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Leftist Website Exploits bin Laden Video in Reprehensible Graphic
democrats.com | 10-30-4 | Some Filthy Leftist

Posted on 10/29/2004 10:18:50 PM PDT by Petronski

This is my cached copy, I compressed it. The original is here.

Here's the original.


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How telling it is that Osama uses their talking points. But worse still, they're proud of him, and embrace his rhetoric in return.

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1 posted on 10/29/2004 10:18:50 PM PDT by Petronski
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To: Petronski

yup, the DUmmies have found a new hero.


2 posted on 10/29/2004 10:19:48 PM PDT by Hazzardgate
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To: Howlin

Ping list please?


3 posted on 10/29/2004 10:20:06 PM PDT by Petronski (A Monday morning quarterback has never led any team to victory.)
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To: Petronski

This is typical, Osama got his talking points from Michael Moore


4 posted on 10/29/2004 10:20:27 PM PDT by MJY1288 (A MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK HAS NEVER LED ANY TEAM TO VICTORY)
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To: mhking

"Just damn" material?


5 posted on 10/29/2004 10:20:37 PM PDT by Petronski (A Monday morning quarterback has never led any team to victory.)
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To: Hazzardgate
the DUmmies have found a new hero

Aren't they the very definition of "drama queen"?

6 posted on 10/29/2004 10:21:53 PM PDT by Glenn (The two keys to character: 1) Learn how to keep a secret. 2) ...)
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To: 1stMarylandRegiment; 1Mike; 3catsanadog; ~Vor~; ~Kim4VRWC's~; A CA Guy; A Citizen Reporter; ...

Disgusting ping.


7 posted on 10/29/2004 10:22:26 PM PDT by Howlin (Bush has claimed two things which Democrats believe they own by right: the presidency & the future)
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To: Hazzardgate

I have to say, I'm amazed to see the response that Osama's latest video has had on the Left.

Apparently, anyone who hates Bush, including Osama Bin Laden, can't be all bad to them.


8 posted on 10/29/2004 10:22:29 PM PDT by swilhelm73 (We've found more WMDs in Iraq than we've found disenfranchised blacks in Florida. --Ann Coulter)
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To: Petronski
After W wins the election, Osama may no longer be a Rat hero?? Speaking of goats Shiithead, hows that herd working our for ya??

Pray for W and Our Election

9 posted on 10/29/2004 10:22:33 PM PDT by bray (Nam Vets Rock!!)
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To: Petronski

That website, and it's principal David Lytel, were behind numerous "Florida Recount" websites, all registered days before the 2000 election.

They are the worst of the worst.


10 posted on 10/29/2004 10:23:53 PM PDT by Barlowmaker
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To: Howlin

I truly hope this thread survives. I know democrats.com is verbotten, but this matter is posted as an exposition of shamefulness, not as proof of the information contained therein.


11 posted on 10/29/2004 10:24:06 PM PDT by Petronski (A Monday morning quarterback has never led any team to victory.)
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To: Petronski

Barf!


12 posted on 10/29/2004 10:24:12 PM PDT by MEG33 (John Kerry has been AWOL on issues of national security for two decades)
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To: swilhelm73

It's only a matter of time before we see more Adam Gahdans and John Walker Linds join up the fight against Imperialist America.


13 posted on 10/29/2004 10:24:21 PM PDT by Stellar Dendrite (They should rename it to World Hugh instead of World Series!!!!)
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To: Petronski
The Rats actually believe Osama is laughing at Bush......ROFLMAO,

75% of his leadership is dead or captured. Osama has been hiding for 3+ years and not a single attack on our mainland since 9/11.

The democrats at democrats.com are a sick bunch of anti-American useful idiots for psychopaths like Osama bin Laden

14 posted on 10/29/2004 10:25:04 PM PDT by MJY1288 (A MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK HAS NEVER LED ANY TEAM TO VICTORY)
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To: Petronski

Having Bin Ladin as a spokesperson for Kerry isn't very good PR

And these idiots are too stupid to realize what's going on


15 posted on 10/29/2004 10:25:06 PM PDT by Mo1 (This Sept 10th attitude is no way to protect our country)
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To: Petronski

It looks like extremist Democrats are the next recruits for Al Qaeda: dangerous!


