Dancing With Devils

Why self-appointed social-redeemers worship totalitarian killing machines.

[This article is reprinted from the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.]

"Everything that exists deserves to perish."
--Karl Marx

[T]he more innocent they are, the more they deserve to be shot."
--German playwright Bertolt Brecht

"In the years of independence, the Arabs have so far made no inventions or discoveries in the sciences or the arts."
--British author David Pryce-Jones

In United in Hate: The Left's Romance with Tyranny and Terror, Dr. Jamie Glazov, managing editor of Frontpage Magazine, exposes the shocking history of the American Left and its support of a succession of totalitarian killing machines, such as Stalin's Russia, Castro's Cuba, North Vietnam, Mao's China, Sandinista Nicaragua, and now, the vicious ideology of Islamic extremists. The Left's utopian paradises repeatedly result in mass death and suicide instead of the human equality and "social justice" promised. The resulting death count to date is well over 200 million humans and climbing.

Prominent intellectuals such as George Bernard Shaw, Upton Sinclair, H.G. Wells, Bertolt Brecht, and Susan Sontag all applauded the mass murderers involved, such as Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Castro, and Ho Chi Minh, and excused their atrocities while blaming America for the crimes, states Glazov. Pulitzer Prize winner Walter Duranty, the New York Times' man in Moscow during the 1920s and early '30s, covered the Ukrainian famine. While Stalin starved millions of Ukrainians to death, Duranty lied to America and praised the Soviet dictator.

In the 1960s, a new generation of believers formed the "New Left" -- with the same ideas and goals to develop true socialism that were used in the Soviet terror. As Glazov notes, this was the most privileged generation in human history, wanting for nothing. The new believers hated capitalism not because it failed, but because it worked. The father of the New Left, Herbert Marcuse, used the term "repressive tolerance" to describe the way capitalism supposedly enslaved people by making them happy and free. Leftist guru Noam Chomsky agreed.

After the Soviet Union, three new tyrannies appeared: Castro in Cuba; the dictatorship in Hanoi; and Mao Tse-tung in Communist China, who murdered 70 million Chinese. American leftists of the 1960s and '70s-such as Noam Chomsky, Norman Mailer, Jane Fonda, Tom Hayden, and Shirley MacLaine -- fawned over them. Castro turned Cuba into one of the poorest nations in the world, where ordinary Cubans live in utter poverty. Cuba is a monstrous human-rights abuser; torture has been institutionalized. Half a million humans have passed through its Gulag, while firing squads have carried out more than 15,000 executions. To document this, Armando Valladares, after 22 years of prison and torture, wrote Against All Hope, Cuba's version of Solzhenitsyn's The Gulag Archipelago. Yet Dan Rather, Oliver Stone, Jack Nicholson, Norman Mailer, Gina Lollobrigida, FrancisFord Coppola, Harry Belafonte, and Ted Turner all praised Castro. Steven Spielberg called his 2002 meeting with Castro "the most important eight hours of my life."

Again, after the attacks on Sep 11, 2001, history repeated itself -- except that the Left's new favorite murderers now waved the black flag of Islamic jihad. According to Glazov, the Left consistently takes the side of Islamist terrorists in their jihad against the U.S. Both groups detest modernity, individual freedom, and any value placed on individual human life. Human reason and individual responsibility are rejected.

Glazov says Islamism is designed to move us to a worldwide theocratic totalitarian dictatorship, the caliphate, and that it seeks to force Sharia (Islamic law) on all the inhabitants of the earth. He calls it a monstrous death cult, and he believes that it poses the greatest threat to freedom in this century. It fosters, he states, a psychotic mindset in which death has become an end in itself, and where the goal is not to treasure life or to pursue individual happiness or fulfillment; instead the goal of life is to lose it.

Martyrdom (killing others) and suicide are the principle ways through which the radical Muslim can express himself. Since one is hardlyallowed to do anything pleasurable on earth, one seeks to die in order to find pleasure in heaven. The religious hatred that Glazov states is at the root of Islamismis analogous to the racial and class hatred that drove Nazism and Communism. Like those ideologies, Islamism wages war against Jews, who have replaced the "class enemy" of the Communist era. Glazov notes that the only game permitted to many Arab children is "kill the Jew."

According to Glazov, Islamism teaches that the sexual act is dirty. Sex is not about mutuality, but about the adult male's achievement of pleasure through violent domination. Islamism condemns love between husband and wife, and mandates the hatred of women. It sanctions polygamy, repudiation, wife-beating, the stoning of women, "honor" killings on the flimsiest of charges, and female genital mutilation. The last has been inflicted on more than 130 million women living today, precluding the possibility of sexual satisfaction for three-fourths of them.

For decades, leftist feminists have howled with moral indignation about the "inequality" of women in their own society, yet they have remained silent about the barbaric treatment of women in Islamist societies, which has no parallel in the West.

Jamie Glazov exposes the American Left for supporting and promoting both the secular religion of socialism and the totalitarian ideology of Islamism. All Americans concerned with liberty should read United in Hate. Buy copies for your friends and colleagues --except for liberals, who will almost certainly find it very offensive.


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