After the curtain went up on the leftist street theatre in Paris calling itself a "unity" march following the Charlie Hebdo-Jewish market massacre, there was a point at which the mask dropped. While spectators might have been trying to figure out what, if anything, the march was showing "unity" for or against – besides being against Marine Le Pen, who was not invited, and against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who, we later discovered, was urged not to come – marchers lifted their voices to accompany loudspeakers blasting "Imagine." The face of "unity" was visible.
I'm referring, of course, to John Lennon's "Imagine," that maudlin pop-anthem to "stateless" Marxian negationism.
"… Imagine there's no countries ... nothing to kill or die for ... no religion too ... no possessions ... no need for greed or hunger ... Imagine all the people/Sharing all the world ..."
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With this anthem, the symbolic message of the march becomes unmistakable. According to such symbolism, it made perfect sense for the French Socialist political powers-that-be to have failed to invite Front National leader Le Pen, whose party is supported by approximately 25 percent of the French electorate, and also to have urged Prime Minister Netanyahu to stay home in Israel. These two leaders would ruin the "Imagine" message.
Both Le Pen and Netanyahu in their different ways represent people who are not only disenfranchised in the "Imagine" world but, it must be also noted, are also eliminated. That's because Le Pen and Netanyahu constituents are the enemies of the "Imagine" state of being. They include people who love their countries, people who would (and who have) died for them. They include people who are inspired and also defined by mainly Christian and Jewish religions. They even include people who believe in free markets or are wealth creators themselves. They also include people who are not prone to believe, let alone sing, the drivel of the Communist Internationale as rendered multi-multi-platinum – and particularly not as an anthem for fighting Islamic jihad, reversing Islamic incursions into their lands and rejecting Shariah.
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The fact is, you can't fight Islam with nothing, not even nihilistic collectivism masquerading as nothing.
But "nothing" is what almost all of the West, including the U.S., is offering – and that has nothing to do with the U.S. having missed the "Imagine" march. Nonetheless, the Obama administration now seems to view the Charlie Hebdo-Jewish market massacre as merely a catalyst for post-march damage control.
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Such damage control is what caused Secretary of State John Kerry to stage what amounts to an "Imagine" "encore." It was an event too absurd for discussion except for the fact that it represents the leading edge of the foreign policy of the United States of America.
The scene: Armed and extremely dangerous Islamic forces threaten the peace and prosperity of the Western world. The U.S. secretary of state arrives in Paris, the most recent bloody battleground in the West. It's not just that Kerry didn't offer some variant of "blood, toil, tears and sweat." No one expects from him anything remotely Churchillian. But with cries of "Allahu Akbar" and Kalashnikov fire practically still echoing in the streets, did he have to offer "a hug to all of Paris"? The answer, of course, is yes. And James Taylor, too. On a dais at city hall in Paris, with the secretary of state looking on, James Taylor sang to France, "You've Got a Friend." "Winter, spring, summer or fall, all you have to do is call …"
The crowd cheered. I'll bet the jihadis did, too – but for different reasons.