Skip to comments.The Left's Worst Crime in the Middle East
Posted on 10/25/2011 4:36:30 AM PDT by expat1000
The left's worst crime in the Middle East has been its support for the region's Arab-Muslim majority at the expense of its minorities. It has supported the majority's terrorism, atrocities, ethnic cleansing and repression of the region's minorities. Very rarely has it raised a voice in their support, and when it has done so, it was in muted tones completely different from their vigorous defenses of the nationalism of the Arab Muslim majority.
The left is obsessed with the Arab Spring, which rewards the ambitions of Arabist and Islamist activists at the expense of Coptic, African and other minorities. It is dementedly fixated on statehood for the Arab Muslims of Israel, (better known by their local Palestinian brand), but has little to say about the Kurds in Turkey or the Azeri in Iran. The million Jewish refugees and the vanishing Christians of the region never come up in conversation. They certainly don't get their own protest rallies or flotillas.
The Africans of Sudan could have used a flotilla, or an entire UN organization dedicated to their welfare, which the Arab Muslims who had failed to wipe out the region's Jewish minority are the beneficiaries of. But they had to make do with third tier aid.
Unlike the Arab nationalists and Islamists of Libya, the French, English and American air force did not come to their rescue. It came to the rescue of the Libyans who showed their gratitude in the time honored way of the Arab majority by massacring the African minority. All under the beaming smiles of the selective humanitarians of the left. But what's a little genocide between friends?
The left embraced Pan-Arabism, a race based nationalism, in line with the Soviet Union's expansionist foreign policy. Pan-Arabism's socialism made it easy for the left to ignore its overt racism along with the admiration of many of its leading lights for Nazi Germany. The same left which refused to see the Gulags and the ethnic cleansing under the red flag, turned an equally blind eye to the contradiction of condemning Zionism for its ethnic basis, while supporting Pan-Arabism, which was ethnically based.
Under Zionism, Israel retained a sizable Arab minority. The Pan-Arabists however drove their Jews out with mob violence, political repression, prisons and public executions. The left's criticisms of Zionism are rendered moot by their own support for Pan-Arabism, and their own longstanding hostility to Jewish national identity, insisting that socialism demands that Jews assimilate into the dominant race, whether in Russia or Western Europe. In the Middle East and North Africa, Arabization has led to repression of non-Arab minorities and the destruction of other cultures through the insistence on unity through race.
As the sun of Pan-Arabism sets, the left has turned its attention to Pan-Islamism with equal enthusiasm. While Pan-Arabism allowed Christian Arabs some representation, Pan-Islamism excludes based on religion. Having endorsed a racial tyranny, the left has fallen so low that it now champions majority theocracies.
The left's fledgling support for Kurdish nationalism has faded as Turkey has gone from a secular ally of the Western powers, to an Islamist tyranny dreaming of empire. This perverse twist of affairs has the left abandoning the national struggles of an oppressed people when their rulers align themselves more closely with the bigoted regional majority.
The War on Iraq, which the left hated, removed a tyrant aligned with the region's Sunni majority and the Libyan campaign, which the left supported, removed a tyrant who had deviated too far from the positions of that majority. So too in Egypt, where Mubarak's excessive tolerance for minorities, led the left to endorse the Pan-Arabist and Pan-Islamist calls for his overthrow. And in Tunisia, where a government tolerant of minorities has been replaced by the Islamists.
The pattern repeats itself over and over again as the left rises in support of racial and theocratic rule. And for all the left's critiques of American and European foreign policy, its own foreign policy which endorses racial and theocratic rule and works to bring it about is a true crime and blot on the region.
It is no coincidence that the one country in the region that the left hates above all else, is neither Arab nor Muslim. Just as it is no coincidence that the Arab Spring replaces regimes tolerant of minorities with Islamists and Arabists. The left's true regional agenda is the racist agenda of its Arab members. The Arab Socialists and the Islamists who have defined its regional positions have turned the left into a vehicle for their racial and theocratic agendas.