16 posted on 10/29/2004 10:25:29 PM PDT by conservativepoet
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To: Petronski
Good grief!

I could say something pithy, but it would get me banned.

17 posted on 10/29/2004 10:25:31 PM PDT by Cold Heat (http://ice.he.net/~freepnet/kerry/staticpages/index.php?page=20040531140357545)
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To: Stellar Dendrite
It's only a matter of time before we see more Adam Gahdans and John Walker Linds join up the fight against Imperialist America.

...recruited by the American left.

18 posted on 10/29/2004 10:25:48 PM PDT by Petronski (A Monday morning quarterback has never led any team to victory.)
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To: Petronski

Huge Backfire in the making...


19 posted on 10/29/2004 10:25:51 PM PDT by AJS
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To: Hazzardgate

oh that is SOOOOOooooo sick. God have mercy on us. Keep us out of the hands of Bin Laden and Kerry.


20 posted on 10/29/2004 10:26:07 PM PDT by pollywog (Psalm 121;1 I Lift my eyes to the hills from whence cometh my help.)
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To: Hazzardgate

I thought Osama bin Laden was a hero for the demented left.


21 posted on 10/29/2004 10:26:33 PM PDT by Ptarmigan (Proud rabbit hater and killer)
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To: Mo1
And these idiots are too stupid to realize what's going on

Kinda cool, eh?

22 posted on 10/29/2004 10:26:44 PM PDT by Petronski (A Monday morning quarterback has never led any team to victory.)
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To: Petronski

I would bet that the person that put that together is still scratching his head wondering exactly what was wrong with the Wellstone memorial.


23 posted on 10/29/2004 10:27:06 PM PDT by Chesterbelloc
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To: Petronski

PLEASE, Dummies, I beg you, turn this into a 527 ad!!!! (I think a 50-state Bush sweep would be great!)


24 posted on 10/29/2004 10:28:09 PM PDT by Darkwolf377
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To: Chesterbelloc
I would bet that the person that put that together is still scratching his head wondering exactly what was wrong with the Wellstone memorial.

LOL

I can see that.

25 posted on 10/29/2004 10:28:19 PM PDT by Petronski (A Monday morning quarterback has never led any team to victory.)
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To: Howlin
They have no idea how much danger they are in and it has nothing to do with OBL. They really believe they can embrace our enemies with impunity and without retribution.
26 posted on 10/29/2004 10:28:26 PM PDT by Texasforever (Kerry has more positions on Iraq than the Kama Sutra)
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To: Petronski

Too bad the major media is also corrupt - be nice to show the American citizen just where the Democrats are coming from these days -





just my opinion -


27 posted on 10/29/2004 10:30:05 PM PDT by Pastnowfuturealpha
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To: Mo1
And these idiots are too stupid to realize what's going on

Exactly... I'm emailing this site to every fence sitter I know.

28 posted on 10/29/2004 10:31:09 PM PDT by DaveMSmith (I'm not so sure it's credible to quote leading news organizations about --oh,nevermind.-GWB)
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To: Petronski
...50,000 of his fellow citizens in the two towers...

Looks like Democrats.com must employ the same fact-checkers as Teresa and John Kerry.

I'm pretty sure that on that awful morning, my stomach churned because the first
reports were that at the peak of the business day, the two towers often
held as many as 50,000 souls.

But, thanks to Providence, I think the towers were only holding a total of about
25,000 souls at the time of the attack.

INTERESTING ANGLE:
Maybe Osama his-self had buried that bit of Islamic propaganda about Jews not
coming to the WTC Towers that day because the air-strike was actually a
Jewish-Israeli operation meant to ignite the US response to innocents
nice-guys in Afghanistan.

Thanks, Osama!
29 posted on 10/29/2004 10:31:16 PM PDT by VOA
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To: Petronski

I gotta Lysol the screen of my monitor now.


30 posted on 10/29/2004 10:31:54 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck
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To: Howlin
The far left will split the democrat party and they will be back benchers for the next 20 years unless somebody like Zell Miller steps up and rescues their party.

As much as I want a Conservative majority, I don't want to see legislation introduced to Congress without a healthy debate between the opposing parties.

