Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Storm Track Appeasement: An Islamic Version of the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact

As my readers know, the theme of the my Gathering Storm Blog is the comparison between the softening up tactics of fascist Germany and Imperial Japan prior to World War II and the use of the same intimidation, infiletration and disinformation tactics used by the Islamists of today. Last week, a caller to the Gathering Storm Radio Show brought up another interesting comparison.

The comparisons might shed some light on why Russia defends the actions of Iran which in reality is a threat to Russian security.

Our caller compared the friendly relations between Russia and Iran similar to the friendly relations between Russia and Nazi Germany prior to 1940 even though both ideologies were in conflict with each other. The caller said that Russia is quite aware of the dangers posed by Islamists on their southern borders and in the breakaway states of the former USSR. So why the support for Iran in the world community?

Perhaps, the caller said, Russia fears, as it did Germany, Iran’s growing power and its support and influence on the jihadists in Russia’s midst. I though that was a pretty good analysis. Then this post from the The Captain’s Quarters - Hitler-Stalin For The Terror Age. He speaks of an article in the New York Sun that reports of a marriage of convenience that has begun to grow between two factions that seem entirely incompatible in all respects but one:

Over the past year, multiple international conferences have featured leaders of the anti-global left and Islamist groups working together. Go to any anti-war or anti-globalization demonstration in the West and chances are you will see the flags of Hezbollah and Hamas waved by people wearing Che Guevara T-shirts. And at some of these meetings, members of such radical Islamist groups as the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, and Hezbollah have enjoyed starring roles.

The roster of Islamist-left alliances quietly grows every day: Massachusetts Institute of Technology linguistics professor Noam Chomsky praises Hamas and denounces America on Hezbollah's Al-Manar television. London Mayor Ken Livingstone invites a leading Islamist, Sheikh Yosef Al-Qaradawi, who is known for supporting suicide attacks, to visit his city. Iranian President Ahmadinejad calls for a world without America even as he plays host to a Tehran peace conference attended by American Mennonites, Quakers, Episcopalians, Methodists, and leaders of the National Council of Churches.

The key forum at this year's annual Cairo Anti-War Conference was titled "Bridge-building Between the Left and Islam," and focused on practical ways to increase cooperation. The aim of the conference sessions were described in one piece of literature as tackling "the challenges and prospects facing the international anti-war and pro-intifada movements" and planning "strategy and tactics for bridging the gap and uniting Islamist and leftist ranks in the face of U.S. imperialism and Zionism."


Could this be the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact for our age? The Captain speculates.

The Left, with its insistence on multiculturalism and the end of religion in public discourse, has begun to ally itself with the most xenophobic religion on the planet, one which insists on transcendence in temporal matters above all other law. Its leaders now praise the same groups that target and kill civilians, oppress the media, openly practice anti-Semitism, and routinely stone those who have the audacity to date without permission from their families.

A linguist like Chomsky can talk all he wants, but he cannot hide the inherent contradiction in his basis for supporting Hamas and Hezbollah while castigating the US for its cultural imperialism and religious extremism, and neither can the rest of the Left that insists on enabling the Hassan Nasrallahs of our age. They are the collaborators in this new era, the ones who give intellectual comfort to terrorists around the world. The Left has just about fully discredited itself, and it will be people like Chomsky who push it over the edge.


Back in February of this year, the Economist ran a piece on the anti-war movement in Britain where a broad anti-American alliance between Socialists and Muslims has emerged in recent years to lead opposition to the U.S.-led international order.

An Italian Marxist involved in the “Social Forum” movement, which organises large, disparate gatherings of groups opposed to the existing world order, puts it this way. Almost everybody in the movement shares the belief that “capitalism and militarism” (both epitomised by America) are the main challenges to human welfare. If political Islam can blunt American triumphalism, then so much the better—even from the viewpoint of those who would never dream of donning a headscarf or upsetting a sexual minority.

The Left would prefer to sell their souls to the devil it will prevent America from supporting freedom throughout the world. It happened in 1939, it’s happening today.

The more things change, the more they remain the same.

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