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Why the left is nonchalant about September 11
The Jerusalem Post ^ | 3-19-03 | Daniel Pipes

Posted on 03/18/2003 6:10:31 PM PST by hope

Has anyone noticed an indifference in the precincts of the far left to the fatalities of September 11 and the horrors of Saddam Hussein? Right after the Sept. 11 attack, German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen called it "the greatest work of art for the whole cosmos."

Eric Foner, an ornament of Columbia University's Marxist firmament, trivialized the attack by announcing himself unsure "which is more frightening: the horror that engulfed New York City or the apocalyptic rhetoric emanating daily from the White House."

Norman Mailer called the suicide hijackers "brilliant." More recently, it appears that none of the millions of anti-war demonstrators have a bad word to say about Saddam Hussein nor an iota of sympathy for those oppressed, tortured, and murdered by his regime. Instead they vent fury against the American president and British prime minister.

Why is the left nonchalant about the outrages committed by al-Qaida and Baghdad?

Lee Harris, an Atlanta writer, offers an explanation in a recent issue of Policy Review, the Hoover Institution's journal. He does so by stepping way back and recalling Karl Marx's central thesis about the demise of capitalism resulting from an inevitable sequence of events:

Business profits decline in the industrial countries;

Bosses squeeze their workers;

Workers become impoverished;

Workers rebel against their bosses; and

Workers establish a socialist order.

EVERYTHING here hangs on workers growing poorer over time which, of course, did not happen. In fact, Western workers became richer (and increasingly unrevolutionary). By the roaring 1950s, most of the left realized that Marx had got it wrong.

But rather than give up on cherished expectations of socialist revolution, Harris notes, Marxists tweaked their theory. Abandoning the workers of advanced industrial countries, they looked instead to the entire populations of poor countries to carry out the revolution. Class analysis went out the window, replaced by geography.

This new approach, known as "dependencia theory," holds that the First World (and the United States above all) profits by forcefully exploiting the Third Word. The left theorizes that the United States oppresses poor countries; thus Noam Chomsky's formulation that America is a "leading terrorist state."

For vindication of this claim, Marxists impatiently await the Third World's rising up against the West. Sadly for them, the only true revolution since the 1950s was Iran's in 1978-79. It ended with militant Islam in power and the Left in hiding.

Then came Sept. 11, which Marxists interpreted as the Third World (finally!) striking back at its American oppressor. In the left's imagination, Harris explains, this attack was nothing less than "world-historical in its significance: the dawn of a new revolutionary era."

Only a pedant would point out that the suicide hijackers hardly represented the wretched of the earth; and that their objectives had nothing at all to do with socialism and everything to do with, no, not again! militant Islam.

So desperate is the left for some sign of true socialism, it overlooks such pesky details. Instead, it warily admires al-Qaida, the Taliban, and militant Islam in general for doing battle with the United States.

The left tries to overlook militant Islam's slightly un-socialist practices, such as its imposing religious law, excluding women from the workplace, banning the payment of interest, encouraging private property, and persecuting atheists.

This admiring spirit explains the Left's nonchalant response to Sept. 11. Sure, it rued the loss of life, but not too much. Dario Fo, the Italian Marxist who won the 1997 Nobel Prize for literature, explains: "The great [Wall Street] speculators wallow in an economy that every year kills tens of millions of people with poverty, so what is 20,000 dead in New York?"

The same goes for Saddam Hussein, whose gruesome qualities matter less to the Left than the fact of his confronting and defying the US. In its view, anyone who does that can't be too bad, never mind that he brutalizes his subjects and invades his neighbors.

The left takes to the streets to assure his survival, indifferent to both the fate of Iraqis and even their own safety, clutching instead at the hope that this monster will somehow bring socialism closer.

In sum: Sept. 11 and the prospect of war against Saddam Hussein have exposed the left's political self-delusion, intellectual bankruptcy, and moral turpitude.