31 posted on 10/29/2004 10:31:56 PM PDT by MJY1288 (A MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK HAS NEVER LED ANY TEAM TO VICTORY)
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To: Petronski

Doesn't this reveal the mentality of the left, though? They're more interested in a "clever" Photoshop poster that gets adults riled up. They don't know about or truly care about the issues, the country. Like many protesters they merely want high-fives from their giggling pals who have no grasp of the real world. They just think how cool and rebellious they'll look to their girlfriends/boyfriends who wear berets and have Che! posters in their petchuli-stinking dormrooms.


32 posted on 10/29/2004 10:32:08 PM PDT by Darkwolf377
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...we never thought that the high commander of the U.S. armies would leave 50 thousand of his citizens in both towers to face the horrors by themselves when they most needed him...

I wonder what they THOUGHT he was going to do or should have done?

Left them alone? What did they expect?

33 posted on 10/29/2004 10:32:16 PM PDT by Howlin (Bush has claimed two things which Democrats believe they own by right: the presidency & the future)
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To: Howlin; SittinYonder

Thanks for the ping, Howlin.

It is disgusting. There are a few other words that come to mind also, but I'm too much of lady to repeat them.

I am stunned.

No, wait, no I'm not.


34 posted on 10/29/2004 10:32:20 PM PDT by eyespysomething (Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality the cost becomes prohibitive.)
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To: Darkwolf377

Liberals are hugh idiots.


35 posted on 10/29/2004 10:33:00 PM PDT by Stellar Dendrite (They should rename it to World Hugh instead of World Series!!!!)
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To: Texasforever

I agree 100%, They are very close to becoming "RADIOACTIVE" when they embrace our enemies in order to advance their socialist agenda


36 posted on 10/29/2004 10:33:42 PM PDT by MJY1288 (A MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK HAS NEVER LED ANY TEAM TO VICTORY)
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To: Howlin
What's disgusting is Osama used Kerry's script.


37 posted on 10/29/2004 10:34:28 PM PDT by Lady Jag (BOOOOOOO)
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To: Darkwolf377
You really paint a picture. LOL I agree completely.

Pachouli-stinking dormrooms....LOL

38 posted on 10/29/2004 10:34:43 PM PDT by Petronski (A Monday morning quarterback has never led any team to victory.)
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To: Darkwolf377
They just think how cool and rebellious they'll look to their girlfriends/boyfriends who wear berets and have Che! posters in their petchuli-stinking dormrooms.

It may get the hurt.

39 posted on 10/29/2004 10:35:09 PM PDT by Texasforever (Kerry has more positions on Iraq than the Kama Sutra)
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To: Petronski

Terrorists, communists, and other third-world tyrants have always found the left to be a good source of talking points to use against us.


40 posted on 10/29/2004 10:36:16 PM PDT by Sofa King (MY rights are not subject to YOUR approval.)
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To: Lady Jag
 
This is really kind of funny.  Prior to Spain's election, Al Qaeda blew up a train and killed 100's to change the outcome of an election. 

Thanks to the incredible leadership of President Bush, we have disassembled much of his organization, killed or captured over 75% of his leadership and left this gonzo crapping in a cave where now he can only bomb America with video tape.  I've never seen or even heard of anyone being killed with a video tape.

This alone should make John Kerry and the idiots that claim we abandoned the War on Terror hang their heads in shame.

  Every time I see Kerry I start laughing just at the thought of this clown.

 

 

41 posted on 10/29/2004 10:36:50 PM PDT by HawaiianGecko (Just try to reason a man out of a position he wasn't reasoned into to begin with...)
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To: Petronski

His rhetoric is their rhetoric. They are cut from the same clothe.


42 posted on 10/29/2004 10:38:39 PM PDT by vpintheak (Liberal = The antithesis of Freedom and Patriotism)
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To: HawaiianGecko
Osama releases a video (instead of a bomb) from his Fuehrerbunker, and these creeps slap him on the back with a smile.

[SPIT]

43 posted on 10/29/2004 10:39:26 PM PDT by Petronski (A Monday morning quarterback has never led any team to victory.)
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To: Howlin
Utterly disgusting!

Oh well,come Nov.3,2004,they'll be defecating green...right along with OBL;if he's even still really alive. :-)

44 posted on 10/29/2004 10:39:44 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: MJY1288
This is typical, Osama got his talking points from Michael Moore

Except for Moore's "There is no terrorist threat."

