Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Failures of Progressive-Left Zionism: Political Islam

Mike L.

Progressive-left Jewish Zionists are failing the Jewish people.

The first way in which progressive-left Zionism is failing is in its ostrich-like reluctance to acknowledge, and seriously discuss, the rise of the Jihad throughout the Muslim Middle East. This failure is exceedingly dangerous because the Jews of the Middle East represent something like 1/70th of the total population there and much of that total is moving toward genocidal Islamism. Just as progressive diaspora Jews were basically silent during the rise of Nazi Germany, so they are silent now. We cannot know what the rise of political Islam will mean to the Jewish people in the long term, but we do know that this particular trend is anti-Semitic, and genocidal, to the core.

The failure of progressive-left Jews to address this issue represents a very dangerous form of cowardice and / or ideological blinkertude.

Throughout the 1990s and the Bush II era, I did not give much credence to Republican or conservative concerns about terrorism or, as they might say, "Islamofascism." During the Clinton years I assumed that Islamist terrorism was a bogey-man and during the Bush years I resented what I took to be the using of the so-called War on Terrorism to cynically move funds in various directions and to bolster the political careers of prominent conservatives and Republicans.

It is this, by the way, which represents the backdrop for progressive Jewish unwillingness to understand that times have changed. And times have changed. When I was still a Democrat, the radical Jihad was pretty much limited to Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas, Qaeda, and the Taliban. One country and a number of fringe organizations, one of which gave us 9/11.

Now we have Iran, Hez, Hamas, Qaeda, the Taliban, and increasingly, Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Lebanon, Morocco, Yemen, Bahrain, Nigeria, and Sudan. When progressive-left Jews ignore the Jihadi fruits of the so-called "Arab Spring," or explain it away as "the blessings of democracy," as Obama does, they are veiling the fact that the entire Middle East is going through an Islamist awakening, not a democratic one. The Muslim Brotherhood, an organization with an historical provenance that goes to Nazi Germany, is finally taking over Egypt.

The American president does not mind and, sadly, neither do progressive-left diaspora Jews.

I would suggest that this is a major problem, but the question is "why?" Why do progressive-left diaspora Jews absolutely refuse to acknowledge, and seriously discuss, what is the foremost geo-political happening since the demise of the Soviet Union? How is it possible that, just as with the rise of Nazi Germany, progressive-left Jews are failing to acknowledge what is before their very eyes? The answer is cowardice and ideological blindness. They are afraid to say anything, or even really think anything on this question, not out of fear of Jihadis, but out of a social fear of their fellow progressives for whom any reference to political Islam is taken as a form of "Islamophobia."  The Jews of the Middle East are increasingly surrounded by a vicious political movement which would see them dead, yet progressive-left diaspora Jews close their eyes and turn away because they do not want to be called mean names by their fellow progressives.

They are, in a sense, swapping Political Correctness for the well-being of the Jewish people. The best that they will do is go after safe, but largely irrelevant, targets like fringe-right Skin-heads or Klansmen, wherein their fellow non-Jewish progressives will give them a nice kitsel behind the ear.

This represents the first, but not the only, sad failure of contemporary progressive-left Zionism.

{They might as well be mutes.}


  1. You forgot to mention Nigeria and Sudan. The clash is not just against Jews, though many you mention actually seem to prefer Muslims over Christians, as if all Christians were born again evangelicals who connive solely for Israel's demise.

    These folks are irrelevant when one looks at matters on the ground. The unity government in Israel shows how far out of touch they are. The majority understands the issue, in Israel and America. It is in our security interests to support Israel, our friend. This includes most Democrats, even a more reluctant Obama, whose performance has been less than stellar, despite the fawning he receives from the same crew.

    The problem is that the Republicans are worse. They do not comprehend the human effects of their dogmatic idea of liberty and how it affects the overall social contract.

    In the end, events will continue to make the dynamic more clear for all of us, as the situation gets worse. At some point, there will be consensus that Western values are worth protecting.

    Progressive Zionism seems inherently contradictory philosophically, a matter not discussed enough. Instead, Progressive Zionists act primarily to forward a pro-Obama agenda. The partisan nature of their endeavor helps explain why they are prone to demonize people that differ politically, in similar tones to those they call deranged or extremist. This is especially the case when it comes to human rights voices against Islamic persecution, of women, children, and minorities, including Muslims. These liberal voices are deemed "Islamophobes" and "haters," who need be criminally silenced from their sane and tolerant world.

    Orwell could not have written what exists any better.

    1. Jeez, School,

      you're taking a nuanced view.

      Don't you know that doing nuance is now considered "conservative" and therefore ipso fatso wrong?


      Terrific comment... much to chew on.