I really, really, really hate to quote Hitchens. Oh, he's intelligent and has a good pen. I saw him interviewed on Tucker Carlson: Unfiltered on PBS You the other night and he speaks well. His years as a defender of the Palestinian cause and his chronic misrepresentations of Israel and it's seemingly never ending fight against Palestinian terrorism has made me more than a bit ill on a number of occasions. Mr. Hitchens also happens to have, more correctly than anyone I have heard, identified the enemies of the United States as Islamic fascists. He has been doing so consistently for three years.
Mr. Hitchens also decries the left, with whom he once so strongly identified, for it's support of Islamic fascism. We have seen freedom, democracy, and pretty much all civil rights and civil liberties extinguished in any place the Islamists have taken power. Simply look at Sudan, the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, or Iran for examples. This all seems so obvious. Yet the left turns around and makes excuses for the 9/11 terrorists and al-Qaida, for Palestinian terrorism, and indeed for many such movements around the world. The left talks of hopelessness, poverty, oppression, and so on as if it's some sort of excuse for the mass murder of innocents. Can anyone justify what happened in Beslan, Russia last week? Is the deliberate and cold blooded murder of children ever justified? I think not.
We saw people who see themselves as great liberals offer themselves up as human shields for Saddam Hussein. Now they endlessly protest American human rights violations, no matter how isolated, in Iraq and Afghanistan while ignoring the often brutal actions of insurgents in Iraq or the still dangerous Taliban. They continually bemoan wrongness of the U.S. led invasions. They do this despite the fact that Saddam Hussein had the blood of a million people on his hands or the oppression suffered by so many under the Taliban. The mass graves found in Iraq do not lie and are there for all to see. Whether or not the U.S. invasion was justified is neither here nor there. To me it seems clear that defending Saddam Hussein or the Taliban and ignoring their extreme abuse of human rights while chastising the United States in the worst kind of hypocrisy.
In Israel these similarly "high minded" leftists claim to be "peace activists" while aiding and abetting Palestinian terrorism. Those who join the International Solidarity Movement and groups like it are welcomed by Yasser Arafat, by Hamas and Islamic Jihad, and all the other Palestinian terrorists who are more than happy to see these often young would-be peaceniks die so that their "martyrdom" can be used as a public relations weapon against Israel. Rachel Corrie was no hero. She was an ignorant young woman who was duped into getting herself killed.
Christoper Hitchens wrote in the same 2001 article:
Three years later Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, a man the left loves to demonize, is indeed preparing a withdrawal from Gaza. In doing so he has alienated much of his own party and his base of support and turned his large ruling coalition into a minority government. Even many of Prime Minister Sharon's long time critics have been eloquent in their praise of the Prime Minister's plan. U.N. envoy Terje Roed-Larsen called it "a bold step that should be welcomed by all the United Nations" and went on to say of Sharon: "no Israeli Prime Minister had previously had the vision to say he would remove settlers, as long called for by the international community, and initiate a plan for its implementation." Despite this the far left still casts the Prime Minister, and Israel as a whole, as the villain and continues to support those who continue to perpetrate relentless terror attacks upon innocent people.
I am forced to conclude that some on the left are so brainwashed to oppose anything from what they perceive as the right, so dedicated to their opposition, so desperately searching for a revolution to embrace that they sooner support fascism, even when the jihadist speaks openly of genocide on a scale not seen since Nazism fell. The far left has lost it's moral compass and it's collective soul. It is reduced to supporting a morass of totalitarianism, intolerance, and brutality.
Someone who truly believes in and espouses liberal values cannot help but stand against Islamic fascism as Hitchens now does. Indeed, I would argue that an impassioned defense of Israel, which cherishes freedom, democracy, justice, and ultimately human rights to a greater degree than most nations, should be well within the realm of liberal thought. For some, ranging from Alan Dershowitz to John Kerry, it clearly is. 9/11 forced many of us to reassess our positions in order to remain true to our values.
Those old leftists who fail to do so find themselves supporting the unsupportable and in doing so render themselves irrelevant. They sadly still manage to pass their ideas onto impressionable and ignorant young people who have never seen Israel or the Palestinians and who have no idea what the "Islamic paradise" of the Taliban really meant. They protest for peace by supporting those who only truly offer the peace of the grave. The result is that most Americans and Israelis alike recognize this and reject the left.