45 posted on 10/29/2004 10:41:01 PM PDT by AZLiberty (Proud to be an infidel.)
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To: Texasforever
I truly believe we should promote the formation of a moderate democrat party that would take the place of the Blue Dog Democrats. Get Joe Lieberman and Evan Bayh (sp?) to organize it, and get them to confront the extremest who have taken over their party
46 posted on 10/29/2004 10:41:03 PM PDT by MJY1288 (A MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK HAS NEVER LED ANY TEAM TO VICTORY)
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To: vpintheak; All

The left and Osama are truly one in the same

Postmodern Jihad
What Osama bin Laden learned from the Left.
by Waller R. Newell
11/26/2001, Volume 007, Issue 11


MUCH HAS BEEN WRITTEN about Osama bin Laden's Islamic fundamentalism; less about the contribution of European Marxist postmodernism to bin Laden's thinking. In fact, the ideology by which al Qaeda justifies its acts of terror owes as much to baleful trends in Western thought as it does to a perversion of Muslim beliefs. Osama's doctrine of terror is partly a Western export.

To see this, it is necessary to revisit the intellectual brew that produced the ideology of Third World socialism in the 1960s. A key figure here is the German philosopher Martin Heidegger (1889-1976), who not only helped shape several generations of European leftists and founded postmodernism, but also was a leading supporter of the Nazis. Heidegger argued for the primacy of "peoples" in contrast with the alienating individualism of "modernity." In order to escape the yoke of Western capitalism and the "idle chatter" of constitutional democracy, the "people" would have to return to its primordial destiny through an act of violent revolutionary "resolve."

Heidegger saw in the Nazis just this return to the blood-and-soil heritage of the authentic German people. Paradoxically, the Nazis embraced technology at its most advanced to shatter the iron cage of modernity and bring back the purity of the distant past. And they embraced terror and violence to push beyond the modern present--hence the term "postmodern"--and vault the people back before modernity, with its individual liberties and market economy, to the imagined collective austerity of the feudal age.

This vision of the postmodernist revolution went straight from Heidegger into the French postwar Left, especially the works of Jean-Paul Sartre, eager apologist for Stalinism and the Cultural Revolution in China. Sartre's prot g , the Algerian writer Frantz Fanon, crystallized the Third World variant of postmodernist revolution in "The Wretched of the Earth" (1961). From there, it entered the world of Middle Eastern radicals. Many of the leaders of the Shiite revolution in Iran that deposed the modernizing shah and brought the Ayatollah Khomeini to power in 1979 had studied Fanon's brand of Marxism. Ali Shari'at, the Sorbonne-educated Iranian sociologist of religion considered by many the intellectual father of the Shiite revolution, translated "The Wretched of the Earth" and Sartre's "Being and Nothingness into Persian." The Iranian revolution was a synthesis of Islamic fundamentalism and European Third World socialism.

In the postmodernist leftism of these revolutionaries, the "people" supplanted Marx's proletariat as the agent of revolution. Following Heidegger and Fanon, leaders like Lin Piao, ideologist of the Red Guards in China, and Pol Pot, student of leftist philosophy in France before becoming a founder of the Khmer Rouge, justified revolution as a therapeutic act by which non-Western peoples would regain the dignity they had lost to colonial oppressors and to American-style materialism, selfishness, and immorality. A purifying violence would purge the people of egoism and hedonism and draw them back into a primitive collective of self-sacrifice.



MANY ELEMENTS in the ideology of al Qaeda--set forth most clearly in Osama bin Laden's 1996 "Declaration of War Against America"--derive from this same mix. Indeed, in Arab intellectual circles today, bin Laden is already being likened to an earlier icon of Third World revolution who renounced a life of privilege to head for the mountains and fight the American oppressor, Che Guevara. According to Cairo journalist Issandr Elamsani, Arab leftist intellectuals still see the world very much in 1960s terms. "They are all ex-Sorbonne, old Marxists," he says, "who look at everything through a postcolonial prism."

