Leftist Dupes: From the Communist Brotherhood to the Muslim Brotherhood


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But it wasn’t merely the intellectuals. America’s iconic president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was impressed by “Uncle Joe.” Amazingly, Stalin so hoodwinked President Roosevelt, that FDR openly mused that Stalin had even taught FDR, Churchill, and all the rest of them something about the “way in which a Christian gentleman should behave.” Where might Stalin have gained this alleged virtue? FDR, the Episcopalian elder from Hyde Park, looked upward for an answer: Perhaps it had been the dictator’s youthful training for the “priesthood.”

Of course, it wasn’t merely old men in the Kremlin that impressed the American Left. Our intellectuals, from writers to hippies, were ga-ga like giddy schoolgirls over certain Latin American communists.

For some of these men, the attraction to these caudillos seemed to border on the sexual. After meeting Che Guevara, I. F. Stone, who founded the National Emergency Civil Liberties Committee with Corliss Lamont, recorded: “He was the first man I had ever met whom I thought not just handsome but beautiful. With his curly, reddish beard, he looked like a cross between a faun and a Sunday school print of Jesus.” Stone carried on, speaking of Che as “like some early saint, taking refuge in the desert.”

Similar urges were expressed of Che’s partner in crime, Fidel Castro, whose presence transformed ‘60s “yippie” Abbie Hoffman. “Fidel lets the gun drop to the ground, slaps his thigh and stands erect,” marveled Hoffman at the sight of Castro. “He is like a mighty penis coming to life, and when he is tall and straight, the crowd immediately is transformed.”

When the image of a giant penis was not satisfying enough to the Left’s exalted imagery of Fidel, the likes of Norman Mailer invoked the specter of “the ghost of Cortez … riding Zapata’s white horse.”

As usual, outdoing all others in its undo praise of Castro was the Bible of the American Left: the New York Times. Most egregious was a remarkably influential page-one article in the Sunday, February 24, 1957 issue, where reporter Herb Matthews assured Americans that Castro’s “program” “amounts to a new deal for Cuba, radical, democratic and therefore anti-communist.” Matthews was confident that Castro would bring “social justice” to Cuba. Granted an exclusive interview with a Castro hiding in the Sierra Maestra mountains, Matthews excitedly reported that Castro spoke with “extraordinary eloquence.” “His is a political mind rather than a military one,” reported the Times’ journalist. “He has strong ideas of liberty, democracy, social justice, the need to restore the Constitution, to hold elections. He has strong ideas on economy, too.”

What unbiased source did Matthews cite for these remarkable claims? Fidel Castro, of course. “Above all,” Castro promised the New York Times, “we are fighting for a democratic Cuba and an end to dictatorship.” Castro assured that he desired a “free, democratic Cuba.”

Yes, yes, but that’s old Cold War stuff—or mostly, at least. These guys are all long gone now, Mailer, Hoffman, Matthews.

Well, how about this post-Cold War assessment of the last remaining true bastion of Stalinism; that is, North Korea and its dictator, Kim Il-Sung, offered by an elected American president, Jimmy Carter?

Carter made a June 1994 trip to this prison state. Carter was totally hoodwinked, filing this incredible account of life in North Korea:

People are busy. They work 48 hours a week…. We found Pyongyang to be a bustling city. The only difference is that during working hours there are very few people on the street. They all have jobs or go to school. And after working hours, they pack the department stores, which Rosalynn visited. I went in one of them. It’s like Wal-Mart in American stores on a Saturday afternoon. They all walk around in there, and they seem in fairly good spirits. Pyongyang at night looks like Times Square. They are really heavily into bright neon lights and pictures and things like that.

In truth, North Korea is a sea of darkness. As a well-known satellite photo attests (click here), the country at night is draped in black, in empty contrast to South Korea. Within one year of Carter’s gushing appraisal, two to three million North Koreans (out of a population of 20 million) starved to death. They weren’t packing Wal-Mart; they were eating grass, bark from trees, and, in some cases, human corpses.

