What the Left Does Not Understand About Islam


The left has never adapted to the transition from nationalistic wars to ideological wars. It took the left a while to grasp that the Nazis were a fundamentally different foe than the Kaiser and that pretending that World War 2 was another war for the benefit of colonialists and arms dealers was the behavior of deluded lunatics. And yet much of the left insisted on approaching the war in just that fashion, and had Hitler not attacked Stalin, it might have remained stuck there.

The Cold War was even worse. The left never came to terms with Communism. From the Moscow Trials to the fall of the Berlin Wall, the moderate left slowly disavowed the USSR but refused to see it as anything more than a clumsy dictatorship. The only way that the left could reject the USSR was by overlooking its ideology and treating it as another backward Russian tyranny being needlessly provoked and pushed around by Western Europe and the United States.

Having failed the test twice, it is no wonder that the left has been unable to come to terms with Islam, or that it has resorted to insisting that, like Germany and Russia, the Muslim world is just another victim of imperialism and western warmongering in need of support and encouragement from the progressive camp.

The anti-war worldview is generations out of date. It is mired in an outdated analysis of imperial conflicts that ceased being relevant with the downfall of the nation-state and its replacement by international organizations and causes based around ideologies. Nazism could still loosely fit into the jackboots of the nation state. Communism was another creature entirely, a red virus floating around the world, embedding its ideas into organizations and using those organizations to take over nations.

Islam is even more untethered than Communism, loosely originating from powerful oil nations, but able to spring up anywhere in the world. Its proponents have even less use for the nation state than the Communists. What they want is a Caliphate ruled under Islamic law; a single unit of human organization extending across nations, regions and eventually the world.

The left is incapable of engaging with Islamism as an ideology, instead it reduces the conflict to a struggle between colonial and anti-colonial forces, showing once again that the left’s worldview is usually at least fifty years out of date. Mapping colonial and anti-colonial conflicts over a map of Mali, where the anti-colonial forces are represented by the slave-owning Tuaregs and the Arab and Pakistani Jihadis invading an African country, makes very little sense, but that is all that the left knows how to do.

Their response to the Clash of Civilizations has been to include Islamists in the global rainbow coalition of minorities, gays and gender theorists, indigent third world farmers, transsexuals, artists and poets, sex workers and terrorists; without considering what the Islamists were or how they would fit into this charmed circle.

The left views the Islamists as just another front group to be used. The Islamists see the left the same way and in Iran, Egypt and Tunisia, the Islamists have a better track record of getting the better of the left. But the left never learns from history. It never questions its outdated Marxist fisheye view of events or realizes that the Industrial Revolution, feudal peasants and the banks are not a metaphor for absolutely every struggle that takes place anywhere in the world. And so the left dooms itself to repeat again and again the history that it refuses to learn.

Rather than deal with Islamism, the left persists in fighting phantom wars against nationalism, capitalism, militarism, colonialism and imperialism; all things that are approaching extinction in its sphere of influence, while thriving outside its sphere of influence. The left is too busy fighting a civil war to see that if it wants to survive, it will have to fight a global war. True to its nature, it is determined to finish digesting the West before it is ready to defend it, and by the time that the left digests the West, with the help of its Islamist allies, the war will be over and the left will have lost.

The left is undone by its own conception of history as a treadmill moving forward through historical stages, rather than a chaotic morass of forces colliding together. In the progressive understanding of history, progressive forces defeat reactionary forces and humanity advances to the next stage. There is no room in that neat orderly evolution for the violent chaos of Islamism and its resurrection of tribal forces, ethnic grievances and religious intolerance into a worldwide movement that is every bit as fanatical and determined to forcibly carve out its own vision of a new world order.

From the progressive perspective of history as an evolutionary process, Islamist tribal fanaticism is from too early a stage to threaten the left. Socialism must battle against the industrialism of the previous stage, with each generation advancing the future by destroying the achievements of the previous generation in a species of grim historical cannibalism. The left fears being held back by capitalism, not by Islamism. It does not believe that the values of the 6th century can compete with it, only that the values of the 19th century can.

While the left sees itself as progressive and Islamism as reactionary, it is the left that has trouble adapting to new developments, while the Islamists have successfully glommed onto everything from the Cold War to the fall of the Soviet Union, the rise of international organizations and even the War on Terror, and exploited events for their ends. In the new century, the Islamists have been riding the left over the finish line, without the left realizing that it was being ridden.