For the left to shout racism when American troops empower the Kurds in Iraq, or when Israeli soldiers stand watch over tiny strips of land where the region's oldest and most frequently oppressed minority finds shelter is the height of hypocrisy. It is the left which is racist. It is the left which backs theocracies and always supports the majority's oppression of the minority.
The idiots in their Keffiyahs eager to give everyone a lesson on the Middle East think the Assyrians vanished in ancient times, have no idea who the Circassians are, or the Arab Gypsies, think the Zoroastrians are a traveling circus, and couldn't begin to tell you anything about the Druze, the Bahai or the Ahmadis-- except that American foreign policy or Israel are probably to blame.
In the meantime they proudly wear a garment associated with the Pan-Arabists and their rejection of Turkish reforms-- while stupidly believing that it's all-purpose garments of revolution. But why should they care that they're endorsing a romanticized neo-feudalism that led to mass murder and the rise of a theocratic reactionary movement disguised as nationalism. Or that these movements have inevitably led to the repression of minorities and the ethnic cleansing and attempted genocide of the region's native inhabitants by their Arab Muslim conquerors.
The left relies on the intellectual laziness of its followers not to notice that the nationalism they support is the nationalism of medieval conquerors and the resurgence of their colonial descendants. The only two nations with any historical roots in the region are Israel and Persia. In North Africa, where the Arab Spring has burned fiercest, the left is cheering the resurgence of an Arab Pretoria, racist regimes turning into even more racist theocracies run by the great-great-grands of the men who invaded the region and destroyed much of its history and culture.
The Arab Spring, with its purges of Coptic Christians and Africans, its outpouring of hostility toward Jews, is as perverse as if the left had suddenly decided that Africa needed proper Boer rule. It's the senseless behavior of racist idiots and totalitarian hypocrites who think that if they call you a "racist" first then they win the argument.
The left has endorsed Arab and Islamic rule over the Middle East, which means that it is in absolutely no position to criticize anyone or anything. It will talk your ear off about Gaza or Fallujah, but it won't have anything to say about Turkish chemical weapons raids into Kurdish areas of Iraq. The tens of thousands of political prisoners in Turkish jails, some there for no other crime than the use of the Kurdish language, don't exist for the left. Erdogan's casual threat to ethnically cleanse the Armenians again doesn't stir their interest.
It is no secret that the left is totalitarian and that it is attracted to totalitarian movements. But few have been willing to say it openly and clearly when it comes to its politics in the Middle East.
The left picked Pan-Islamists over secularists in Iran and Turkey. It picked racialist fascists in Egypt, Iraq and Syria-- and their local Palestinian militias. It backed Islamist and Arabist revolts again in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. And after backing every totalitarian majoritarian regime that wasn't too closely aligned to the United States-- their one great enemy is the region's only democratic state.
The left's worst crime in the Middle East is its craven love for tyranny, for grand empires built on race and religion, over the national and political rights of the minority. These Apartheid states are all they care about. Their greatest effort has been set not on resolving the stateless problems of the Kurdish minority, on the national borders of Armenia or ending the Turkish occupation and settlement of Cyprus-- but on adding yet another Arab-Muslim state to the region.
Palestine, the cynical project of Pan-Arabist and Pan-Islamist thugs, is the great obsession of the left. Because if there's one thing that the Middle East doesn't have enough of, it's totalitarian regimes built on Arab and Islamist identity. And the one thing it has too much of is democratic state with a non-Arab and non-Muslim minority. And that one thing is what they are committed to destroying.
Why should the left be any different in the Middle East than in the rest of the world? Those on the far left spectrum from National Socialist to Soviet Socialist murdered 18 million people under Hitler’s Nazi German government, more than 20 million under Stalin’s soviet socialist government, and more than 30 million under Mao’s communist government. Systematic genocide against Jews, Kurds, and Christians in sand dune country fits right in with the rest of the left’s works. I imagine Obama is proud of his leftist socialist brothers under the “Arab Spring”.