Should I go on? The tragedy of the Left is its consistent gullibility as it moves from one international totalitarian threat to another, from the Cold to the War on Terror—as has been ably demonstrated in these pages by the likes of Jamie Glazov, David Horowitz, and others, whether documenting Jimmy Carter’s statements about Hamas or various other liberals’ encomiums about Middle East Islamists.

And when they’re not praising our enemies, liberals are blasting American leaders who try to confront those enemies.

Who could forget when, on May 10, 2004, Ted Kennedy went to the Senate floor and declared: “President Bush asked: ‘Who would prefer that Saddam’s torture chambers still be open?’ Shamefully, we now learn that Saddam’s torture chambers reopened under new management—U.S. management.”

Or, recall the unforgettable words of Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), who compared the thankless work of U.S. military interrogators at the Guantanamo Bay facility to the work of “Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime—Pol Pot or others—that had no concern for human beings.” This was not a flip comment by a Durbin caught on tape outside a nightclub after a few drinks. Durbin said this on the floor of the U.S. Senate, reading from a text, on June 14, 2005, amid the single worst stretch of killings of American soldiers by terrorists inside Iraq. The terrorists’ goal was to subvert support for America’s mission in Iraq and the War on Terror. Durbin had helped the cause.

Believe me when I say that this is merely a sample of what could be a multi-volume set chronicling the Left’s fatal misjudgment of a long line of dictators and brutal regimes, where jaw-dropping naïveté has led to the replacement of moderately repressive regimes with something far worse, from Nicaragua to Iran.

Could Egypt be next? Could Mubarak give way to the Muslim Brotherhood? I have many thoughts on that complex situation. But I know one thing for certain: Based on a long, long line of fatal deceit, I don’t trust the American Left to get it right.

Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College. His latest book is Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century.

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  • LibertyLover

    Dr. Kengor, I read your book, "Dupes." What is most amazing is how little the rhetoric of the dupes has changed from the early '30s to present. The language, the images, the tactics, the whole ball of wax has not changed one iota. I highly recommend your book.

  • Steve Chavez

    The most important period of Communist Brotherhood is the 80's. The KGB, the Cuban DGI, and our Communist Party USA (CPUSA) were that Brotherhood who spread their comradery to Central America. To do this, our CPUSA set up countless fronts to raise money, especially from churches, thus the beginning of Liberation Theology in Central America. Universities were used as their base of operations allowing access to the gullible and naive to recruit in their Army. These students went to Nicaragua in Construction Brigades "to help the people," but when Ortega lost the 1990 election, the Brigades and other fronts left proving that they were there instead to "help an ideology!" The U.S. Peace Council, a CPUSA front, was an affiliate of the WORLD PEACE COUNCIL, run by the KGB! We had a New Mexico Peace Council whose leader, Gerry Bradley, was also head of the NM Marxist Educators for Socialist Actiion. He denied he was a Marxist on two "peace" meetings even after I had gone to the Marxist meeting where the guest speaker, George Meyers, advocated the "overthrow of the United States through force if necessary!"

    • Steve Chavez

      Part Two: The BRAINWASHED university students of the 80's KGB/CPUSA ARE THE LEADERS OF THE UNITED STATES TODAY! Many in Congress also aided in the Communist revolution in Central America and they too are today's leaders! Hillary Clinton gave funds to the 80's Marxist FMLN in El Salvador and just last year the FMLN won the Presidency through "democracy" and she was the high ranking U.S. official at the inauguration! Look how Hillary and Obama treated Manuel Zelaya of Honduras and their silence of Hugo Chavez meddling there and in other American countries! GOOGLE BARACK OBAMA SUNDIAL 1983 which is an article he wrote in the Columbia University Sundial. He wrote about, and sided with, the very KGB/CPUSA FRONTS directed by the U.S. Peace Council! CISPES was also a KGB/CPUSA front! OBAMA WAS IN PARTNERSHIP OF THESE GROUPS!!! NOW HE IS PRESIDENT! STUDY THE 80'S CPUSA and you will begin to understand how they are still running the country through the Democrat Party! Go to cpusa.org and pww.org RIGHT NOW and tell me the difference between the Communists and the Democrats! That's the real Brotherhood, "THE ENEMY WITHIN!"

