Jamie Glazov, author of “United in Hate: The Left’s Romance With Tyranny and Terror,” has been invited by the David Horowitz Freedom Center to deliver a speech at a book club event next month.
Glazov will speak and sign copies of his book at the Luxe Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif., at 7:30 p.m. May 14. Registration and reception begin at 7 p.m., and registrations can be made by e-mailing Stephanie Knudson at the Freedom Center.
Glazov, a refugee from the Soviet Union, contends there is an unholy alliance between jihadists and people such as Michael Moore, Sean Penn, Ted Turner and Noam Chomsky. At the heart of the mutual admiration, he says, is a willingness to accept massive numbers of deaths to achieve their objectives.
What’s bound to be most infuriating to those Americans and many other westerners mentioned in the book is the way Glazov uses their own words to make the point.
“Not only do I think it’s possible [a Muslim-leftist alliance] but I think it is vitally necessary and I think it is happening already,” explains leftist British lawmaker George Galloway. “It is possible because the progressive movement around the world and the Muslims have the same enemies. Their enemies are the Zionist occupation, American occupation, British occupation of poor countries, mainly Muslim countries. They have the same interest in opposing savage capitalist globalization, which is intent upon homogenizing the entire world, turning us basically into factory chickens which can be force fed the American diet of everything from food to Coca-Cola to movies and TV culture and whose only role in life is to consume the things produced endlessly by the
multinational corporations. …”
Within hours of its release by WND Books, “United in Hate” was No. 1 among books relating to communism, No. 3 among titles relating to fascism and No. 5 among those relating to communism and socialism on Amazon.com.
While it’s hardly news that there’s cheerleading of anti-American Islamists on the left, what is new in “United in Hate” is the startling diagnosis of what is at the root of the alliance.
Glazov concludes: “This is where the Western Left and militant Islam (like the Western Left and Communism) intersect: human life must be sacrificed for the sake of the idea. Like Islamists, leftists have a Manichean vision that rigidly distinguishes good from evil. They see themselves as personifications of the former and their opponents as personifications of the latter, who must be slated for ruthless elimination.”
With both ideologies, explains Glazov, the cause is the dividing line of morality. If you are against it, you are an enemy of the people.
“We’ll ask the man, where do you stand on the question of the revolution?” explained Lenin. “Are you for it or against it? If he’s against it, we’ll stand him up against a wall.”
Lenin was serious about extermination of political enemies and others who were inconvenient to the cause of the communist revolution in the Soviet Union. But that didn’t bother western leftists who traveled there and covered up his crimes and those of his successors.
A legendary and persistent hero of the left in the U.S. to this day is Ernesto “Che” Guevara, Fidel Castro’s second in command, whose image still emblazons designer T-shirts on college campuses around the country. His life was recently celebrated in the movie “Motorcycle Diaries.”
But here’s what Guevara wrote in his book of the same name: “Crazy with fury I will stain my rifle red while slaughtering any enemy that falls into my hands! My nostrils dilate while savoring the acrid odor of gunpowder and blood. With the deaths of my enemies I prepare my being for the sacred fight and join the triumphant proletariat with a bestial howl.”
Long after Cuba’s firing squads had eliminated tens of thousands of dissidents and the gulags swallowed up the political prisoners, Glazov shows, American leftists, including many celebrities, were still holding up Cuba as the pinnacle of freedom.
Francis Ford Coppola said: “Fidel, I love you. We both have the same initials. We both have beards. We both have power and want to use it for good purposes. Harry Belafonte said: “If you believe in freedom, if you believe in justice, if you believe in democracy, you have no choice but to support Fidel Castro.”
Likewise, Glazov illustrates how many American leftists turned a blind eye to the potential for mass murder in Vietnam in the event of a communist victory. Few had second thoughts or expressed regrets or denunciation of the atrocities when they took place.
“Once again,” writes Glazov, “the believers did not care about the victims of their idols. In the eyes of the Left, those victims had merely gotten what they deserved – because their existence was an obstacle in the path to earthly utopia.”
Glazov points out that modern Islamism was actually incubated by both the Nazis and Marxist-Leninist thought.
“While militant Islam has its own unique religious component, it shares with the secular totalitarianisms the impulse to create an earthly paradise by washing the slate clean with human blood,” he writes. “There is in fact no sacred/secular distinction in Islam, and Islamists envision enforcing the kingdom of heaven on earth. The greatest obligation of the Islamist, like that of the believer in the other two totalisms, is to submit his will to the deity and, if the opportunity arises, to give his life for it. Martyrdom and suicide become the favored expressions of this submission and of the radical desire for perfection. It is precisely this ingredient that has so attracted the Western Left to Islamism.”
Besides anti-Americanism and bloodlust, leftists and Islamists share another common denominator, writes Glazov – hatred of Jews.
“Like its ideological cousins, Fascism and Communism, Islamism wages war against Jews in its effort to secure its own survival,” he says. “Totalist ideologies detest modernity, individual freedom and any value place on individual human life – notions with which Jews are strongly identified. Jews also personify the enduring struggle to survive, rather than the impulse to destroy and perish. … [S]uch a disposition is tantamount to a declaration of war.”
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