Why the Left Loves Osama (and Saddam) New York Post March 19, 2003
Has anyone noticed an indifference in the precincts of the far Left to the
fatalities of 9/11
and the horrors of Saddam Hussein?
Right after the 9/11 attack, German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen called it
work of art for the whole cosmos." Eric Foner, an ornament of Columbia
firmament, trivialized it 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
Why is the Left nonchalant about the outrages committed by al Qaeda and
Lee Harris, an Atlanta writer, offers an explanation in a recent issue of
Institution's journal, Policy Review. He does so by stepping way back and
Marx's central thesis about the demise of capitalism resulting from an
inevitable sequence of
* 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 un-revolutionary).
By the roaring
1950s, most of the Left realized that Marx got it wrong.
But rather than give up on cherished expectations of socialist revolution,
Marxists tweaked their theory. Abandoning the workers of advanced industrial
looked instead to the entire populations of poor countries to carry out the
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 9/11, 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
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
Instead, it warily admires al Qaeda, the Taliban and militant Islam in
general for doing
battle with the United States. The Left tries to overlook militant Islam's
socialist practices - such as its imposing religious law, excluding women
from the workplace,
banning the payment of interest, encouraging private property and
This admiring spirit explains the Left's nonchalant response to 9/11. 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 United States. 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 both to the fate of
Iraqis and even
to their own safety, clutching instead at the hope that this monster will
In sum: 9/11 and the prospect of war against Saddam Hussein have exposed the
self-delusion, intellectual bankruptcy and moral turpitude
Left Strategies for Revolution
To the best of our knowledge, these strategies were first printed in the
Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Examiner-Enterprise in 1919. It was reprinted again
in 1946 in The New World News, after the Florida attorney general secured it
from a known member of the communist party, who acknowledged that it was
then still apart of the communist program. In May 1919, at Dusseldorf,
Germany, the Allied Forces obtained a copy of the "Communist Rules for
Revolution." Nearly 83 years later, they have nearly succeeded in every
A. Corrupt the young; get them away from religion. Get them interested in
sex. Make them superficial, destroy their ruggedness.
B Get control of all means of publicity, thereby:
1. Get peoples mind off of government by focusing their attention on
athletics, sexy books, plays and other trivialities.
2. Divide the people into hostile groups by constantly harping on
controversial matters of "No Importance".
3. Destroy the people's faith in their natural leaders by holding them up to
contempt, ridicule and disgrace.
4. Always preach true democracy, but seize power as fast and as ruthlessly
5. By encouraging government extravagance, destroy its credit; produce fear
of inflation with rising prices and general discontent.
6. Incite unnecessary strikes in vital industries, encourage civil disorders
and foster a lenient and soft attitude on the part of government toward such
7. By specious argument, cause the breakdown of the old moral virtues:
honesty, sobriety, self-restraint, faith in the pledged word, ruggedness.
C. Cause the registration of ALL firearms on some pretext with a view to
confiscate them and leave the population helpless.
Every one of these rules are nearly complete in the USA and Australia today.
Col. Edward Mandell House called for a meeting with European counterparts to
form the Institute of International Affairs. This was on May 30. In 1921 the
United States branch was incorporated under the name Council on Foreign
In the political field he refuses the state the means for its
self-preservation, destroys the foundations of all national self-maintenance
and defense, destroys faith in the leadership, scoffs at its history and
past, and drags everything that is truly great into the gutter.
Culturally he contaminates art, literature, the theater, makes a mockery of
natural feeling, overthrows all concepts of beauty and sublimity, of the
noble and the good, and instead drags men down into the sphere of his own
Religion is ridiculed, ethics and morality represented as outmoded, until
the last props of a nation in its struggle for existence in this world have
What is left is a culture of utilitarian-swinism (the tendency to become
swine). Nobody values anything or anyone, and of course, alcohol,
anti-depressants and drugs are the only consolation left.