The leftist/Islamist alliance

Dennis Mitzner tries to explain the odd alliance between the hard-core left and Islamic jihadists (evident especially in Europe), despite the latter’s attitude towards women, homosexuality, etc., etc.  An excerpt:

Since the left views Muslims as part of their struggle against Western hegemony, they are given a pass on their religiosity. Islam does not threaten the left in the same fashion as Judaism and Christianity. They look at Christians and Jews and see wealth; they look at Muslims and see poverty. It is common knowledge that the left is comprised of Marxists or Marxist-sympathizers, so viewing the world through a prism of one’s economic status is perfectly logical. . . .

Perhaps it is the Marxism that draws the political left to the Islamists and the usefulness of the political left that draws Islamists to the Marxists. However, there must be something deeper behind their collective fury. Maybe it’s anti-Semitism or maybe it’s something else.Clarity is what is needed in order to analyze their respective motives. Both the left and the Islamists see the two religions that produced the Western liberal order, Judaism and Christianity, as malicious influences on the world.

via Pajamas Media » European Progressives, Islamists: More Alike Than We Think?.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://www.redeemedrambling.blogspot.com/ John

    Maybe, but I think models that invoke “right” vs. “left” have been simplified to the point of absurdity.

  • http://www.redeemedrambling.blogspot.com/ John

    Maybe, but I think models that invoke “right” vs. “left” have been simplified to the point of absurdity.

  • Peter Leavitt

    The European and American hard Left both view the Judeo-Christian religion along with economic freedom as an enemy. They view the Islamic Jihadis favorably on the ground that the enemy of my enemy is a friend. Anyone who wants to pursue this matter in depth might read David Horowitz’s excellent book, Unholy Alliance: Radical Islam and the American Left.

    Fortunately, as Obama is fining out of late, America is basically a center-right country.

  • Peter Leavitt

    The European and American hard Left both view the Judeo-Christian religion along with economic freedom as an enemy. They view the Islamic Jihadis favorably on the ground that the enemy of my enemy is a friend. Anyone who wants to pursue this matter in depth might read David Horowitz’s excellent book, Unholy Alliance: Radical Islam and the American Left.

    Fortunately, as Obama is fining out of late, America is basically a center-right country.

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com Bike Bubba

    I don’t know what the deal is, but it is striking the moral blindness among many supporters of the PLO/Hamas side of this argument; somehow the fact that Israel hits an ammunition dump in a PLO/Hamas elementary school or hospital (as has occurred) seems to be of more concern to them than the fact that PLO/Hamas were using their own children as human shields by siting rocket launchers and mortars at an elementary school or hospital.

    Somehow it always comes down to the excuse “well look how poor these people are,” or something like that. It’s appalling; by moral obtuseness, these guys are encouraging the very behaviors that have prevented the Palestinians from getting a decent life.

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com Bike Bubba

    I don’t know what the deal is, but it is striking the moral blindness among many supporters of the PLO/Hamas side of this argument; somehow the fact that Israel hits an ammunition dump in a PLO/Hamas elementary school or hospital (as has occurred) seems to be of more concern to them than the fact that PLO/Hamas were using their own children as human shields by siting rocket launchers and mortars at an elementary school or hospital.

    Somehow it always comes down to the excuse “well look how poor these people are,” or something like that. It’s appalling; by moral obtuseness, these guys are encouraging the very behaviors that have prevented the Palestinians from getting a decent life.

  • DonS

    The alliance is an odd one, because many of those on the left would be killed or jailed for their beliefs in a Muslim country. It is particularly odd when those claiming to espouse womens’ rights are silent regarding the low Islamic view of women. But rather than the tack of the article, related to Marxist ideals, I agree with Peter that it is the common hatred of Judeo-Christian ideals that drives the unholy alliance, in addition to anti-Americanism. Another strange oddity is the affinity of American Jews for liberal politics, putting them in a strange alliance with Islamists in the Middle East against the Jewish state of Israel.

