Bringing together anarchists, Marxists and radical Muslims, new coalitions of Americans and Brits are joining forces not only to express opposition to the U.S. presence in Iraq but in some cases to urge outright support for the insurgents there killing GIs on a nearly daily basis.
Writing in a recent edition of the International Socialist Review, Paul D’Amato argues, “If the war is one of imperialist conquest, and the resistance opposes that conquest, then by definition the Iraqi resistance is a legitimate war of national liberation.”
D’Amato says that to deny support for the resistance is synonymous with rejecting national independence for Iraq.
The anarchist site anarkismo.net, while teasing the possibility of support for the insurgents, ultimately urges against it, partly because the terrorists in Iraq allegedly are “pro-capitalist.”
“Probably most of the fighters in the resistance (also called insurgents) are motivated by a just desire to get rid of foreign occupiers,” writes Wayne Price on the group’s site. “The movement is heterogeneous. But their leadership seems to be mostly Islamicist authoritarians, who want to establish a theocratic dictatorship and are explicitly pro-capitalist.”
Despite the action of the “resistance” to route out the Americans, the characteristics cited by the anarchists, such as the fact their “tendencies have much in common with fascism” appear to disqualify them for support.
Meanwhile, the exteme leftist group Codepink is teaming up with radical Muslims to push opposition to American presence in Iraq.
Codepink is joining hands with the Muslim Public Affairs Council to sponsor an event next month in Culver City, Calif., to help unveil a new book, “Why They Don’t Hate Us: Unveiling the Axis of Evil” by Mark LeVine, a leftist activist who says an “Axis of Empathy” is the only strategy that can bring about a long-term solution to the war between radical Islam and the West.
The executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council is Baghdad-born Salam Al-Marayati, known for his extreme anti-Israel, anti-American statements dating back to 9-11 and before.
In response to the September 11 attacks, Al-Marayati stated, “If we’re going to look at suspects we should look to the groups that benefit the most from these kinds of incidents, and I think we should put the state of Israel on the suspect list because I think this diverts attention from what’s happening in the Palestinian territories so that they can go on with their aggression and occupation and apartheid policies.”
In the United Kingdom, according to the London Spectator, a steering committee has been organized to coordinate activities of a cooperative effort joining Marxists and other leftists with radical Islamists. The committee consists of 18 from myriad hard-left groups, three from the radical wing of Britain’s Labour Party, eight from the ranks of the radical Islamists and four leftist ecologists.
Writes Christopher Chantrill in the American Thinker: “The formal coalition between the hard left and the Islamists is a shock. It is difficult to believe that the secular left could really find common cause with religious fundamentalists of any stripe. But we should remember our history. In World War I, progressive souls sympathized with the German effort to humble the capitalist nation of shopkeepers. In World War II, progressives were indifferent to the fate of the European democracies until Hitler invaded the Soviet Union. In World War III, they actively cheered for the Soviets although they denied the right of anyone to complain about it.
“It makes complete sense that the left’s first act in the 21st century should be to form a coalition with a new anti-Western force. The war against democratic capitalism continues.”