Unholy Alliance - Radical Islam and the American Left

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Unholy Alliance - Radical Islam and the American Left

The one thing I enjoy when there is a long holiday weekend is the time I get to spend reading books. Visiting the Blanchard's in Skaneateles, New York further forces you to read books since their lake-side home doesn't have a television. I bought a book several months ago titled Unholy Alliance - Radical Islam and the American Left, that intrigued me when I saw it in the bookstore, but I never seemed to find time to read it.

I don't claim to know all the political answers or who is more right - the Left or the Right. I would venture to say that there is fault both on the Extreme Left and the Extreme Right. But what really intrigued me about this book was that the author, David Horowitz, is a lifelong civil rights activist and one of the founders of the New Left movement in the 1960s. So how is it that someone that had such deep-seated roots in liberal and Left-leaning causes would write a book condemning the Left and associating the Left as allies of Islamic terrorists? What caused David to turn from his Left allies and take a much more conservative approach when it came to the War on Terror? That's what intigued me when I read the book's jacket cover. Indeed this book is not written by an extreme right-winger novelist by any stretch of the imagination, so I couldn't just lump this as some sort of extreme right-wing propoganda trash. I had to buy this book and I was not disappointed.

So why would Leftists make common cause with extremists within a religion that are diametrically opposed to everything the Left stands for? (civil rights, homosexuality, democracy, women's rights, etc.) David Horowitz explains that it is quite logical given one of the extreme Left's principles: America is the biggest evil and anything or anyone opposed to America is good.

The first part of the book is a history of 9/11 through the end of major combat operations in Iraq and the Left's actions during this time. David cites a few examples of the extreme Left, but one that stuck in my mind was Anthropology Professor Nicholas De Genova of Columbia University when he said that he hoped for "a million Mogadishus." (in Iraq) Specifically he said, "Peace is subversive, because peace anticipates a very different world than the one in which we live--a world where the U.S. would have no place." De Genova continued: "The only true heroes are those who find ways that help defeat the U.S. military. I personally would like to see a million Mogadishus. U.S. patriotism is inseparable from imperial warfare and white supremacy."

The second part of the book is a history of the American and international Left and the Left's love for communism and their evolution into what Horowitz calls Neo-Communists or Neocoms. He explains that the original American communists believed in the Soviet Union with the same religous fervor that many people believe in God. Americans who spied for the Soviet Union didn't see themselves as traitors to America, but rather loyalists to a commom cause for a utopian society for humanity. When the Soviet Union fell, they still carried their flawed belief system in a socialist America and instead focused their attention on attacking the American system at every turn.

Part three explains why the Left has made unspoken alliances with Islam, Even though Islam doesn't share the Left's belief system, Horowitz explains that they are but a small enemy as compared to the American capitalist system and they they will do anything to bring about a revolution that brings down the American system.

So why is the Left allying itself with radical Islam? Horowitz says that the Neocoms still believe in Marx's dictum that "religion is the opiate of the masses." According to the book, once private property is abolished (the root of the "class" system), the need for religion will vanish, and Islamic radicals will stop being Islamic and radical. The only thing standing in the way of the revolution is the United States of America.

Unholy Alliance - Radical Islam and the American Left is absolutely chilling in its exploration of the depths to which the extreme Left will sink in its attacks on America. It is truly sad that the once great Democratic Party, of which I used to consider myself part of, has been hijacked by the extreme Left. For the record, I voted for Clinton twice, Gore over George W. Bush, and lastly George W. Bush over Kerry. So that's 3 Democratic votes to just one Republican vote.

In summary, David Horowitz has done a billiant job of analyzing the history of the Left and how they have evolved from supporting communism to using the power of the media to spread their propoganda.

What happened to the progressive moderate Democrats, like John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and others? Clinton was more moderate than the current crop of Democratic leadership, i.e. Howard Dean, Senator John Kerry, Senator Ted Kennedy, Sen. Barbara Boxer, and Sen. Charles Schummer and a lot of the reason is that extreme Left such as MoveOn.org and others have raised millions of dollars to help fund far left-leaning candidates such as Howard Dean.

I don't believe President Bush has done everything perfectly but if you were to listen to Democratic leadership President Bush has done everything wrong. That is just lunacy and pure propoganda designed for political gain. Unwarranted attacks on the office of the Presidency no matter which party is in power designed for mere political gain stinks to high heaven and I hope this plan backfires come election time. The extreme Left is pushing me further and further to the right of center. Please Democrats, I implore you... save me from becoming an extreme right-winger before it's too late!

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