The writer is director of the Middle East Forum and author of Militant Islam Reaches America. Pipes@MEForum.org


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: redjihad

1 posted on 03/18/2003 6:10:31 PM PST by hope
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To: hope
The Left will adopt the Islamic economics of the koran eventually, taking to heart its fascist, collectivisation, anti individual and misogynistic diktats.
2 posted on 03/18/2003 6:14:24 PM PST by swarthyguy
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To: hope
So desperate is the left for some sign of true socialism,........it warily admires al-Qaida, the Taliban, and militant Islam in general for doing battle with the United States.

They don't realize that they, the socialists, will be the first to go when Islam takes over their lands, because of their love of atheism, licentiousness, and feminism.

3 posted on 03/18/2003 6:17:38 PM PST by expatpat
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To: hope
Pipes theory makes about as much sense as any other that's out there.
4 posted on 03/18/2003 6:20:20 PM PST by randita
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To: swarthyguy
Thoughtful article.The joining together of the left and Islam is only a means to an end...The end of America as it is and world domination. They will not win here..but it is a constant danger.
5 posted on 03/18/2003 6:21:43 PM PST by MEG33
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To: hope
Norman Mailer called the suicide hijackers "brilliant."

The murder of innocent people and suicide have always belonged to cowards......

The left needs a white cane with a red tip when it comes to navigating world news.

6 posted on 03/18/2003 6:23:26 PM PST by Tom Bombadil
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To: hope
It's because they weren't in charge when it happenned, so they can't take charge and can't take credit !
7 posted on 03/18/2003 6:28:13 PM PST by LiveFreeOrDie2001 (Justice will be served, and the battle will rage, this BIG DOG will fight when you rattle it's cage.)
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To: hope
Trying to be a nicer, kinder person myself these days. Saw the quote on Norman Mailer calling the hijackers of September 11th- Brilliant. My resolve has gone.

Mailer shilled for a Jack Henry Abbott who wrote a book in prison. Abbott was a convicted murderer. Out goes Abbott into the free world. A decent young man employed by a restuarant, was sworn at by Abbott. Abbott wanted to use the employee rest rooms. He was refused. Abbott stabbed the young man to death. Back goes Abbott to durance vile.

More. Mailer stabbed his second wife five times, apparently just off the cuff. He got five years psychiatric treatment. Bio states he has repaid society for his errors.

Same ex wife of over 70 years of age suing him for more money. She is said to be living frugally. What can we say about Mailer and his errors? Somewhat less than brilliant maybe.

8 posted on 03/18/2003 6:46:38 PM PST by Peter Libra
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To: hope
German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen called it "the greatest work of art for the whole cosmos.

Turtleneck-sweater-wearing-effeminate-new-age-dumbass.

9 posted on 03/18/2003 6:50:03 PM PST by rageaholic
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To: hope
The fact is, the Left thinks we had 9/11 coming.
10 posted on 03/18/2003 6:59:03 PM PST by hchutch ("Last suckers crossed, Syndicate shot'em up" - Ice-T, "I'm Your Pusher")
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To: swarthyguy
With the left there is a lot that would pick up on Islam just to spite Christanity.
11 posted on 03/18/2003 7:10:21 PM PST by oyez (Is this a great country...... or what??)
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To: hope
"By the roaring 1950s, most of the left realized that Marx had got it wrong."
Communism doesn't work because people like to own stuff -- Frank Zappa
12 posted on 03/18/2003 7:15:52 PM PST by afz400
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To: hope
Nonchalant hell!

They are happy it happened and wish there would be more attacks.
13 posted on 03/18/2003 7:16:07 PM PST by sport
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To: Peter Libra
Did Mailer really stab his wife?
14 posted on 03/18/2003 7:32:09 PM PST by artsie
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To: artsie
Yes, he sure did.
15 posted on 03/18/2003 7:37:01 PM PST by Irene Adler
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To: artsie
Nice and quick by Irene. She knows. 1960 there was a party. At 5am Mailer stabbed Adele Morales Mailer five times. He got her in the stomach and back. It took three hours to get her to hospital. Luckily and let me pay tribute to the unsung heroes in this world- those emergency medical people- I do not know one detail about their struggle with death though.