    • RJFNY

      Thanks to prof. Kengor and you mr. Chavez. The info you share is brillant. You obviously are not the product of public education,"a mere contrivance to mould people to be exactly alike"J.S.Mill. Or at least your education has gone well beyond the general state education of J. Dewey. The longer I live the more I know, that the most valuable ED. is self ED. Thanks again.

  • Gamaliel Isaac

    I wonder if one of the motives is to avoid war. In the twisted rationalization world of the left if we praise our enemies and make them out to be better than we are than we don't have to fight them.

  • Cuban Refugee

    Thank you, Dr. Kengor, for this excellent article. It takes all the strength I can gather to not physically assault the useful idiots who cross my path proudly wearing Che shirts. It is as if, with their inappropriate sartorial choice, they wish to proudly proclaim that a murdering coward is a revolutionary saint. If they would talk to a few people who witnessed Che Guevara in action at the firing squad, and read Humberto Fontova's books and yours, they might burn their shirts along with their stupidity.

    • trickyblain

      Hey! We finally agree!

      One day in Santa Cruz, a straggly looking dude wearing approched me and asked for money. I held out a ten dollar bill and told him it was his if he could tell me why he admired Che. He said "who?" I said "the guy on your shirt." He muttered something about being a revolutionary. I handed him the cash out of pity.

      I think it has more to do with that picture looking "cool" than anything else. Kind of like that iconic pic of Jim Morrison you see everywhere — only Morrison wasn't a cowardly murderer.

      • Cuban Refugee

        Yes, Tricky, we finally agree … I am beyond shocked, but pleased. Please add whatever you had for breakfast today to your daily diet. But, seriously — now that we have come to a meeting of the minds on one subject, we can try to be the lion and the lamb, and hope that our rapidly falling world will benefit from the serenity of the peace in our hearts. My wish for you is that you experience the fullness of the Love that you are — then, we truly will be one.

  • MBANJ

    In this harried world folks digest snippets. I am sure Attilla the Hun was a charming man but what is indisputable was the fact that he murdered his family members in order to attain the leadership position. This type of behavior is not a "slippery slope" but rather it is a bad person jumping in the direction of Hades. Because some uneducated person likes an appearance for marketing or a mystique might exist around an activist does not mean we should sit quietly and allow new generations to treat them as heroes worthy of emulation. Good article.

  • ze-ev ben jehudah

    The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion.It should transcend a
    personal God and avoid dogma and theology.Covering both the natural
    and the spiritual,it should be based on a religious sense arising from
    the experience of all things natural and spiritual as a meaningful unity.
    Buddism answers this description.If there is any religion that ould cope
    with modern scientific needs it would be Buddism. Albert Einstein.

    • Stu in SDGO

      What nonsense! Have you ever been to a Buddhist temple? A friend of mine took me to one in Taipei a couple of years ago. The place was nothing but a commercial enterprise run by the "monks." Two examples: a fake tree that contained ornaments that were monetary pledges/contributions to the temple, with admonitions to "donate to achieve internal peace, etc." One purchased chances to pick sticks from a large urn; the sticks contained fortunes, and if one didn't like one's fortune, more chances could be bought until a good one was picked. And then there was the bank-teller row that collected public donations right in the "temple." Absurd and ridiculous to nominate Buddhism as a "cosmic religion."

    • RJFNY

      Einstein was a scientist, not a political leader. People need more than science. Without a personal god can there be god given personal liberty. Or would we not replace our faith in a personal god by putting it in the impersonal state. Totalitarianism requires this. Therefore I choose the god of our fathers because I love liberty.

