How Leftism Poisoned a Psychiatrist’s Mind


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If your sister were among the nearly 3,000 people murdered in the World Trade Center on 9/11, how would you react to Osama Bin Laden’s death? More specifically, if you were to write an opinion piece on the subject for a major newspaper, what would you most want to communicate?

One would think that anyone who had lost a loved one on 9/11 would write about bin Laden’s guilt, about evil and about experiencing some degree of moral and emotional satisfaction that the loved one’s murderer had been killed by American forces.

But not Robert Klitzman, a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University. He had other, more pressing, things to say.

Two days after bin Laden was killed, Klitzman wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times reflecting on his sister Karen’s death on 9/11. While acknowledging that bin Laden “more than anyone else had caused my sister’s death” and noting that he is “glad” that bin Laden “was now at the bottom of the sea,” Klitzman directed his rage and blame elsewhere.

The main focus of his passion was to blame the United States for arousing the hatred of Muslims (including those who murdered his sister) and for arousing the hatred of “the rest of the world” as well.

Klitzman writes: “When the members of Al Qaeda attacked on 9/11, Americans wondered, ‘Why do they hate us so much?’ Many here believe they dislike us for our ‘freedom,’ but I think otherwise.

“There are lessons we have not yet learned. I feel Karen would share my concerns that underlying forces of greed and hate persevere. American imperialism, corporate avarice, abuses of our power abroad and our historical support of corrupt dictators like Hosni Mubarak have created an abhorrence of us that, unfortunately, persists. We need to recognize how the rest of the world sees us, and figure out how to change that. Until we do that, more Osama bin Ladens will arise, and more innocent people like my sister will die.”

In the course of my lifetime, I have read surely many thousands of columns.

And as I read those with which I differ as often as I do those with which I agree, many have annoyed, some even angered me.

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  • Ignacious Hollander

    Confident people are concerned primarily with what they think of others. Insecure people are concerned with what others think of them. Klitzman would have our nation conform to the opinion of other nations and cower for what we do like all other nations: compete for power and resources. Is there a nation that hasn't abused its power? Even the weakest pocket foreign aid before it can benefit their citizens, and live by the bribery system. Purity left the planet with the garden of Eden. Klitzman upholds the popular, liberal doctrine of shame for being an American and benefiting from its wealth and success. I would advise he go live in a better country, passing on the way out those struggling to get in. Make room, would ya fella?

    • FrankS

      Sociopaths don't care what others think about them.

      • Anamah

        FrankS, you make a confusion between what Klitzman says he cares and what he really cares. Sociopaths can tell a lot of false statements including how much they care about others opinion, but they don't. Liberals and Socialists including.

    • Anamah

      Ignacious Hollander, you have my vote!

  • g_jochnowitz

    There are only two doctrines today in which people have blind faith: Marxism and Islam. Jews and Christians no longer believe in executing witches and homosexuals, despite the fact that Exodus 22:18 and Leviticus 20:13, respectively, tell us to do so. The Talmud ended faith for Jews; the Enlightenment did so for Christians. Since Marxism and Islam still preserve blind faith, they are natural allies. That's why the Left licks Islamic ass.

    • GracieZG

      Nope, there is a third one: psychiatry. Materialism applied to the spirit of man. The spirit of man considered to be a brain chemical. In other words, there is no "spirit," just blood, bones and chemistry, reacting. Victims, all of us. A philosophy (not a science) revered by many as a religion. Since there are no cures in psychiatry, that means the premise is false. The psych bible, ever expanding, becomes a series of insurance codes corresponding to all aspects of human behavior, to be marketed to the devout. Psych drugs become the materialist's communion, with devastating side effects that torture the believer, who will then accept the drug cocktail that follows as the psych tries for the perfect concoction. The gullible believer desperately hopes to be relieved of the very side effects of life itself. The question should be "What is character and honor, as befits the spiritual nature of humankind, and how do I develop it and apply it to life?" Instead, psychiatry's question is "Who or what can I blame?"