And how much of that mindset will Obama bring to the US if he wins a second term and is unchecked by a Congress he considers an impediment?
It’s also interesting that the same Left that is so rabid about “women’s rights” in the West (although they usually seem to be talking about abortion) never utter a word about the rights, or lack of rights, women have under Islamist rule.
To the Left, though, the most heinous sin is HIPOCRACY. Holding out and aspiring to some ideal, then falling short, is the signature characteristic of stupidity and/or evil. They voted for “Hope and Change”, but Obama and the Dems failed to deliver the peace love and understanding.
Pinning them with the scarlet H and focusing on that ad nauseum is a political tactic that has real punch IMHO. We need to start preaching to THEIR choir.
Here's the heart of the matter, and it's something we need to keep at the forefront of our debate with liberals.
The left/liberal/progressives extoll democracy as the highest ideal of government. Conservatives point out that democracy is tyranny unless built on freedom.
Freedom comprises two concrete principles: the right to own property, and the rights of the minority.
Unless these are codified into written law first, democracy is mob rule, and merely a prelude to absolute tyranny.
The idea here is that the Left supports Arabs because they are socialist. This is actually incidental. Islamists, whatever they might be, cannot reasonably be called socialists.
The actual reason is that Israel is increasingly viewed as a symbol of western civilization and particularly of its main defender, the USA.
Leftists hate and despise the USA and western civ. Their support for Islamists is primarily an example of “the enemy of my enemy.”
In fact, IMO for most leftists it’s not even the leftism that is important to them. It’s the opposition of leftism to western civ.
IOW, they do not hate western civ and America because these entities are insufficiently leftist. Rather, their support for leftism grows from the root of their hatred for western civ.
Beg to differ, sorta.
The crucial issue is the rights of an individual, who is of course a minority of one.
But talking about "rights of minorities" still has us in the rights of groups rather than of people as individuals.
Group rights, whether those groups are majorities or minorities, are always in conflict with the rights of individuals. IMO, if individual rights are properly respected, there is no need for group rights.
I think the heart of the matter is that powerful Muslims generously support the Left in this country financially. They also support them through the MSM of which they have significant ownership.
Why do they support the Left? They certainly don’t share the same ideology. But they do share a COMMON ENEMY: the United States of America, its majority Christian citizenry, and its Constitution.
The Left myopically returns its support for Muslim causes. In retrospect, that is why I think Bill Clinton put us in on the wrong side of the Bosnia/Serb war - on the Muslim side. The leftist MSM certainly did their part in painting Slobodan Milosevic as a bloodthirsty murderer - but probably no worse than the Muslims whose side we took. I further think that with the Bosnian-Serb war, Bill Clinton set us on the path of foreign policy in the region that is now (and really while he was in office) showing to be a disaster for the US
If the Muslim world succeeds in taking the US down, the Muslim crocodile will eat the leftists last.
“I think the heart of the matter is that powerful Muslims generously support the Left in this country financially”
Atlas Shrugs website recently reported that CAIR took in $400,000 from *one* banquet. One event! These Muslims are not stupid. They are sharp, unscrupulous businessmen who know how to raise money and use it for nefarious ends. There is no doubt at all they are spreading it around to those places where it will best advance their agenda.
That's a good point.
I was thinking about the situation in Egypt. There, Coptic Christians are subject to repression and coercion because they belong to a group the Mohammedan majority doesn't like.
I was thinking that the right of a minority, along with the right to hold property, would safeguard any individual of that group...
Rights of minority seemed preferable as a legal definition and argument, especially considering who we are arguing with.
But I need to do more thinking.
A great article! I just found it at Front Page Magazine and was going to post it. Good thing I did a search first!
“A great article! I just found it at Front Page Magazine and was going to post it. Good thing I did a search first!”
A double posting would not have been such a terrible thing. ;-).
Hey, great screen name!