  • BLJ

    What these morons don't realize is that the Castros, Che's, Lenin's, Muslim Brotherhood, etc that they support would gladly imprision or kill them if given the chance.

    • topperj

      I don't think that fazes them in the least. They have a death wish. Beck has played some amazing clips of these useful idiots extolling totalitarianism. Some great clips of Shaw are bone chilling.

  • http://www.therepublicrevealed.com/ Victor Laslow

    In case you have not noticed Obama has gotten his way. So Far.
    Egypt indeed needed to change its leadership and by all accounts we should stay out of it. Obama let it be known that he wished it to be NOW. Knowing in a vacuum there will be anarchy. Are his hopes that the Muslim Brotherhood will fill the vacuum? Obama is more than happy to use one or the other. Either the progressive new one world order or radical Muslim Caliphates will benefit his ideology. The end result is, no matter whom the winner is, it will bring about the same end game! The destruction of Israel and the free enterprise way of American life are both at stake. I saw this long ago and in a letter I thanked my Jewish brothers and sisters. I did so in a letter I addressed to my first girlfriend knowing she belongs to a Socialist community of Jews in the Bronx, NY. And wanting to be a part of history, she voted for Obama. Her love of Socialism far outweighs her love of country or Israel. In my opinion Socialism and religion are natural enemies therefore I believe she has no religion…… http://www.therepublicrevealed.com/forums/index.p

  • http://www.therepublicrevealed.com/ Victor Laslow

    In case you have not noticed Obama has gotten his way. So Far.
    Egypt indeed needed to change its leadership and by all accounts we should stay out of it. Obama let it be known that he wished it to be NOW. Knowing in a vacuum there will be anarchy. Are his hopes that the Muslim Brotherhood will fill the vacuum? Obama is more than happy to use one or the other. Either the progressive new one world order or radical Muslim Caliphates will benefit his ideology. The end result is, no matter whom the winner is, it will bring about the same end game! The destruction of Israel and the free enterprise way of American life are both at stake. I saw this long ago and in a letter I thanked my brothers and sisters. I did so in a letter I addressed to my first girlfriend knowing she belongs to a Socialist community in the Bronx, NY. And wanting to be a part of history, she voted for Obama. Her love of Socialism far outweighs her love of country or Israel. In my opinion Socialism and religion are natural enemies therefore I believe she has no religion…… http://www.therepublicrevealed.com/forums/index.p

  • http://www.therepublicrevealed.com/ Victor Laslow

    Thank you Obama and friends let the Caliphate begin. http://www.therepublicrevealed.com/forums/index.p

  • michaelle

    The political morons are trying to ruin this country so we match up more with the rest of the world for the one world government system. Its being done on purpose-and Obama is the worst. Also, how about the Caliphate? (The muslim brotherhood trying to take the world over like hitler)

  • USMCSniper

    Today, our society remains enthralled by Cultural Marxism, which is strangling our freedom, and threatening our future. This threat to our culture and way of life accelerated to a deadly speed with the establishment, in 1933 at Columbia University, of the Institute for Social Research, originally called "The Institute for Marxism." This institution became known as the Frankfort School. The destructive nature of the Frankfort School, founded in New York after it's theoreticians fled there from Frankfort, Germany when Hitler came to power, is obvious from even a cursory examination of its primary texts. The four horsemen of the school were music critic Theodor Adorno, psychologist Erich Fromm, sociologist Wilhelm Reich and professor Herbert Marcuse. Their ideas, echoing through the halls of academia are still dominate in liberals today.

  • AWT

    Sadly, I have read countless articles which have covered the same ground.

    The question that needs to be posed is WHY is the Left so supportive of these regimes. The Left is not stupid and gullible, and is often highly educated and intelligent. They are fully aware of the history of these regimes.

    There clearly is an objective in play on the part of the Left which we do not understand and cannot accept. What is it?

    • Guest

      They're sado-masochists who like psychological transvestites like to dress up in the guise of do-gooders and preen.

