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Another difference was their nihilism masquerading as utopianism. They get very worked up about tearing down the existing social order and replacing it with systems that have only led to mass misery and death. Call me crazy, but I think freedom and democracy are preferable to totalitarian hell.
Also, I acknowledge the existence of good and evil in the world, concepts the Left finds simplistic. While they blather about the nuances of morality, the very real evil they refuse to condemn gains ground. (Of course, when they’re talking about Fox News or Israel or the Bush administration, which they consider evil personified, the Left become spit-flecked Manicheans and nuance flies right out the window.) Unlike the Left, I could see that this country had existential enemies in the world, and that if we didn’t pull ourselves together and begin defending our rights and freedoms and prosperity instead of apologizing and groveling to our enemies, all of whom were guilty of real atrocities and evil, then this country and the West as I knew and loved it would end, and possibly in my lifetime.
FP: Why did the radical Left become the mainstream Left in your view?
Tapson: The radical Left, like radical Muslims, are patient and clever and understand how to worm their way gradually and subversively into the critical arenas of society – the media, schools and universities, the entertainment biz – to shape cultural perceptions. So over the years the radical Left very shrewdly positioned themselves to push their anti-family, anti-capitalist, anti-American agenda, to radicalize youth, and to make moderates – old-fashioned liberals like I had been – irrelevant and marginalized. And not coincidentally, that’s exactly what the Islamists have done as well. So we now find ourselves in a culture war with a divide between Left and Right that is deeper than it’s been for decades.
FP: You refer to the Left sharing the mission with fundamentalist Islam to tear down the West. Expand on this for us and explain a bit more your perspective on what brings the Left into solidarity with the most monstrous totalitarian force of our time.
Tapson: Well, this is an issue David Horowitz explored in Unholy Alliance and more recently, Andrew C. McCarthy in The Grand Jihad. Horowitz points out that both Islam and the Left are totalitarian movements in pursuit of transformative social justice, and they have a common enemy in the United States, which stands in the way of that revolution. Islam has benefited hugely from the Left’s religion of multiculturalism, the essence of which is that all cultures are equally worthy and off-limits to judgment except Western civilization, which is the source of all oppression and evil in the world and must be eliminated. This ties in neatly with the aim of Muslim fundamentalists, even though they want to establish a theocracy and the Left wants a godless socialist state. So they’re willing to work together in an unofficial coalition to destroy the Great Satan, America. Of course, if they ever succeed at that, the Islamists will then turn on the cowardly Left and eat them alive, but hey, that’ll be their problem.
FP: Are you optimistic or pessimistic that our civilization can take on radical Islam, especially with the obstacle we face of the Left controlling so many boundaries of our discourse and debate?
Tapson: Jamie, you nailed it when you talk about “our civilization taking on radical Islam,” because that’s how big this issue is – I believe it’s the defining challenge and conflict of our time, and that civilization as we know it hangs in the balance. Anyone who thinks this is just Islamophobic paranoia is either in denial about the determination and fanaticism of our enemy, or simply isn’t paying attention to the threats we face on multiple fronts.
Political correctness, a complicit media and willfully blind leadership do present enormous obstacles, and we’ve lost a lot of ground already in this so-called Clash of Civilizations. But I’m strongly optimistic because I believe ordinary citizens in America and Europe and Australia are waking up to the threat. They have a common-sense view of what’s at stake, and since 9/11 they’ve been educating themselves about the Islamic threat, unlike most of our leaders and elites, who hide behind PC platitudes. So I believe the tide will begin to turn. But it will take ordinary people throwing off the chains of political correctness and refusing to accept the media lies and smears of bigotry and Islamophobia from Islamists like CAIR and their Leftist sympathizers. It will take leaders who aren’t afraid to defend our values and traditions and our history. And it won’t come without fierce political and cultural struggle; I believe that in some places, like Europe, it won’t come without violence in the streets.
FP: Some of your future plans and projects?
Tapson: As you noted earlier, I’m working on a book about how Hollywood is undermining us against radical Islam, and I’ll continue blogging and writing articles and speaking about that and related issues. I’m co-writing a documentary about the Muslim Brotherhood for terrorism expert Steven Emerson. And I have film and TV projects in the works that I hope will make an impact in the Clash of Civilizations.
FP: Mark Tapson, thank you for joining Frontpage Interview.
Tapson: Jamie, it was an honor.
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