Just as Heidegger wanted the German people to return to a foggy, medieval, blood-and-soil collectivism purged of the corruptions of modernity, and just as Pol Pot wanted Cambodia to return to the Year Zero, so does Osama dream of returning his world to the imagined purity of seventh-century Islam. And just as Fanon argued that revolution can never accomplish its goals through negotiation or peaceful reform, so does Osama regard terror as good in itself, a therapeutic act, quite apart from any concrete aim. The willingness to kill is proof of one's purity.

According to journalist Robert Worth, writing in the New York Times on the intellectual roots of Islamic terror, bin Laden is poorly educated in Islamic theology. A wealthy playboy in his youth, he fell under the influence of radical Arab intellectuals of the 1960s who blended calls for Marxist revolution with calls for a pure Islamic state.

Many of these men were imprisoned and executed for their attacks on Arab regimes; Sayyid Qutb, for example, a major figure in the rise of Islamic fundamentalism, was executed in Egypt in 1965. But their ideas lived on. Qutb's intellectual progeny included Fathi Yakan, who likened the coming Islamic revolution to the French and Russian revolutions, Abdullah Azzam, a Palestinian activist killed in a car bombing in 1989, and Safar Al-Hawali, a Saudi fundamentalist frequently jailed by the Saudi government. As such men dreamed of a pure Islamic state, European revolutionary ideology was seldom far from their minds. Wrote Fathi Yakan, "The groundwork for the French Revolution was laid by Rousseau, Voltaire and Montesquieu; the Communist Revolution realized plans set by Marx, Engels and Lenin....The same holds true for us as well."

The influence of Qutb's "Signposts on the Road" (1964) is clearly traceable in pronouncements by Islamic Jihad, the group that would justify its assassination of Egyptian president Anwar Sadat in 1981 as a step toward ending American domination of Egypt and ushering in a pure Islamic order. In the 1990s, Islamic Jihad would merge with al Qaeda, and Osama's "Declaration of War Against America" in turn would show an obvious debt to the Islamic Jihad manifesto "The Neglected Duty."

It can be argued, then, that the birthplace of Osama's brand of terrorism was Paris 1968, when, amid the student riots and radical teach-ins, the influence of Sartre, Fanon, and the new postmodernist Marxist champions of the "people's destiny" was at its peak. By the mid '70s, according to Claire Sterling's "The Terror Network," "practically every terrorist and guerrilla force to speak of was represented in Paris. . . . The Palestinians especially were there in force." This was the heyday of Yasser Arafat's terrorist organization Al Fatah, whose 1968 tract "The Revolution and Violence" has been called "a selective precis of 'The Wretched of the Earth.'"

While Al Fatah occasionally still used the old-fashioned Leninist language of class struggle, the increasingly radical groups that succeeded it perfected the melding of Islamism and Third World socialism. Their tracts blended Heidegger and Fanon with calls to revive a strict Islamic social order. "We declare," says the Shiite terrorist group Hezbollah in its "Open Letter to the Downtrodden in Lebanon and the World" (1985), "that we are a nation that fears only God" and will not accept "humiliation from America and its allies and the Zionist entity that has usurped the sacred Islamic land." The aim of violent struggle is "giving all our people the opportunity to determine their fate." But that fate must follow the prescribed course: "We do not hide our commitment to the rule of Islam, . . . which alone guarantees justice and dignity for all and prevents any new imperialist attempt to infiltrate our country. . . . This Islamic resistance must . . . with God's help receive from all Muslims in all parts of the world utter support."

These 1980s calls to revolution could have been uttered last week by Osama bin Laden. Indeed, the chief doctrinal difference between the radicals of several decades ago and Osama only confirms the influence of postmodernist socialism on the latter: Whereas Qutb and other early Islamists looked mainly inward, concentrating on revolution in Muslim countries, Osama directs his struggle primarily outward, against American hegemony. While for the early revolutionaries, toppling their own tainted regimes was the principal path to the purified Islamic state, for Osama, the chief goal is bringing America to its knees.



THE RELATIONSHIP between postmodernist European leftism and Islamic radicalism is a two-way street: Not only have Islamists drawn on the legacy of the European Left, but European Marxists have taken heart from Islamic terrorists who seemed close to achieving the longed-for revolution against American hegemony. Consider Michel Foucault and Jacques Derrida, two leading avatars of postmodernism. Foucault was sent by the Italian daily Corriere della Sera to observe the Iranian revolution and the rise of the Ayatollah Khomeini. Like Sartre, who had rhapsodized over the Algerian revolution, Foucault was enthralled, pronouncing Khomeini "a kind of mystic saint." The Frenchman welcomed "Islamic government" as a new form of "political spirituality" that could inspire Western radicals to combat capitalist hegemony.