    • RJFNY

      It's pragmatism over principle. The left accepts no limit on gov't power, at least not when the left is in charge. They either fail to see this leaves the door wide open to tyrants and despots or that is their aim. Dictatorship is efficient. W. Wilson wrote this and advocated for a gov't. whose power was" fully invested in some one person….." in a 1906 paper on "leadership and the presidency". They are also fundamentally dishonest with hidden agendas and the irritating habit of redefining terms to fit their ends. Shall I continue? I ask rhetorically.

  • Steve Chavez

    TROUBLE IN CASTRO'S CUBA! Arrests and torture!

    Protests in Egypt Spark Fears in Cuba Over Growing Internet Opposition Movements
    By Serafin Gomez

    Published February 11, 2011 | FoxNews.com

    Peering at the upheaval thousands of miles away in Egypt, the Cuban government is increasingly concerned about a burgeoning opposition movement growing through the Internet.

    As a result, the Castro regime has intensified its crackdown on dissident groups in an attempt to ensure that what is happening in Cairo will not happen in Havana, according to some observers.

    "We do see instances of repression starting since the Egyptian upheaval. There have been brutal beatings on dissidents," said Susel Perez, of the Cuba Transition Project, at the University of Miami. " It is a direct sign from the Cuban government that this is something that will not be tolerated on the island."

    In a 53-minute video leaked last week, a Cuban counter-intelligence staffer warned an audience of Castro government officials that pro-Democracy organizers in Cuba and the United States were using social media, like Facebook and Twitter, to foment a political uprising in the island nation.

    • Steve Chavez

      Part Two from Foxnews.com
      "The technology in itself is not a threat, but the threat is what the people who use the technology can do with it," the lecturer said in the video, identified by the Miami Herald as 38-year-old Eduardo Fontes-Suarez. "The Internet is a battlefield."

      The video lecture was purportedly shot over the summer, months before the situation exploded in Egypt. The impetus behind the unrest was a Facebook page created to honor a young Egyptian man allegedly murdered by corrupt police.

      During the lecture, Fontes-Suarez directly blamed the U.S. government for coordinating the new Internet push and says Cuban bloggers like Yoani Sanchez — creator of "Generacion Y," a blog critical of the Cuban regime — are part of a U.S. campaign to overthrow the Castro government.

      "A network of mercenaries is being organized that are not like the traditional counter revolution," Fontes-Suarez said. "We are talking about young people. Young people who hang out with our children."

  • DrBukk

    Obama just made remarks and could not bring himself to discourage extremism or to give rights to women in Egypt. I guess our $1.5B annual contribution does not give us the right to even nudge their direction according to that bozo.

    • Guest

      Why should the 1.5 B continue? The deal was with Mubarak who gave pretty good value for money, signing and keeping a peace with Israel, and keeping a lid on the Muslim Brotherhood and other Muslim extremists. Obama just helped turf him. What's the most unamerican POTUS ever going to buy in Egypt now for our 1.5B? Hint, it will be of no use to Americans and probably bad for them.

  • http://www.theworldofgreasywrench.blogspot.com greasywrench

    It's not only the totalitarian dictatorships of the world the left supports. Think of the progressives in Hollywood and the trash they get behind – Mumia, Roman Polanski, Charlie Sheen, Tookie, Woody Allen, Obama, etc… the list goes on and on.

    It says so much about the values and gullibility of the far left in America that they would support druggies, incestual relationships, pedophiles, liars and murderers. Not only are they stupid and naive but this is proof of their "hate America" first attitude and lack of morals.