The left dwells in an intellectual bubble of its own making. It transforms that bubble into an elaborate place, furnishing the space until it resembles a miniature world, but a bubble is not a world, it can only ever be a bubble. Trapped inside the bubble, the left cannot realize that the world is going backward, not forward, that the 21st century is really the 7th century and that the future is the past.

The Islamists understand this quite well. The left cannot.

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  • F.K. Juliano

    Hate to say it, but there should be a semi-colon here, not a comma. With corrected punctuation, it reads:

    "…it resembles a miniature world, but a bubble is not a world; it can only ever be a bubble."

    I hope my constructive criticism is appreciated. Mr. Greenfield does make good points.

  • Nabuquduriuzhur

    One thing that could be said is that Socialism is a religion. It's adherents treat it as such. The state is "god", the strongman who runs the state is "god", be it Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Pol Pot, or Tito.

    It does not deliver on its promises, but Socialists treat it as if it will "someday."

  • Evan Jones

    Rather than being a "good article", this attached article summarizes a full range of kind of phony paradigms (beliefs) upon which we in the developed world have been raised.

    In other words, our's is the most the propagandized culture. Most of what we believe serves somebody else's agenda, a system of beliefs that contain elements of untruths, both large and small . Those among us who consume the products of the main stream media cannot know this.

    To learn about yourself, read history (real history not Official History), travel widely and share time with people from different cultural viewpoints.

    Para-1
    >The left has never adapted to the transition from nationalistic wars to ideological wars.

    .. As the public loses interest in sending their sons to fight the phony nationalistic wars, which were typical of the 20th century, the More War industry has had to create Ideological Wars, support for which is even harder to sustain than Nationalism.

    Para-2
    > The left never came to terms with Communism.

    .. We were not taught in school that Karl Marx's communism and Fascism were both products of 19th century money lender sponsorship, namely Rothschild sponsorship, later sustained by Wall Street money. Wall Street's close invovlement with our worst enemies is described in Prof Antony Sutton's books Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler [1976], and Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution [1974].

  • Evan Jones

    Para-3
    >Having failed the test twice, it is no wonder that the left has been unable to come to terms with Islam, or that it has resorted to insisting that, like Germany and Russia, the Muslim world is just another victim of imperialism and western warmongering in need of support and encouragement from the progressive camp.

    .. Islam is demonized by the same forces that demonized communism and Fascism: money lenders and Big Business. Their objective? To create a new enemy for the sheeple to hate. Remember that Islam condemns usury; this is seen by our money lender class as a threat to their business interests. Ironically, the most powerful promoters of extremist Islam is the West's Big Business interests who have little to fear from Islam. Rather, Big Oil fears Arab nationalism+unity as a threat to their current free and easy access to Middle East oil and gas.

    .. Could this help explain why Iran is so demonized?

    Para-4
    > Nazism could still loosely fit into the jackboots of the nation state. Communism was another creature entirely.

    .. Wrong. Communism and Nazism are closely related totalitarian ideologies. Both use a ruthless and cynical dictatorship of the proletariat.

    Para-4
    >Islam is even more untethered than Communism, loosely originating from powerful oil nations, but able to spring up anywhere in the world.

    .. Wrong, Islam is a non proselyzing religion (at least compared to Christianty which is still expanding powerfully in Asia and Africa.)
    .. No only is Islam not "springing up", like Christianity before it, newly prospering Muslim middle classes seem to be more in consumer/MTV values such as trendy clothes, tasty food and shopping than religion,

    >What they want is a Caliphate ruled under Islamic law

    .. This is a tactic of the Jewish Zionist agiprop, to attribute to their enemies, the worst behaviors of the Zionists themselves. In fact, if there are some elements within the Islamic relgion seeking a world Caliphate, they are doing a poor job are achieving their goal. Most Islamic countries are weak and badly managed. In many poorer ones, the citizens want to live somewhere else. In my 40 years on the jobsite with people from the world great religions, those ordinary workers who practice Islam as a religion are generally a mild mannered lot, certainly less aggressive and in your face than their Christian counterparts. On Indonesian oil rigs, one sees Christian and Batak drillers and toolpushers supervising mild mannered Javanese Muslim roughnecks. In the Middle East, one finds Syrian Christians from Karela bossing around Egyptian crewmen.

    The person writing this article needs to get out into the world and rub shoulders with real people.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Evan,

      Nobody has a problem with people just getting along.