Heavily influenced by Heidegger and Sartre, Foucault was typical of postmodernist socialists in having neither concrete political aims nor the slightest interest in tangible economic grievances as motives for revolution. To him, the appeal of revolution was aesthetic and voyeuristic: "a violence, an intensity, an utterly remarkable passion." For Foucault as for Fanon, Hezbollah, and the rest down to Osama, the purpose of violence is not to relieve poverty or adjust borders. Violence is an end in itself. Foucault exalts it as "the craving, the taste, the capacity, the possibility of an absolute sacrifice." In this, he is at one with Osama's followers, who claim to love death while the Americans "love Coca-Cola."

Derrida, meanwhile, reacted to the collapse of the Soviet Union by calling for a "new international." Whereas the old international was made up of the economically oppressed, the new one would be a grab bag of the culturally alienated, "the dispossessed and the marginalized": students, feminists, environmentalists, gays, aboriginals, all uniting to combat American-led globalization. Islamic fundamentalists were obvious candidates for inclusion.

And so it is that in the latest leftist potboiler, "Empire," Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri depict the American-dominated global order as today's version of the bourgeoisie. Rising up against it is Derrida's "new international." Hardt and Negri identify Islamist terrorism as a spearhead of "the postmodern revolution" against "the new imperial order." Why? Because of "its refusal of modernity as a weapon of Euro-American hegemony."

"Empire" is currently flavor of the month among American postmodernists. It is almost eerily appropriate that the book should be the joint production of an actual terrorist, currently in jail, and a professor of literature at Duke, the university that led postmodernism's conquest of American academia. In professorial hands, postmodernism is reduced to a parlor game in which we "deconstruct" great works of the past and impose our own meaning on them without regard for the authors' intentions or the truth or falsity of our interpretations. This has damaged liberal education in America. Still, it doesn't kill people--unlike the deadly postmodernism out there in the world. Heirs to Heidegger and his leftist devotees, the terrorists don't limit themselves to deconstructing texts. They want to deconstruct the West, through acts like those we witnessed on September 11.

What the terrorists have in common with our armchair nihilists is a belief in the primacy of the radical will, unrestrained by traditional moral teachings such as the requirements of prudence, fairness, and reason. The terrorists seek to put this belief into action, shattering tradition through acts of violent revolutionary resolve. That is how al Qaeda can ignore mainstream Islam, which prohibits the deliberate killing of noncombatants, and slaughter innocents in the name of creating a new world, the latest in a long line of grimly punitive collectivist utopias.



Waller R. Newell is professor of political science and philosophy at Carleton University in Ottawa.


November 26, 2001 - Volume 7, Number 11


47 posted on 10/29/2004 10:41:16 PM PDT by Stellar Dendrite (They should rename it to World Hugh instead of World Series!!!!)
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To: Petronski
You know, this is almost wonderful. No, no, before you hit the abuse button, please listen.

See, for the last four years, they've been bashing Nader for costing Gore the election. It's not going to happen this time around, Bush will pull far more than the Nader margin. But now, the Democrats will have to find a new scapegoat for why they didn't win. Ergo, their poster boy is about to get a lot of rich Democrats who have been funding his accessory organizations rather ticked off at him.

Which as far as I am concerned is a wonderful thing. Ok, now, you may begin to abuse me.
48 posted on 10/29/2004 10:42:47 PM PDT by kingu (Which would you bet on? Iraq and Afghanistan? Or Haiti and Kosovo?)
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To: MJY1288

With Hellary still in charge of the party strings .. that is never going to happen


49 posted on 10/29/2004 10:43:19 PM PDT by Mo1 (This Sept 10th attitude is no way to protect our country)
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To: AZLiberty
That's why Osama bin Laden (Joe Bidened) plagiarized, Moore's work.
50 posted on 10/29/2004 10:43:24 PM PDT by MJY1288 (A MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK HAS NEVER LED ANY TEAM TO VICTORY)
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