The present article focuses on the so-called “peace left” – so called because most of the individuals participating in it are not pacifists and are not really interested in peace as such, but in radical agendas that are served by opposing America’s war on terror. (Thus there were no “peace” demonstrations at the Iraqi embassy calling on the government of Saddam Hussein to comply with seventeen U.N. resolutions which the war was undertaken to enforce.)
The peace left’s core consists of the ideological descendents of the communist/progressive left that wanted the West to lose the Cold War to the Soviet Union. This no mere motley crew of inconsequential fringe extremists, but is in fact the well-organized, militant, and immensely influential driving force behind the contemporary peace movement and the enormous anti-war rallies it has recently staged. Upon the foundation of its hatred for the United States, the peace left has forged its alliance with radical Islam, whose wellspring of anti-American hatred runs just as deep.
In word and deed, both of these allies make it plain that they consider everything about the United States to be evil and unworthy of preservation; that they wish to see American society and its way of life crushed by any means necessary, including violent revolution. Their position was well summarized by the now-infamous professor Ward Churchill, who asserted that terrorist violence directed against the United States is a morally justifiable response to what he characterizes as the U.S. government’s “rape” and “murder” of other peoples. “If we want an end to violence,” says Churchill, “especially that perpetrated against civilians, we must take the responsibility for halting the slaughter perpetrated by the United States around the world.” Churchill does not, however, harbor any hopes that America might mend its alleged flaws; rather, he advocates the country’s destruction: “I want the state gone: transform the situation to U.S. out of North America. U.S. off the planet. Out of existence altogether.” Toward this end, Churchill candidly endorses further acts of anti-American terror. “One of the things I’ve suggested,” he says, “is that it may be that more 9/11s are necessary.” Lamenting that the terrorism of 9/11 had proved “insufficient to accomplish its purpose” of eviscerating the United States, Churchill wrote, “What the hell? It was worth a try.”
These sentiments are echoed by no less a figure than Osama bin Laden, who in 1998 issued the following edict: “We—with God’s help—call on every Muslim who believes in God and wishes to be rewarded to comply with God’s order to kill the Americans and plunder their money wherever and whenever they find it. We also call on Muslim ulema, leaders, youths, and soldiers to launch the raid on Satan’s U.S. troops and the devil’s supporters allying with them, and to displace those who are behind them so that they may learn a lesson. The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies—civilians and military—is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it.”
– “Unholy Alliance: The ‘Peace Left’ and Islamic Jihad Against America” co-written with John Perazzo
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