western leftists’ naive support for anti-western violence

Two pictures sum up young western leftists’
naive support for anti-western violence:


International Solidarity Movement members pose with Palestinian terrorists, summer 2006.
Holding guns are ISM volunteers from Sweden (lives in Ireland) and Scotland.
Standing on right is an Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades terrorist.
Pictures from a StopTheISM.com infiltrator.
Full explanation in The ISM-Terror Connection by Lee Kaplan, September 13, 2006.

ISM volunteers from Ireland and Denmark standing holding guns.
Centre is the heroically brave StopTheISM.com infiltrator (who risked torture and a horrible death if he was uncovered here),
and a Palestinian “policeman” (i.e. terrorist).
And because these useful idiots have forgotten, or don’t care: List of Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades attacks on Israeli civilians.
It was an Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades gunman that shot the little boys Noam and Matan Ohayon in 2002 as they cowered in their bedroom with their mummy.

The left’s reaction to 9/11

  • Chew on This by Christopher Hitchens – “Ever since that morning, the United States has been at war with the forces of reaction.” – and the left supports the reactionaries.
  • The right are the starry-eyed idealists who want to bring freedom and human rights to the Middle East. The left wants to keep things the way they are. It wants to keep fascists, tyrants and dictators in power. The left likes the world the way it is. For me, there is no contest. I’m with the right.
  • People who let me down after Sept 11th
  • Jean Baudrillard
    • Baudrillard’s decadent applause for 9/11: “That we have dreamed of this event, that everyone without exception has dreamed of it, because no one can avoid dreaming of the destruction of any given power that has become hegemonic to such a point, is unacceptable for the Western moral conscience but it is still a fact which is measured precisely by all the pathetic violence of all the words that would erase it. Ultimately, they did it but we asked for it.”
    • Baudrillard on the WTC: “The horror for the 4,000 victims of dying in those towers was inseparable from the horror of living in them – the horror of living and working in sarcophagi of concrete and steel.”


  • Damien Hirst
    • The fabulously wealthy multi-millionaire Damien Hirst‘s decadent applause for 9/11: “The thing about 9/11 is that it’s kind of like an artwork in its own right. … Of course, it’s visually stunning and you’ve got to hand it to them on some level because they’ve achieved something which nobody would have ever have thought possible – especially to a country as big as America. So on one level they kind of need congratulating, which a lot of people shy away from, which is a very dangerous thing.”


  • Norman Mailer
    • Norman Mailer: “The WTC was not just an architectural monstrosity, but also terrible for people who didn’t work there, for it said to all those people: ‘If you can’t work up here, boy, you’re out of it.’ … Everything wrong with America led to the point where the country built that tower of Babel, which consequently had to be destroyed. And then came the next shock. We had to realize that the people that did this were brilliant. … Americans can’t admit that you need courage to do such a thing. For that might be misunderstood. The key thing is that we in America are convinced that it was blind, mad fanatics who didn’t know what they were doing. But what if those perpetrators were right and we were not?”
    • Norman Mailer gave a perfect illustration of the left’s naive approach to crime when he campaigned for the killer Jack Abbott to be released because he wrote a book that became celebrated in literary circles. Abbott was released in 1981. 6 weeks later he murdered an innocent young man in a restaurant.
    • Note Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins did not name their son after the killer.


  • List of celebrity reactions to Sept 11th and Islamofascism contains a huge list of morally-sick responses from:

    I think people show their true colours at a time like this.

  • John Pilger’s stupid reaction to 9/11, September 13, 2001, viewing it as some kind of response to “oppression”.
    • He says: “Far from being the terrorists of the world, the Islamic peoples have been its victims – principally the victims of US fundamentalism, whose power, in all its forms, military, strategic and economic, is the greatest source of terrorism on earth.”
    • “The attacks on Tuesday come at the end of a long history of betrayal of the Islamic and Arab peoples: the collapse of the Ottoman Empire” [Oh how sad – every leftist should regret the collapse of an unelected tyranny that carried out the genocide of the Armenians.] “the foundation of the state of Israel” [How dare dhimmis try to set up a state!] “four Arab-Israeli wars” [As if it is Israel’s fault that the Arabs keep trying to exterminate them!]
    • “Their distant voices of rage are now heard; the daily horrors in faraway brutalised places have at last come home.” 9/11 was carried out by 15 Saudis (whose country was saved from extinction by America in 1991), and 4 other jihadi scum from the UAE, Lebanon and Egypt (whose country gets billions of dollars in aid from America for no return). And these rich, young, pampered Saudis and other Arabs were somehow responding to “oppression” by slaughtering American civilians?
    • Pilger does not understand the jihadis of 9/11. They are motivated by religion, not by “oppression”.