  • Maxie

    bin Laden has made clear his hatred of Jews and, in his mind, their dominance of world economics from their base in the U.S. So our "sex, drugs and rock n' roll" decadence gets exported to the Islamic world which is thereby polluted. Accordingly, there's a natural alliance between a bin Laden and the anti-capitalist Left. Not complicated.

  • GypsyTyger

    "I suspect that Klitzman is a morally better man than his thesis suggests." Why? Because he had a sister who had the misfortune to be in one of the World Trade Center towers on September 11 2001? You are your ideas.

  • char

    There are plenty of shrinks who are, themselves, just plain nuts. There is a psychological reason behind this man's thinking, and all leftist thinking, I'm seriously trying to figure it all out. Maybe he thinks his sister did something to piss off the entire Arab world, just by existing – it must have been her fault, it must be America's fault, the Muslims can't be the ones that are crazy.

    • sedoanman

      The credo of the Left is tolerance über alles, and from that come radical egalitarianism, non-discrimination, multiculturalism [the idea that all cultures are equal and none are better than any others], etc. In order to make this true, the liberal must bring America down to the level of the vilest, most intolerant, and tyrannical cultures on the planet. Notice that the liberal has to MAKE this true; he cannot put together facts and come to a conclusion. IOW, in this process he must twist the facts so they fit his ideology.

  • ajnn

    The head of Pakistan's secret service (ISI) was iterviewed and he said:

    (i) Bush was behind 9/11, (ii) American tyroops kill Muslim children on purpose, (iii) the United States is behind all terrorism and violence in Pakistan and Afghanistan, (iv) etc. The interview is available at the website 'memri'.

    Why do they hate us ? Maybe a 1/2 century of anti-american propaganda plays a role.

  • waterwillows

    Why do they hate us? Been asked lots of times by many people. Many different answers have come from that question. But the one that is mostly likey to be the truest, is just plain old envy on a massive scale.
    They are able to produce only hell-holes on earth and resent, with great envy any nation that does better. It speaks volumes about the inadequacy of Allah and kind of hard for even the stupid to miss. So they just hate the truth and the facts while burning with envy.

    • SpiritOf1683

      They hate us for the same reason that they've hated us for 14 centuries – because we're not Muslims, and they hate us even more because we fought back against, and beat the Jihadis regularly for almost 300 years between 1683 and 1973, which prevented them controlling the West and making us their slaves. However, Jan Sobieski, the victor at Vienna, could hardly have foreseen political correctness coming 300 years down the line.

  • Lisa_H

    As a psychiatrist with his skewed world view (that makes him feel good about himself as being somehow morally superior) how many of his patients do you think he is actually able to impact in a beneficial way?

    • SpiritOf1683

      And a first – a psychiatrist who is even madder than his most insane patients.

  • pyeatte

    Why do they hate us? Frankly, I don't give a damn.

  • nightspore

    "Why do they hate us?"

    Actually, it's for the same reason that they hate Copts.

  • topperj

    I guess the rape victim should look in the mirror, through the bruises, and ask what she did to cause her rape?

  • Nelson Santiago

    Psychiatry has become a joke, even among members of its' own profession. For those with any intellectual curiosity and compeeling evidence on the subject, world-renowned psychiatrist, William Glasser has written a book: WARNING: Psychiatry Can Be Hazardous To Your Health. He is not only a member of the "mystery profession", he is one of its most avid critics. His evidence is compelling. Clearly the profession has embarked on a path toward a philosphical path where condoning foolish excuses for abhorrent behaviors is the norm. Leftist elites always looking to justify their liberal worldview have chosen psychiatrists and their "new priest" in order to justify their hedonism without guilt. It was well said by St. Paul to the Romans that people have become "vain in their imaginations and their foolish hearts were darkened; Professing themselves to be wise, the became fools".

  • GracieZG

    Just listen to their own words if you want to understand the philosophical underpinings of the psychiatric industry:
    "To achieve world government, it is necessary to remove from the minds of men their individualism, loyalty to family traditions, national patriotism, and religious dogmas."
    G. Brock Chisholm, Canadian psychiatrist, co-founder of the World Federation for Mental Health

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