The further to the left or the right you move, the more your lens on life distorts.

Saturday, September 30, 2006

No Excuses

I have, on numerous occasions, lamented the strange and saddening de facto coalition that has formed between the angry-Left in the West and Islamofascists throughout the Middle East. It’s difficult for me to understand how progressives accept and often apologize for an ideology that is flatly opposed everything they hold dear.

And yet, people like Michael Moore say: “The Iraqis who have risen up against the occupation are not 'insurgents' or 'terrorists' or 'The Enemy.' They are the revolution, the Minutemen, and their numbers will grow - and they will win.” He says this about Islamofascist death squads who murder their fellow Moslems (civilian men, women and children) on a daily basis. Or Cindy Sheehan who says: “We were told that we were attacked on 9/11 because the terrorists hate our freedoms and democracy ... not for the real reason, because the Arab Muslims who attacked us hate our Middle-Eastern foreign policy.” So in other words, if you don’t like our Middle-Eastern foreign policy, the murder 3,000 civilians is understandable.

It’s reasonable to argue that Moore and Sheehan are far-Left ideologues or delusional idiots (I opt for the second choice, personally). But what seems to be happening is their toxic rhetoric and ideas are moving away from the fringes and into mainstream Leftist thinking.

But there is hope. British left-leaning journalist David Aaronovitch has produced a wonderful documentary, No Excuses for Terror, (hat tip: LGF) that is a thought-provoking look at the Left’s current attitudes and what they mean to the progressive movement. Every person interviewed --labor leaders, politicians, people on the street – is a liberal, and every one of them discusses this issue in a thoughtful way. The documentary is 40 minutes long and is well worth the time. One can only wonder why we never see anything like it among the many broadcast outlets in the USA.