On Saturday, January 13, marking almost 100 days after the Muslim terror group Hamas’ savage massacre in Israel last October 7, thousands of left-wing, pro-Palestinian demonstrators rallied at the White House. They were united there to condemn President Joe Biden for his administration’s defense of Israel and to demand that he press the Jewish state for a ceasefire in its righteous campaign to eliminate Hamas once and for all.
The aggressive mob shook a temporary security fence so violently that a section of it became dislodged as the Secret Service and police officers tried to keep protesters from storming the grounds. The rioters hurled water bottles, bloodied dolls, and sticks broken from their Palestinian flags at the officers, while others tried to scale the fence. They shouted obscenities about Biden in addition to the usual genocidal call to make “Palestine” free “from the river to the sea.” White House personnel and journalists were forced to evacuate the area as a precaution. And yet no arrests of these violent anti-Israel activists were made.
This shockingly fearless demonstration in support of Islamic terrorists, of the erasure of Israel, and of the genocide of Jews was just one of a torrent of similar protests, marches, and riots from Sydney to London, from Santiago to Istanbul, from Canada to Ramallah after the atrocities of October 7. They involved hundreds of thousands of Muslims and their leftist allies aggressively massing in defense of the “Palestinian” people whom their defenders claim are being not only oppressed but even eradicated by the “colonizers” of Israel.
The protesters in America included such prominent left-wing activist organizations as the Marxist revolutionaries of Black Lives Matter (BLM) and the anti-American “women for peace” of Code Pink, who charge Israel with having “blood on its hands” but who turn a blind eye to the bloody hands of Palestinian terrorists. BLM Chicago went so far as to tweet an image honoring the Hamas paragliders who descended onto a music festival on October 7th and slaughtered hundreds of unarmed young concertgoers.
Perhaps most surreally, the protest groups included the anti-Israel Queers for Palestine, whose flamboyant members would be perfectly safe protesting in the streets of LGBT-hospitable Israel but would likely be killed attempting to march in Palestinian-controlled Gaza, where open celebrations of gender diversity are not exactly welcome. Indeed, most of the Middle East and North Africa’s Muslim-majority countries have laws criminalizing homosexuality and transsexuality, some of which carry the death penalty. “‘Queers for Palestine’ must have a death wish,” wrote Brendan O’Neill in The Telegraph. “Queers for Palestine,” said former Muslim Ayaan Hirsi Ali in a November interview, “is another manifestation of how our society is really becoming stupid.”
Why are queer activists, who literally would be strung up by the neck from cranes in Iran or otherwise brutally executed in Muslim-majority territories like Afghanistan, Iraq, or Pakistan, protesting alongside Muslims in alliance with the barbaric homophobes of Hamas? Why does the left, which shouts “Love is love” from the rooftops, keep silent when the adherents of sharia law hurl bound homosexuals from rooftops to their death?
The left launched the #MeToo movement demanding that we #BelieveAllWomen, even unprovable and/or false, politically motivated accusations. And yet the left rejects the horrific, thoroughly documented evidence of Hamas’ gang rapes, sexual torture, and savage murders on October 7th; they dismiss them as Israeli “propaganda” or try to justify such war crimes by viewing them in the political “context” of Palestinian “resistance.”
The feminist left does not hesitate to denounce America for its “toxic masculinity” and patriarchal “rape culture.” Why have they for decades turned a blind eye toward, or found ways to rationalize, the actual rape cultures under sharia law, in which women accused of adultery are stoned to death?
In short, why are radical leftists and Islamic fundamentalists, whose values seem so diametrically opposed to each other – at least in terms of sexual license and gender expression – apparently such staunch allies?
This is a counterintuitive mystery that continues to perplex and amuse many in the West who don’t understand that these movements have more in common than it seems on the surface.
The short explanation is that today’s Progressivism and Islamic fundamentalism have a common enemy in Western civilization, most specifically America and Israel – or, as the Iranian Ayatollah Khomeini referred to them during the Islamic revolution of 1979, the Great Satan and the Little Satan. America and Israel are despised because they pose the greatest obstacles to the leftist and Islamist lust for power and to their differing utopian visions for all mankind.
Both radical leftism and Islamic fundamentalism are totalitarian movements driven to “fundamentally transform” the world, as former President Barack Obama would put it. The left dreams of engineering a global, collectivist society in which the inequitable Western freedoms provided by capitalism and individualism have been eradicated in order to liberate the oppressed and to establish “social justice.” In reality, this dream is nothing more than the nightmare of communism, but marketed more slickly today as environmentally-conscious, personal freedom (“You will own nothing – and you’ll be happy,” goes the slogan from the globalist elites at the World Economic Forum.)
For Muslim fundamentalists, the world is divided between Dar al-Islam – or the House of Islam, the parts of the world where sharia law rules, such as Afghanistan and certain boroughs of London – and Dar al-harb – the House of War – the lands ruled by infidels. The Islamists’ conviction is that they are obligated to wage perpetual jihad until all of Dar al harb submits to Allah and is subsumed into Dar al-Islam, and the whole world is justly ordered in a Muslim political-religious state called a caliphate, ruled by a successor of the Muslim prophet Muhammad known as a caliph. This is the same imperialist dream that inspired seventh-century Muslims to conquer, within a mere one hundred years after the death of Muhammad, an empire larger than the Roman Empire had ever been.
To political conservatives, who recognize that our flawed humanity cannot shape heaven on earth without resorting to totalitarian coercion, these dangerous visions seem like unrealizable fantasies, but to the visionaries themselves they are not only realizable but already underway and gaining momentum throughout the West…
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