  • 080

    ;;Most important is how the Egyptian masses feel about things. Why not take a poll? Well the Pew polling organization did take such a poll in June 2010. I don't remember the exact results but heavy majorities were in favor of Shariah law; cutting off of hands' death for apostasy and so on. The pollsters should have asked them if they have ever heard of Sayyid Qutb. He is revered by the Muslim Brotherhood. He came here on a scholarship in l948. He was horrified by American society. He saw some women in Denver, I think, gyrating to the tune of "Baby, It's cold outside". He returned to Egypt, joined the Muslim Brotherhood in a snit and was a pain in the a until Nasser killed him./ Had helicopters broadcasted "Baby, It's Cold Outside" to the masses in Tahrir Square perhaps they would have dispersed.

  • http://mypage.direct.ca/l/lbouchar/ SeaMystic

    Bukhari V4B52N44 :Thw Qur"an agrees, saying peaceful Muslim's are hypocrits, destined for Hell. "The worst of creatures," "The most vile of animals".

    Islamic University in Medina Imam's, "It has been unanimously agreed that Imam Bukhari's work is the most authentic of all other sources in Hadith Literature put together, second only to the Qur"an.

  • http://www.hotexchangerates.com/ exchangerates

    Progressives like Woodrow Wilson, George Bernard Shaw, H.G Well, and FDR, to name a few, embraced Fascism as well. They were all absolutely wild about Mussolini and Hitler. History proves they were taken in by these dictators as well. Wilson pushed America to get into WWI, because he felt it would speed this Nation into a Social Fascist government. FDR's New Deal, had all the ear marks of Fascism. Isn't history fascinating? Too bad I didn't learn it in my Progressive left public school. But what can you say about a school system set up by John Dewy, another Fascist.

  • dennis

    The 'radicals' probably also loved the smell of more than 100 million rotting corpses that their socilist causes took during the last century and the tens of millions more violated corposes slaughtered by islam's intollerance… hey the ba'al wants its human sacrifices

  • USMCSniper

    All progressive want comrade congresspersons from American politburo to make legislation for mandatory reeducation camps for stupid American populace for establish international socialism under one world government for greater glory of chairman Obama.

  • cgerber

    I believe it was Vladimir Lenin who came up with the name for those Western Liberal/Progressive intellectuals as " Usefull Idiots" There is a renouned veteran forensic psychiatrist who states that these type of people are actually mentally damged and diseased! Here ist the article "http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=116644" "The roots of liberalism – and its associated madness – can be clearly identified by understanding how children develop from infancy to adulthood and how distorted development produces the irrational beliefs of the liberal mind," he says. "When the modern liberal mind whines about imaginary victims, rages against imaginary villains and seeks above all else to run the lives of persons competent to run their own lives, the neurosis of the liberal mind becomes painfully obvious. None of FPM readers should be surprised by these types of people, they are all "Kiilers without concience"! I was born in a Communist country. We all are going where I came from and when you get there you all will F@#$%^& Hate it.

  • cgerber

    Chomsky is a fraud himself, think about it. What has he accomplished, created, added value to exept hide his Inferior racist mind. I believe it was Vladimir Lenin who came up with the name for those Western Liberal/Progressive intellectuals as " Usefull Idiots" There is a renouned veteran forensic psychiatrist who states that these type of people are actually mentally damged and diseased! Here ist the article "http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=116644" "The roots of liberalism – and its associated madness – can be clearly identified by understanding how children develop from infancy to adulthood and how distorted development produces the irrational beliefs of the liberal mind," he says. "When the modern liberal mind whines about imaginary victims, rages against imaginary villains and seeks above all else to run the lives of persons competent to run their own lives, the neurosis of the liberal mind becomes painfully obvious. , They are all "Kiilers without concience"! Note none of them migrate to Russia, China, Iran Syria, Cuba or live with the torturouse regimes in Africa. All the while trashing western and the USA culture.

  • bob maram

    i believe that it was lenin , that evil genius who called those well meaning and warm hearted individuals who in the name of universalism worked towards their own political destruction as useful idiots. today those caring people many of them include my fellow jews who are sadly left wingers bemoan the condition of the ""oppressed"" palestians palestinians . they are surely living up (or is it down)to lenin's definition of IDIOTS, USEFUL IDIOTS!!!!!!

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