Why The Left Cried When Osama Died


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Similar sentiments were heard throughout Europe as well. The German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen described 9/11 as “the greatest work of art for the whole cosmos.” Dario Fo, the Italian Marxist who won the 1997 Nobel Prize for literature, observed: “The great [Wall Street] speculators wallow in an economy that every year kills tens of millions of people with poverty, so what is 20,000 dead in New York?” [1]

Thus, leftists joined in solidarity with the Muslims who danced in the streets after 9/11 — a Kodak moment for the Left everywhere.

So now we gain a telling context to help us grasp why leftists cried when Osama died. They cheered on 9/11 – and they did so because to be a member of the political faith, you must revile your own host society and lust for its destruction. Thus, leftists venerate the enemy tyrants of their own society. And beneath this veneration lies one of the leftist’s most powerful yearnings: to submit his whole being to a totalist entity. This psychological dynamic involves negative identification, whereby a person who has failed to identify positively with his own environment subjugates his individuality to a powerful, authoritarian entity, through which he vicariously experiences a feeling of power and purpose. The historian David Potter has succinctly crystallized this phenomenon:

. . . most of us, if not all of us, fulfill ourselves and realize our own identities as persons through our relations with others; we are, in a sense, what our community, or as some sociologists would say, more precisely, what our reference group, recognizes us as being. If it does not recognize us, or if we do not feel that it does, or if we are confused as to what the recognition is, then we become not only lonely, but even lost, and profoundly unsure of our identity. We are driven by this uncertainty into a somewhat obsessive effort to discover our identity and to make certain of it. If this quest proves too long or too difficult, the need for identity becomes psychically very burdensome and the individual may be driven to escape this need by renouncing his own identity and surrendering himself to some seemingly greater cause outside himself. [2]

This surrender to the totality involves the believer’s craving to relinquish his individuality to a greater whole. He lusts for his own self-extinction and thereby launches himself on a totalitarian odyssey to shed himself of his own unwanted self. To add to this, the leftist is desperately searching for the feeling of power to help him counteract the powerlessness he feels in his own life. This explains, as Potter notes, the progressives’ cult around tyrants like Mao Tse-tung and “the compulsive expressions of adoration for a Hitler or a Stalin.” He writes,

Negative identification is itself a highly motivated, compensation-seeking form of societal estrangement. Sometimes when identification with a person fails, a great psychological void remains, and to fill this void people incapable of genuine interpersonal relationships will identify with an abstraction. An important historical instance of identification with abstract power has been the zealous support of totalitarian regimes by faceless multitudes of people. The totalitarian display of power for its own sake satisfies the impulse to identify with strength. [3]

Osama, therefore, represents the totalitarian display of power within which leftists can vicariously express their sadistic urges and lose themselves. His death, therefore, represents the annihilation of all that is so sacredly dear to the leftist partner in this toxic and codependent marriage.

Thus, even if it’s proven beyond reasonable doubt that Osama and his terror organization represent something evil, leftists cannot accept it. To recognize the evil of Osama and the wonderful aspects of his death is, for the leftist, to concede that there are societies, cultures, and systems that are much more unjust than ours.

This is an untenable step for leftists to take, because it means acknowledging that there is something superior about our civilization that’s worth saving and defending. Such a move is also anathema for the leftist because he has intoxicated himself with the delusion that his own society is evil and unjust. Diabolical capitalists trample on the poor, the oppressed, and the downtrodden – and the leftist has appointed himself to rescue these victims.

The progressive, therefore, is a self-appointed social redeemer, leading a movement to destroy his own society and liberate the masses. This political mission provides him with immense moral indignation and, therefore, moral superiority, dispositions from which, in turn, he derives tremendous emotional gratification. His whole belief system provides him with a sense of belonging, since he has joined other social redeemers, as well as victims, real or imagined, who wait for him to break their chains.

Thus, the leftist’s political disposition is a faith that reinforces his personal identity and sense of belonging. Admitting that Osama bin Laden is evil and deserved his death would completely undermine the leftist’s faith and result in his excommunication from his social community and the death of his self-image. Seeing Osama as a secular deity, meanwhile, reinforces the leftist’s faith, identity and social life. This is why we see leftists weeping for Osama and why they will continue to weep for the mass murderer.

In a previous generation we beheld the same phenomenon: leftists crying at the death of communist monsters – or from their physical separation with them. Shirley MacLaine powerfully exhibited this pathetic pathology, when she had to leave communist China after her political pilgrimage there in 1972.

