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Monday, October 18, 2010

JIHADIS AND THE LEFT

"The Iraqis who have risen up against the occupation are not "insurgents" or "terrorists" or "The Enemy." They are the REVOLUTION, the Minutemen, and their numbers will grow -- and they will win. Get it Mr Bush?"
-Michael Moore

Pelosi in a Hijab
At first glance a rational person would have to assume that the modern American left would have absolutely nothing to do with radical Islam. The left's libertine outlook on social life, suspicion or even outright hostility toward religion, and dislike of absolutism seems diametrically opposed to the strict religious and social code of Islam. Muslim teaching rejects homosexuality as sin, requires submission in women, and holds to rigid, absolute codes of behavior and life. Radical Islam similarly seems like it should consider the left with hostility and even violence.

Yet in practice, that animosity doesn't always appear. All too often, the public statements and views of the left and radical Islam seem to match rather than clash. Consider the latest speech by the man posing as Osama Bin Laden. Lee Keith and Salah Nasrawi reported at the Washington Examiner:
"The effects of global warming have touched every continent. Drought and deserts are spreading, while from the other floods and hurricanes unseen before the previous decades have now become frequent," bin Laden said in the audiotape, aired on the Arab TV network Al-Jazeera.

The terror leader noted Washington's rejection of the Kyoto Protocol aimed at reducing greenhouse gases and painted the United States as in the thrall of major corporations that he said "are the true criminals against the global climate" and are to blame for the global economic crisis, driving "tens of millions into poverty and unemployment."
In 2002, a Bin Laden speech condemned the United States for failing to sign the Kyoto treaty: "...so that you can secure the profit of your greedy companies and industries," and claimed that the US is using its power "to destroy more people than any other nation in history––not to defend principles and values, but to hasten to secure your interests and profits.” In a later speech he echoed the left's hysteria about the PATRIOT Act, saying: "tyranny and the suppression of freedoms to his own country––and this they called the ‘Patriot Act,’ implemented under the pretext of combating terrorism."

Why does Radical Islam sound so much like the modern leftist? Part of the reason is that the smarter Jihadis know that they can sound leftist and gain support from academics, journalists, and lefties around the globe who are more interested in someone who hates America and opposes its goals than in why or if they really mean what they say. Bruce THornton writes at RightNetwork:
...bin Laden’s talk about climate change is for the benefit of American progressives, who have found in apocalyptic environmentalism a way to attack and weaken modern capitalism now that the old Marxist analyses have been exploded by history.
It resonates with the left and helps erode morale and break unity, which is useful to the radical Muslim. And part of the reason is that the left is in general clueless about what the jihadi really is intent on achieving.

Judith Butler is a Maxine Elliot Professor in the Departments of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature and the Co-director of the Program of Critical Theory at UC Berkeley, and not long ago she said that Hamas and Hezbollah are “social movements that are progressive, that are on the Left, that are part of a global Left.” More recently she attempted to clarify this by saying:
,,,groups like Hamas and Hezbollah should be described as left movements, that like all left movements, one has to choose which ones one supports and which ones one refuses. They are “left” in the sense that they oppose colonialism and imperialism, but their tactics are not ones that I would ever condone.
She views them as kin in their opposition to imperialism and colonialism, not realizing that they are imperialist and colonialist in their outlook. The left hasn't always been so protective of human life, though; in the 1982 documentary No Place To Hide FBI informant Larry Grathwohl testified about the Weather Underground:
I asked, "well what is going to happen to those people we can't reeducate, that are diehard capitalists?" and the reply was that they'd have to be eliminated.

And when I pursued this further, they estimated they would have to eliminate 25 million people in these reeducation centers.

And when I say "eliminate," I mean "kill."

Twenty-five million people.

I want you to imagine sitting in a room with 25 people, most of which have graduate degrees, from Columbia and other well-known educational centers, and hear them figuring out the logistics for the elimination of 25 million people.

And they were dead serious.
That was Bernadine Dohrn and Bill Ayers' group. Ayers was recently turned down for an Emeritus professor position at University of Chicago where he taught for years despite vigorous efforts of the professor and many of the board members. I guess their opposition to violence hasn't waned all that much over the years.

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