      The problem is with the people who hijack planes and fly them into buildings, bomb passenger planes like Pan Am 103 (and the scum who released the convicted bomber), rape the entire world with $100 per barrel OPEC oil, bomb London buses and the underground, attempt to bomb inflight planes with bombs hidden in their clothing…

      Evan, you are a Useful Idiot, a Tool of Islamofascism.

      • Evan Jones

        SCREW SOCIALISM wrote:
        > The problem is with the people who hijack planes and fly them into buildings,

        This depends on whether your perception of reality comes entirely from our money lender controlled Mainstream Media, or whether you travel, talk to people, read history and form your opinions based on direct observation.

        9/11 is merely one of many phony events, rigged by our money lender interests. Other rigged events that profoundly affected our future included the explosion on the battleship USS Maine in 1898, the sinking of the Lusitania, the Gulf of Tongkin incident and the Gunpowder Plot by those dastardly Catholics to blow up Parliament in 1605, (a rigged event which triggered 400 years of pointless religious hatred).

        9/11:Israel did it https://wikispooks.com/wiki/9/11:Israel_did_it

        > bomb passenger planes like Pan Am 103

        Testimony On CIA's PAN AM 103; CIA Drug Smuggling Corroborated http://rense.com/general/cole.htm

        > rape the entire world with $100 per barrel OPEC oil,

        This legend is more MSM chickenfeed for the sheeple.

        "In "A Century of War — Anglo American Oil Politics and the New World Order" (1992), petroleum industry expert and economist F. William Engdahl presents evidence that the 1973 OPEC "oil shock" and the accompanying oil "shortage" were secretly planned by the highest levels of the US and British elites, with Henry Kissinger playing a key role." http://www.takeoverworld.info/pdf/Engdahl__Centur

        >bomb London buses and the underground,
        John Anthony Hill – Evidence in the Film 7/7 Ripple Effect http://www.redicecreations.com/radio/2011/06/RIR-

        >Evan, you are a Useful Idiot, a Tool of Islamofascism
        This is an Argumentum Ad Hominem, a logical fallacy in which a claim or argument is made on the basis of some irrelevant fact about the author or the person. "Islamofascism" is a term invented by our Zionist dominated media; it only has meaning in terms of certain media manufactured myths.

  • Evan Jones

    Para-5
    >The left is incapable of engaging with Islamism as an ideology ..

    .. How can? The left represents a collectivist political ideology. Islam's major focus is on submission to God. By it's own definition, Islam is not interested in the politics of it's adherents. The Koran doesn't have a verse that equates to Romans 13's "render unto Caesar what is Caesar's.

    Para-6
    >Their response to the Clash of Civilizations has been to include Islamists in the global rainbow coalition of minorities, gays and gender theorists, indigent third world farmers, transsexuals, artists and poets, sex workers and terrorists; without considering what the Islamists were or how they would fit into this charmed circle.

    Rubbish. Gays, gender theorists, sex workers and terrorists have absolutely no relevance to Islamic belief or practice, which is based on submission to God. There is no place in Islam for such categories, neither are car mechanics or short order cooks

    Para-7
    >The left views the Islamists as just another front group to be used. The Islamists see the left the same way and in Iran, Egypt and Tunisia, the Islamists have a better track record of getting the better of the left.

    .. Don't forget that Egypt is now ruled by the Muslim Brotherhood, an organisation dedicated to promoted extreme Muslim ideologies, founded by Britain's MI6 in the 1920s and secretly sponsored and financed ever since by elements from the West and Israel The CIA's NED sponsored the Muslim Brotherhood into running Egypt. Today's close ally will one day in the future become yet another demonized enemy. Read history. Look what happened to previous CIA allies e.g. Tim Osman, Manuel Noriega, Saddam Hussein. Indeed Hitler made Time Magazine's Man of the Year in 1938 as did Stalin in 1940.

    Para-8
    >Rather than deal with Islamism, the left persists in fighting phantom wars against nationalism, capitalism, militarism, colonialism and imperialism; all things that are approaching extinction in its sphere of influence, while thriving outside its sphere of influence. T

    .. The Left is self is a product of Politically Correct Frankfurt School, the primary goal of which is to translate Marxism from economic terms into cultural terms, a socially destructive idealogy known as Cultural Marxism.

    .. Whether they realize it or not, leftist ideology as described by Karl Marx, is meant to collectivize Western society into an economically dysfunctional socialist paradise (much like Stalin's Soviet Union). Starry eyed leftists cannot see that their "rainbow coalition of minorities, gays and gender theorists, indigent third world farmers, transsexuals, artists and poets, sex workers and terrorists" are using Cultural Marxism to destroy the Western family unit from within.