Visiting one of the most evil tyrannies in history, which exterminated at least 70 million of its own people, and knowing full well that she was inside a death camp, MacLaine was in ecstasy in the presence of communist mass murder Mao Tse-tung. But then, alas, she had to return to the free society that she despised. And so she stoically held back her tears until she had left China, only beginning to sob the moment she arrived in Hong Kong. As she proudly recited her own agony upon leaving the Chinese death camp, it was during her first capitalist meal at the Hilton, when she had cut into a piece of meat, that tears began to splash on her butter and she excused herself to go to the ladies’ room:

As soon as I closed the door of the cubicle, I knew it would take a while. And then I started to cry. I didn’t really know why, but it had something to do with all those people in a place called America, all those faces I had seen in crowds and in the living rooms, all the betrayed and insulted people I had seen. . . . It had something to do with them, and the women on my delegation and their confusing hang-ups, and it had something to do with George McGovern coming across those two hard years, to see it all go wrong at the end. It was about him, and about the cookie jar in my mother’s kitchen, and the white pigeons in the yard, and the people who were going to jail because they were forced to be criminals, and the families who couldn’t make the payments that month on their cars and their mortgages. . . .[4]

MacLaine’s tears had nothing to do with a cookie jar or white pigeons, of course, but everything to do with her agony over separating herself from the killing machine in which she wanted to lose her own unwanted inner self. And the leftist tears pouring out on the pages of leftist presses today are part of that dark narrative, as progressives must now deal with the horrifying reality of saying goodbye to their own contemporary Mao Tse-tung in jihadist clothing.

And so we come to understand why leftists were so ecstatic at the images of Americans leaping to their deaths while holding hands jumping from the Towers on 9/11 to avoid the burning flames.

We come to understand why they celebrated when, on that tragic day, more than 3,000 Americans died.

And we understand why, almost ten years later, they cried at the death of the mass murderer who engendered that massacre on American shores.

Notes:

[1] All these statements are now on the public record. Paul Hollander has an excellent sampling of them in his Understanding Anti-Americanism: Its Origins and Impact at Home and Abroad, pp. 24–27. For a wide selection of academics who verbalized praise of the 9/11 attacks, see David Horowitz, The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America . Horowitz’s Unholy Alliance also contains a large sampling of leftists’ reactions to 9/11 and remains the best work on this subject.

[2] David Potter, History and American Society, p.307.

[3] Ibid., p.381.

[4] Shirley MacLaine, You Can Get There, p.228.

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To get the whole story on why leftists cry when Islamo-fascists die, read Jamie Glazov’s United in Hate: The Left’s Romance With Tyranny and Terror.


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  • Ghostwriter

    In my view,Bin Laden got what was coming to him.

  • Amused

    I don't think anyone's arguing that . It almost goes without saying . What I find preposterous and utterly absurd , is the aspersions Jaimie is attempting to cast . The "Left " cheered on 9/11 ???? Wept at bin ladens demise ??? Really ! What proof has mr Glazov have thatr anything but a infitesimally small part of American Society DID EITHER ? But Jaimie will no doubt find ONE , cherry pick the story and tghe pictuire , then attempt gto broadbrush half of America . How absurd , how juvenile ….how utterly transparent …….and how intellectually dishonest .

    • Maxie

      "… cherry pick the story and tghe pictuire , then attempt gto broadbrush half of America . How absurd , how juvenile ….how utterly transparent …….and how intellectually dishonest ."

      Sounds as if you're describing the leftist mass media.

  • sodizzy

    Please do not act on this….they are already paranoid to the max of us conservatives. Can we not give them fuel for their whacko fodder? Let the truth prevail!!

  • sodizzy

    I can't help it!! maybe we should have invited UBL to tea and asked him how he would feel about coming in!! surrendering! etc.

  • Amused

    Gee , that's what Ron Paul suggested . So besides you and Paul ,who would suggest that ?

    …and I know , you can't help it .

  • Not A Lefty Loser

    You and Chomsky are great critical thinkers..and on the same side politically. My "dimbulb" friends and I like to listen to you, Ward Churchhill, Chomsky and Michael Moore enlighten us with your liberal brand of superior logic. Hey Genius, did you make an assumption that Obama would get unemployment below 8 percent by now?

  • Amused

    SO ……….The death of bin Laden "HAS DRIVEN A STAKE INTO THE HEART OF THE LEFT ….." and we have a picture of some girl , no doubt a LEFTIST , and no doubt MOURNING the death of bin Laden ….what a crock !!….WHO'S THE GIRL JAIMIE ? Where did that picture come from , and what is she "crying about " .
    You have a Phd ? in What ? Yellow Journalism ?

  • Amused

    …and how ironic ? how utterly absurd ? That the undisputed king of the Left …Obama himself , Mr. Evil Left himself …..was the one who drove that stake into the heart of ………The Left ???
    Man ! this is like the Twilight Zone !
    And I just read one of the blogs sidebars , which claims " Obama Hates Blacks " ?
    Now wait a minute ! Haven't you guys been saying all along …"Obama Hates Whites " ?

    WTF !

  • Steve Goddard

    Please point to where Tony Campolo uses the word 'legitimate' for the 9/11 attacks.