United in Hate: The Left’s Romance with Tyranny and Terror

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[This review is reprinted from Middle East Quarterly]

Dr. Jamie Glazov, editor of FrontPageMag.com, exposes the hypocrisy of leftists and liberals who claim to champion the principles of freedom, democracy, liberalism, and feminism yet support both communist and Islamist dictatorships, which implement none of these principles.

David Horowitz, Glazov’s boss, also wrote a book in 2004, Unholy Alliance, on this subject, but Glazov digs deeper. The author, who fled the Soviet Union as a child and earned a PhD from York Univeristy in Toronto in Soviet studies, points in the first 100 pages of the book to a nucleus of American apologists in the 1930s who heaped praise on communist strongman Joseph Stalin, including Walter Duranty of The New York Times and author Upton Sinclair. In the generation that followed, intellectuals including novelist Normal Mailer and feminist activist Simone de Beauvoir continued to apologize for communist regimes in Cuba, China, Nicaragua, and Vietnam.

With the decline of communism, the Left began to support Islamism. Whereas journalists, novelists and activists led the charge in the first wave, Glazov explains in the second half of the book, the most vociferous defenders of Islamism now come from the Ivory Tower.

After the Iranian revolution in 1979, French philosopher Michel Foucalt, who enjoyed stints at the University of Buffalo and University of California Berkeley, lauded Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini as a “saint.” The late English professor Edward Said, famous for his anti-Western philosophy, Orientalism, became a popular apologist for Palestinian Islamist violence in the 1990s. In 2001, Rutgers University English professor, Barbara Foley, called the 9-11 attacks a legitimate response to the “fascism” of U.S. foreign policy. In 2006, Noam Chomsky, an M.I.T. linguistics professor, lauded Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, whose group calls for the destruction of America and Israel.

What Glazov does not explicitly note is that the foremost apologists for Islamism in the universities are the specialists in Middle Eastern Studies. From Columbia’s Rashid Khalidi to Georgetown’s John Esposito, the field has become overwrought with professor-activists who now rationalize Islamism to new generations of students.

But, Glazov provides ample proof that the professors are not alone. Filmmaker Michael Moore likened Iraqi terrorists to “minutemen.” Media mogul Ted Turner reported lauded the 9/11 hijackers as “brave.” And, of course, former U.S. president Jimmy Carter met Hamas leader Khaled Meshal, against the wishes of the U.S. State Department, and now seeks to engage in diplomacy with the group best known for suicide bombing.

Glazov’s lucid and compelling book would be strengthened by distinguishing more clearly between liberal-Left and far-Left. Indeed, not everyone who identifies with the former supports the ideals of the latter. Still, United in Hate highlights an important and disturbing trend that has made the battle of ideas against Islamists and despots that much harder to win.

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  • johncarens

    The title of Glazov's book says it all: "United in Hate".

    One of the greatest shibboleths of the Western Leftisit liberal is that they are the compassionate, thoughtful political movement, when the fact is THEY are filled with all the stereotypical hatreds of which they accuse the Right:

    They are homophobes, they are racists, they are classists, they are bigots. Walter Duranty, perhaps the proto-Modern LIberal, set the mold. For years, his racist, bigoted screeds in the New York Times insisted that the people of the Soviet Union were "Asians", and as such, were incapable of individual thought, and were, in fact, better treated with authoritarian, iron-fisted controll. Duranty's hateful invective perfectly fit with the eugenic posture of most of the achedemic left at the time that held people were not soveriegn individuals, but part of an oozing, maleable ectoplasm to be formed and shaped by elites of the state. This is why HItler and Tojo can never be viewed in a cultural vacuum. They were supported in world-wide achedemic/scientific thought to be cutting-edge statesmen that us Americans, cast-offs from an antique, Christian, Anglican world could not understand.

    Rather like the Global Warming alarmist of today.

    From Michael Moore to Noam Chomsky, the left is besotted with these creeps that loathe and despise humanity. To them, the fewer people, the better. In fact, this could be the underlying assumption of Leftism: They Hate People. Thus they embrace Maraget Sanger and her genocide against African American babies, or Lillian Hellman and her feeling that we would all be Stalinists if we could look inside American prisons. They appreciate mass murderers because they cull the herd, as they see it, that's spoiling their view of Utopia.

    • bullwhacker

      Dead on! Nothing to add.

    • jsburke

      Great synopsis of leftist ideology. My only complaint, the same I have with most people who oppose the left's agenda, is the loose use of the words liberalism and liberal. The left long ago hijacked the term liberalism as well as the language and the meanings of words that are inherent in liberal philosophy. Most people have been taught that America was founded on liberal-conservative principles and so when the left uses the language of classic liberalism the general public is not aware that the left imparts different meanings to words such as equality, freedom, liberty than did the Founding Fathers. As long as we allow the left to misuse and co-opt language we will lose too many arguments in the public realm. I am proud to lay claim to the Classical Liberal philosophy and Burkean conservatism. Everyone should educate themsevles as to what is true liberal-conservativism and what is Modern Liberalism,, the latter being simply the scientific socialism of Marxist-Leninism.

    • http://twitter.com/RTHTGakaRoland Roland

      Nicely wrote and insightful.

  • Smilin Jack

    Right on!

  • Roger H. Cook,MD

    There is no doubt in my mind that the American left is in bed with the islamics , spew hatwe for all our Rpublic stands for i.e, Freedom . They togerter whan control over every thing , taking power from the people is part of their process Alinski, Soros, Omama are pne and the same , The democrats are to blame also control and greed is their way.

  • http://frontpagemag.com nighthawk

    Well said, right on the mark.

  • NBN

    Follow the money. And if they say it's not the money, it's the money. When the Soviet money machine ran dry, "they" just found a new sponsor.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/ElroyJetson Guadapupe

    It is invariably about the money. In the end even the people who appear to be absolutely ideological may be but usually are just pretending to be predominantly ideological.

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