  • Richard Landes has the best response to Pilger: “what about the people scarred by Islamic imperialism, like Jews and Christians, Kurds, Armenians, and Berbers – shouldn’t they be justified in blowing up the Muslim world?”

Departure of Mehmed VI, last Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, 1922.
Apparently every leftist should regret the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, according to John Pilger.
Image from here.

Left-wing support for religious fascism

It seems like only yesterday that the left was opposed to all religious fascism, indeed all religion.

How did this change come about? How has religious extremism become trendy again? (Provided it is third-world religious extremism.)

  • Bush’s Secularist Triumph: The left apologizes for religious fanatics. The president fights them. – article by Christopher Hitchens, who is, like me, an atheist for Bush.
    • “Only one faction in American politics has found itself able to make excuses for the kind of religious fanaticism that immediately menaces us in the here and now. And that faction, I am sorry and furious to say, is the left. From the first day of the immolation of the World Trade Center, right down to the present moment, a gallery of pseudointellectuals has been willing to represent the worst face of Islam as the voice of the oppressed.”
    • “George Bush may subjectively be a Christian, but he – and the U.S. armed forces – have objectively done more for secularism than the whole of the American agnostic community combined and doubled.”


  • The Transformation of “Jihad Jack” and John Walker Lindh by Christian Beenfeldt – How can you go from trendy western liberal-left godlessness to Islamic religious fascism? You can if your trendy, non-judgemental godlessness is based on feelings rather than on reason:
    • “Consider the typical “progressive” leftist, with his non-judgmental relativism. He is the embodiment of subjectivism: he holds that there are no absolute principles, that truth is “in the eye of the beholder,” and that “what’s right for you might not be right for me.” … the subjectivist makes clear that his choices are ruled by blind feelings.”
    • “This is precisely also the basic policy of the religious dogmatist. There are an infinite number of opposing religious sects. How does the religionist decide which faith to embrace, which revelations to follow and which authority to obey? Does he scientifically gather the evidence, carefully weigh it, and then adopt the conclusion to which reason and logic point? Obviously not. He feels it. He feels that Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, astrology or whatever, is the right faith for him.”
    • “So while the religionist may claim to uphold absolute truths, his beliefs are as arbitrary and baseless as those of the subjectivist. Thus, the paradoxical conversions of Jack Thomas and Walker Lindh – from subjectivist to religious dogmatist – aren’t so paradoxical after all; in both cases, the switch was merely from one form of emotionalism to another.”


  • Australian Taliban Feted Again – Via the Medium of Dance – Scott Burgess is hilarious on Australian leftists’ mad support for the Australian Islamic convert and jihadist David Hicks. If he was a Christian violent fundamentalist nutcase the leftists wouldn’t touch him with a bargepole.
    • Pimp my Soviet ride, Tim Blair, January 05, 2008 – On Australian leftists’ support for David Hicks.


  • Open Letter from an Arab-American Student by Oubai Mohammad Shahbandar – A Syrian disgusted with the western left. – “They have never known the humiliation of living under the iron rule of an Islamic despotism. I have.”
  • The left-wing solicitor Gareth Peirce‘s bland whitewashing of the women-hating, gay-hating, atheist-hating, mass-murdering religious savages, the Taliban.
  • Afghans and the Guardian by Matthew Leeming – Afghan women, who suffered under the Taliban, listen to how left-wing writers in the west defended the Taliban, and get angry.
  • Zachary Roth, May 22, 2009, at the left-wing Talking Points Memo, illustrates the double standards. On jihadis who planned to slaughter Jews at American synagogues: “It’s easy to laugh at this gang of goons — and we’ve done our share of that. But, frankly, it’s also hard not to feel some compassion for what looks like a group of struggling, credulous, under-educated men, existing on the fringes of society, who lacked the intelligence or willpower to avoid getting taken in by a government informant anxious to mitigate his own situation, and by their own vague understanding of radical Islam and the hole it might fill in their lives.” Can you imagine, just for one second, him saying that if these were white right-wing skinheads who planned to slaughter Jews at American synagogues?
  • This moral sickness on the left has been building for a long time:

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