    .. In terms of the Left's social, political and cultural ambitions, Islam is irrelevant and vastly less destructive to Western culture than the Left is, itself.

  • Evan Jones

    Para-5
    >The left is incapable of engaging with Islamism as an ideology ..

    .. How can? The left represents a collectivist political ideology. Islam's major focus is on submission to God. By it's own definition, Islam is not interested in the politics of it's adherents. The Koran doesn't have a verse that equates to Romans 13's "render unto Caesar what is Caesar's.

    Para-6
    >Their response to the Clash of Civilizations has been to include Islamists in the global rainbow coalition of minorities, gays and gender theorists, indigent third world farmers, transsexuals, artists and poets, sex workers and terrorists; without considering what the Islamists were or how they would fit into this charmed circle.

    Rubbish. Gays, gender theorists, sex workers and terrorists have absolutely no relevance to Islamic belief or practice, which is based on submission to God. There is no place in Islam for such categories, neither are car mechanics or short order cooks

    Para-7
    >The left views the Islamists as just another front group to be used. The Islamists see the left the same way and in Iran, Egypt and Tunisia, the Islamists have a better track record of getting the better of the left.

    .. Don't forget that Egypt is now ruled by the Muslim Brotherhood, an organisation dedicated to promoted extreme Muslim ideologies, founded by Britain's MI6 in the 1920s and secretly sponsored and financed ever since by elements from the West and Israel The CIA's NED sponsored the Muslim Brotherhood into running Egypt. Today's close ally will one day in the future become yet another demonized enemy. Read history. Look what happened to previous CIA allies e.g. Tim Osman, Manuel Noriega, Saddam Hussein. Indeed Hitler made Time Magazine's Man of the Year in 1938 as did Stalin in 1940.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Evan, Why would "progressive" people support REGRESSIVE Islamists, people who kill gays, kill women, kill Jews, kill Hindus, kill Buddhists, kill Bahais and kill the wrong kind of Muslim?

      The left is so filled with hate that it closes its eyes and goosesteps along with fascists as it did in 1939 in the Socialist hitler / Socialist stain pact.

      Look up "hilter stalin pact".

  • Evan Jones

    Para-8
    >Rather than deal with Islamism, the left persists in fighting phantom wars against nationalism, capitalism, militarism, colonialism and imperialism; all things that are approaching extinction in its sphere of influence, while thriving outside its sphere of influence. T

    .. The Left is self is a product of Politically Correct Frankfurt School, the primary goal of which is to translate Marxism from economic terms into cultural terms, a socially destructive idealogy known as Cultural Marxism.

    .. Whether they realize it or not, leftist ideology as described by Karl Marx, is meant to collectivize Western society into an economically dysfunctional socialist paradise (much like Stalin's Soviet Union). Starry eyed leftists cannot see that their "rainbow coalition of minorities, gays and gender theorists, indigent third world farmers, transsexuals, artists and poets, sex workers and terrorists" are using Cultural Marxism to destroy the Western family unit from within.

    .. In terms of the Left's social, political and cultural ambitions, Islam is irrelevant and vastly less destructive to Western culture than the Left is, itself.

  • patriothere

    More warmongering propaganda from zionist chickenhawks.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      You poor muslim friendly hack paid troll.

      6 minutes ago @ Breitbart.com – Protests to greet Ahma… · 1 reply · 0 points
      I'm like jesus, I'm gonna chase you money changers out of the temple and out of town and of course out of this forum. Me and ohsoquiet and a few other REAL AMERICANS who are being PAID to be here like you Israeli PR men. I'm here to chase you filth out.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      traitorhere,

      Since you came out as "pro islamofascist",

      I wish you and yours a

      Happy Eternal Nakba!

      May there be a drone monitoring you and your jihadi islamofascist savages.

  • usreconquista

    Islam will CONSUME the left, after they destroy Christianity. The left ALWAYS capitulates to violent dictatorships.

  • ross1948

    The extent of the Islamists' totalitarian outlook is easily measured by how they treat even their own. Have a sad smile at this poor guy's plight.- http://rossrightangle.wordpress.com/2013/02/18/se
    And ask yourselves how the permissives of the Western Left would reconcile their behaviour and attitudes to this cleric's drivel. – http://rossrightangle.wordpress.com/2013/02/18/se

  • Albert8184

    Brilliant essay. Wish more people understood this aspect of global politics.