  • DonS

    The alliance is an odd one, because many of those on the left would be killed or jailed for their beliefs in a Muslim country. It is particularly odd when those claiming to espouse womens’ rights are silent regarding the low Islamic view of women. But rather than the tack of the article, related to Marxist ideals, I agree with Peter that it is the common hatred of Judeo-Christian ideals that drives the unholy alliance, in addition to anti-Americanism. Another strange oddity is the affinity of American Jews for liberal politics, putting them in a strange alliance with Islamists in the Middle East against the Jewish state of Israel.

  • http://RoseFremer@yahoo.com Rose

    Peter, You’re right, the affinity for liberal politics is very strange.
    For liberals, the intellectual ideal is paramount, despite the practical outcomes. This may change w/the Administration’s coolness toward Israel.
    In a similar vein, liberal women had affinity for Clinton although he harrassed his female subordinates.

  • http://RoseFremer@yahoo.com Rose

    Peter, You’re right, the affinity for liberal politics is very strange.
    For liberals, the intellectual ideal is paramount, despite the practical outcomes. This may change w/the Administration’s coolness toward Israel.
    In a similar vein, liberal women had affinity for Clinton although he harrassed his female subordinates.

  • reg

    Simplistic as this may sound, they both serve the same thing- the devil. Hence their affinity in their hatred of the things of God..

  • reg

    Simplistic as this may sound, they both serve the same thing- the devil. Hence their affinity in their hatred of the things of God..

  • http://snafman.blogspot.com Snafu

    I saw in the news the same thing Dennis is talking about: protesters in Helsinki with Hezbollah flags and ordinary Finnish women side by side. The first would probably vote for hanging gays (as they do in Iran), the latter are for sexual revolution. I wonder if they know anything about their other political views, not just the matter of Middle-East?

  • http://snafman.blogspot.com Snafu

    I saw in the news the same thing Dennis is talking about: protesters in Helsinki with Hezbollah flags and ordinary Finnish women side by side. The first would probably vote for hanging gays (as they do in Iran), the latter are for sexual revolution. I wonder if they know anything about their other political views, not just the matter of Middle-East?

  • http://snafman.blogspot.com Snafu

    I just ran in this (in finnish, sorry, but click the pictures to see the difference). Reuters is accused of tampering photos from Gaza flotilla. The photos with the soldier in it were cropped so that a knife in the hand of an “activist” cannot be seen, hiding the obvious stabber of the soldier. Reuters corrected their error later, though.

    http://www.hs.fi/ulkomaat/artikkeli/Reutersia+syytet%C3%A4%C3%A4n+Gazan+avustuslaivakuvien+v%C3%A4%C3%A4ristelyst%C3%A4/1135257407069

  • http://snafman.blogspot.com Snafu

    I just ran in this (in finnish, sorry, but click the pictures to see the difference). Reuters is accused of tampering photos from Gaza flotilla. The photos with the soldier in it were cropped so that a knife in the hand of an “activist” cannot be seen, hiding the obvious stabber of the soldier. Reuters corrected their error later, though.

    http://www.hs.fi/ulkomaat/artikkeli/Reutersia+syytet%C3%A4%C3%A4n+Gazan+avustuslaivakuvien+v%C3%A4%C3%A4ristelyst%C3%A4/1135257407069

  • Peter Leavitt

    Rose, you’re right. These people are ideologues with little sensibility.

  • Peter Leavitt

    Rose, you’re right. These people are ideologues with little sensibility.

  • http://gslcnm.com Pastor Spomer

    I would like to see some “in house” talk in the Leftist camp about this. What happens when a leftist starts to question this alliance? If she were to have the temerity to ask, “Shouldn’t we oppose the spread of shira law in the West, what with all it’s misogyny etc.?” What kind of response would she receive? What would the reasons be, penned by the hand of a fellow “progressive”?

  • http://gslcnm.com Pastor Spomer

    I would like to see some “in house” talk in the Leftist camp about this. What happens when a leftist starts to question this alliance? If she were to have the temerity to ask, “Shouldn’t we oppose the spread of shira law in the West, what with all it’s misogyny etc.?” What kind of response would she receive? What would the reasons be, penned by the hand of a fellow “progressive”?


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