They must have saved that b*****d Mailer also.

Question though rhetorical. Does genius excuse the vile unconscionable treatment of human beings?.

Old PL thinks not.

16 posted on 03/18/2003 7:51:14 PM PST by Peter Libra
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To: sport
Oh yeah, they think we deserved it. I remember walking on Clark Street-about 2200 north, in Chicago on 9-11 just an hour after the towers fell-- myself shocked and in a daze--seeing a group of 5 or 6 filthy dread-locked scumbags meeting each other on the street, "high-fivin' "and "slappin' skin" and laughing thier a**es off. Oh yeah, they totally think we deserved it.
17 posted on 03/18/2003 7:51:27 PM PST by Musket
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To: Rose in RoseBear
ping... excellent analysis
18 posted on 03/18/2003 7:59:51 PM PST by Bear_in_RoseBear (Am I awake, or am I dreaming?)
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To: sport
I hope they aren't really happy it happened. However, I do now see some smirking that it happened on Bush's watch, especially from Clinton himself. The left always blames someone else for their mistakes.
19 posted on 03/18/2003 8:11:59 PM PST by ladyinred
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To: Peter Libra
Thanks I can't wait to drop that bomb on my left leaning prairie home campanion loving brother :)
20 posted on 03/18/2003 8:15:01 PM PST by artsie
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To: hope
Class analysis went out the window, replaced by geography.
This is a lie. It has been replaced by race, not geography, a fact that has to be clear to author Harris.
21 posted on 03/18/2003 9:06:24 PM PST by jordan8
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To: hope
bump for later reading and contemplation
22 posted on 03/18/2003 9:21:10 PM PST by FirstTomato ("In the end,We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends" M L King)
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To: swarthyguy
The Left will adopt the Islamic economics of the koran eventually, taking to heart its fascist, collectivisation, anti individual and misogynistic diktats.

Oh, we can only *hope* they're *that* stupid.

They've already jumped in the toilet with their reaction to 9/11. All we need now is for them to pull the handle, by doing something like what you are predicting. We should be *encouraging* them to support Islam.

23 posted on 03/18/2003 11:58:06 PM PST by fire_eye
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To: fire_eye
I read an islami screed last year advocating the adoption of shari by the "progressive, peaceloving forces" of the west. Should've posted it, but it made quite the case for sharia economics in the jihad to break the economic stranglehold of western banking.
24 posted on 03/19/2003 11:08:19 AM PST by swarthyguy
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To: hope
So desperate is the left for some sign of true socialism, it overlooks such pesky details. Instead, it warily admires al-Qaida, the Taliban, and militant Islam in general for doing battle with the United States.

This attitude was tidily summed up by Professor Richard Berthold at the University of New Mexico, who told his classes after the September 11 attacks,:

"Anyone who can blow up the Pentagon has my vote."

25 posted on 03/19/2003 2:24:40 PM PST by shhrubbery!
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To: hope
The reason that the left is non-chalent regarding 911 is this:

The people in those buildings were working...the left hates work

26 posted on 03/19/2003 2:26:43 PM PST by demsux
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To: hope


Here is a
9/11 link that I visit often...
Whooo-raaah!!!
(It takes awhile to load due to all the pictures and the music.)
Stay Strong
Fuzzy

27 posted on 03/27/2003 2:33:14 AM PST by fuzzy122
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To: hope
bttt
28 posted on 03/26/2004 10:19:04 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe
This same left has taken over the ranks of the DNC and they are hellbent on getting in power..
29 posted on 03/27/2004 7:36:59 AM PST by hope
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