Wednesday, February 15, 2012
It must be obvious by now that the so-called "Arab Spring" is nothing of the sort. What we are looking at is the "Islamist Spring" or perhaps the "Islamist Winter," but this movement throughout the Arab world is far less about democracy, despite what ideologically blinkered "progressives" would tell you, than it is about the rise of al-Sharia, political Islam, the Jihad.
Every time progressives wax enthusiastic for the “blessings of liberty” arising from the so-called “Arab Spring” they are in fact rooting for the Jihad, wittingly or not.
It is, in part, for this reason that I accuse the Obama administration of cheer-leading the Jihad. It’s not that I believe that Obama’s intention is to do so. It is that his administration is, in fact, doing so. Whatever Obama’s intention he is validating and promoting the Jihad through validating and promoting the Jihad’s foremost organization, the Muslim Brotherhood, who he met with in secret prior to helping them gain power in Egypt. It’s undeniable at this point, but most of the administration’s remaining liberal Jewish supporters will continue playing ostrich until the very end.
The reason that the Obama administration is cheering-on political Islam is because as “progressives” they understand that the Arab and Muslim worlds have suffered terribly at the hands of white, racist, imperialist, Zionist, colonialists (i.e., bad) white people and therefore if Arabs and Muslims choose to champion an anti-Semitic, anti-Gay, and anti-female political movement, such as political Islam, it must represent the rich and benevolent flowering of Arab democracy and what well-meaning liberal could possibly oppose such a thing?
That political Islam is entirely inconsistent with democracy, or basic human decency, due to the fact that al-Sharia is an undemocratic and violently racist form of government does not seem to bother progressives. Neither does it seem to bother progressives that political Islam, and the Muslim Brotherhood, are also characterized by an anti-Semitic genocidal obsession. On a daily basis the imams and the ayatollahs scream for the murder of Jews and when Jewish people point this out, we get defamed as racists by western progressives.
Arab religious leadership screeches for the genocide of the Jews and we have this material on video. One need only look through the archives of MEMRI or Palestinian Media Watch, among other places, to see clip after clip of Arab and Muslim religious leadership calling for Jewish genocide.
Yet so much of the progressive-left in the United States and Europe actually sides with the Jihad and does so based, in ironic delusion, on notions of “universal human rights.” This is how blinkered the left has become. Many of them honestly believe that as a matter of “social justice” the Jews of this generation, just like the Jews of every generation, must be violently confronted and that “righteous Jews,” anti-Zionist or Israel hating Jews, must lead the way against Israel. This is just the kind of thing promoted on Daily Kos and the Huffington Post and the UK Guardian.
What this must mean for young, idealistic Jewish college kids is beyond me. They are told by their progressive peers that they are racist and beneath contempt merely if they wish to support their own people through supporting the Jewish state. This is something that progressives force on young Jewish kids that they force on no one else’s kids. Only Jewish kids are taught that if they wish to be moral they must be opposed to the well-being of their own people.
You do not need to take my word for it. Read Matt and Zach over at the Huffington Post Monitor or Adam Levick over at CiF Watch, which covers the Guardian. They do a terrific job of showing the operations of progressive anti-Jewish racists in progressive-left venues.
Most progressives, however, simply do not see it. It is not that most progressives are anti-Semitic. They are not. It is that they do not get it. They do not care. And they very much want you to shut the fuck up.
It is the red-green alliance and the reality of it was driven home to me during the Mavi Marmara incident in which progressives joined with Jihadis to confront Israeli Jews for the purpose of breaking the blockade of Gaza, a blockade put into place because Hamas, the Palestinian wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, was rocketing southern Israel for years.
The effect of this, ultimately, is that there is a wing of the progressive-left that is acting as the current manifestation of the world’s oldest hatred. They are not marching around in shiny black boots. They are merely flinging anti-Semitic tropes at the Jews in much the same way that some people have always done so. Just as the Nazis told themselves that Jews were nefariously controlling the government of the Weimar Republic, and betrayed the German nation during the First World War, so many progressives tell one another that the nefarious “Israel Lobby,” or AIPAC, is influencing the American government and the American media to the detriment of the American people, in service to Jewish interests.
It is the same form of the same old hatred, but now it is coming at us from the political left.
So, as an American Jew that cares about the Jewish people, both Israeli and diaspora, should I not consider western progressive anti-Semitic anti-Zionism to be the contemporary iteration of genocidal anti-Semitism? I do not see how I cannot.
My father’s side of the family was lost to the actual Nazis in World War II during Operation Barbarosa in the Ukraine. They were lined up in the very ditches that they dug and shot because well-meaning people kept telling one another how heinous the Jews are.
Just like, sadly, so many progressives tell one another today.