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

Monday, September 08, 2014


Those of us who have followed the growing cancer that is radical Islam have not been surprised with the atrocities it has initiated over the past six months. Whether it's Boko Haram kidnapping, raping and selling young girls into sexual slavery in Nigeria, or Hamas using woman and children as human shields in Gaza or the "Islamic State (IS)" beheading Americans and slaughtering thousands of Christians and others non-Muslim religious sects in Iraq, their actions are a clear indication of their danger and depravity.

Curiously, the Left has been largely silent when it comes to these atrocities. Sure, some on the Left have expressed outrage in a muted way, but by and large, they seem conflicted about what to say and really, really conflicted about what to do. After all, the greater sin is to be labeled "Islamophobic."

Caroline Glick comments:
It isn’t that the Westerners, led by the leftist elite, lack the ability to feel or express moral outrage. It is just that they refuse to direct it against Islamic jihadists.

And this brings us back to their political alliance with the Islamists.

The only meaningful commonality between Islamist and leftist dogma is hatred for Jews with power, first and foremost for Israel. And the singular creation of this alliance is the sides’ joint determination that it isn’t racist to hate the Jewish state, or Jews who refuse to condemn it.

In this state of affairs, the only outlet that leftists have for their moral outrage is Israel. Because while they fear being called racist, they know that being anti-Semitic will not expose them to charges of racism.

And they know Jews won’t assault them for attacking Israel and its supporters. So they project all the crimes perpetrated by Islamic fanatics on Israel.

For instance, this week Megan Marzec, the president of Ohio University’s Student Senate, posted a video of herself dousing herself in a bucket of “blood.”

Marzec explained, “This bucket of blood symbolizes the thousands of displaced and murdered Palestinians – atrocities which OU is directly complacent in [sic] through cultural and economic ties with the Israeli state.”

In other words, she accused Israel of the crimes Hamas seeks to inflict on Israel, and of the crimes that Islamist forces, such as al-Qaida, Islamic State and Boko Haram, are currently carrying out in their areas of operations.

The growing prevalence of anti-Semitism in leftist circles has placed Jewish leftists in a vulnerable position.

Their ideological movement is denying Jews the right to self-defense and self-determination and siding with Islamists who seek to annihilate them.
Over the past few weeks, IS has demanded that every woman between 15 and 42 in Mosul, Iraq be given a clitorectomy (female genital mutilation)—sexual abuse in the extreme. The feminist Left remains largely silent. The leftist media prefers not to report this atrocity, and the academic Left lobbies for a boycott against ... Israel. The Leftist leadership in our government remains silent on the matter, having bigger things to worry about like "climate change." If it weren't so serious, the idiocy and abject hypocrisy of the Left's position on this would be comical.

The Left is very good at moral outrage, at street demonstrations, boycotts, and other "protest theater." Why is it, then, that none of these things has occurred on a worldwide scale when it comes to Boko Haram, or Hamas, or IS? The Left is also very good at demonizing a country or a group when it doesn't meet their imposed "moral" standards. Why then is there no Leftist demonization of Boko Haram, or Hamas, or IS? One would almost think that there is a bizarre affinity between the Left and the Islamists. Nah, couldn't be. Could it?