Does anyone wonder where the Tom Hayden-Jane Fonda SDS radicals went? The ones who chanted “Hey, hey LBJ how many kids did you kill today?” and cheered on the Communists in Vietnam, and went into the streets to demand America’s withdrawal from Vietnam and became suddenly silent when our troops were pulled and the Communists proceeded to slaughter two-and-a half million Cambodians and Vietnamese? Well today they are the heart and soul of the Democratic Party, calling for a capitulation in the war in Iraq and referring to George Bush as Hitler, or perhaps merely suggesting that his mentality is fascist, while insisting and that America’s war in Iraq is a mask for conquest and imperial goals.
These aging New Lefties are also busy digging graves for the Jews in the Middle East by pretending that the genocidal Muslims in the Palestinian territories are really victims and that they only express genocidal desires because they’re frustrated and reduced to desperation by American and Israeli power. The lefties I’m referring to are grouped around magazines like the Nation and the American Prospect and websites like Daily Kos and Common Dreams; their organizations are among the netroots and Democratic Party caucuses like the “Campaign for America’s Future,” which are mandatory stations on the road to the White House for the current crop of Democratic presidential candidates.
These observations are provoked by an email I received from one of their number, a political piranha with intellectual pretensions named Rick Perlstein. His email read: “Couldn't find your jihad vid on YouTube as promised in your email today. What's the YouTube URL? – RP” Of course I knew who Rick Perlstein was, and the lack of a hello in his email or any modicum of civility, which even a political opponent could be expected to muster, might have caused a less generous fellow than I can sometimes be to ignore the communication or just tell him to get lost. After all, on past occasions he had attacked me pretty viciously, and this email was not a response to anything I had actually written but to an e-newsletter that my staff had put out which bore my signature.
But that is not the way I deal with people. Instead of treating him according to his deserts, I did what I usually do in such cases and let the insulting style float by me while responding thus:
“Dear Rick, I'm not sure which of our three videos you’re referring to. You can access all three at www.terrorismawareness.org....”
To which he replied: “Your e-newsletter says ‘What Every American Needs to Know About Jihad’ is on YouTube, which I’d like to embed on my site.”
By this time I had a pretty good idea that whatever he was going to do with the video was not going to be pleasant, but I went along with the program anyway: “I’m happy to be collaborating on something with you. I’ll have to pass this question on to my technical people…”
Perlstein did “embed” the video (which can be accessed here) on his website along with this commentary:
David Horowitz writes me a letter
By Rick Perlstein on August 15, 2007 - 12:57pm.
The right’s preeminent shrieking harpy—no, not Ann Coulter; even worse than Ann Coulter—importunes me with an “e-newsletter” about the latest goings-on at his David Horowitz Freedom Center. A tidbit that caught my eye:
One strong measurement of the effect we’re having (and the need for what we do) came in the form of request from the head the FBI-California Highway Patrol Joint Counter-terrorism Task Force who called this week to ask if their group could use our flash video ‘What Every American Needs to Know About Jihad’ as a training film.
See What Every American Needs to Know About Jihad for yourself, and let the California Highway Patrol know if you think this is productive use of their officers’ time, and a useful contribution to California's public safety [...]
So Perlstein’s reason for posting the video was not to help us alert Americans to the fact that the jihadists are planning their destruction (which is the gist of our production) but to organize a campaign of other leftists to pressure the Joint Counter-terrorism Task Force not to use the video as a training film.
Reading Perlstein’s post and the comments that followed was revealing. I am the author of a book called Unholy Alliance: Radical Islam and the American Left, which explains how the hatred of many American leftists towards their own country and their fellow citizens (whom they regard as little Eichmanns and agents of the Great Satan) has led them into an unholy alliance with religious zealots who want to destroy us (and of course them along with us). Yet, even though I have explained this at great length, I continually find myself unprepared for the level and intensity of that hatred. While I knew Perlstein was up to something, I did not really suspect that he would consider this little video to be the menace rather than its subject. (And Perlstein is a moderate!)
Consider these comments on Perlstein’s “Campaign for America’s Future,” website. This is an audience, remember, which Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and the other Democrats who might be president think it is necessary to woo:
“Now David Horowitz seems to be trying to fill the shoes of both Goebbels and Leni Riefenstahl…. Bragging that the JTTF is using his ‘film’ is like bragging that the Nazi’s are buying his Swastika’s. The JTTF has a track record that marks it as a political unit designed to target Bush Administration opponents – Citizen Steve.”
Is this who Rick Perlstein is hanging out with? People who think the CHP and the FBI are the Nazi Party?
Here’s one from someone who,
“Wrote the CHP:
“I looked at the video, and it is, indeed, right wing garbage. I then clicked on the link for the CHP, and filled out the form for a citizen complaint. As a California resident, I am deeply concerned that the CHP would even consider using such garbage as a training film. There’s no ‘training’ in the film whatsoever, only hysteria raising.”
And here’s one from one of the many leftists who were on the wrong side in the Cold War:
”New Graphics, Old Schtick (sic)
“hot damn! substitute the word ‘communist’ and you have a classic 1950’s ‘global domination’ classroom propaganda flick.
“every day, the corporo-military right gets more desperate and determined to keep the cattle ‘on message.’”
Submitted by billykidd on August 16, 2007 - 1:07pm.
And then there’s this:
Aug 15th, 2007 by oldmancoyote
Rick Perlstein notes that the California Highway Patrol, apparently, are interested in using it as a training video. I’m not sure what the training would be for other than profiling muslims.
In other words, it’s hysteria to regard as dangerous the jihadists who have carried out 9,000 terrorist attacks since 9/11, who have sworn our destruction, who could very well possess biological, chemical and nuclear weapons, who want to die so they can get to heaven, who believe in the mass slaughter of innocents, and who have active allies across this country. That’s to be a “shrieking harpy,” a Gobbels incarnate, a right-wing corporo-military fascist, and of course an Islamophobic racist. On the other hand to be Rick Perlstein, a never-learn- never-say-you’re sorry leftist, is to regard David Horowitz and his video as the enemy and the fanatical Islamists as greatly over-rated and misunderstood.