… and I fear the cost of this one will be all too dear for us to bear.