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Why They Hate Us By: Michael Ledeen
FrontPageMagazine.com | Friday, April 03, 2009

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I’ve never actually met Jamie Glazov, although we’ve filled many screens with our email correspondence, often in connection with his excellent discussions on Frontpagemag.com. Now, having read his fine book United in Hate; The Left’s Romance With Tyranny and Terror, I have a much better sense of who he is: a refugee from Communist tyranny, a serious thinker about the crisis we’re in, and a remarkably sensitive analyst who is one of the few to have put proper emphasis on the close relationship between our current jihadi enemies and the radical leftists who have worked for our destruction for such a long time.

United in Hate should be a basic text for students of modern mass movements, and of totalitarianism. He’s got a keen eye for evil, and relentlessly goes to the black heart of the matter: “The believers worshiped Lenin not despite but because of the terror he inflicted.” Man is indeed more inclined to do evil than to do good, which is the starting point for Machiavelli’s politics. Glazov knows that well, and he despises those many politicians and intellectuals who have fallen into line for the tyrants; he hates tyranny and is driven to understand why it has so often succeeded. In case after case, he documents the enthusiasm of tyranny’s followers. From Lenin and Stalin to Mao and Castro and Pol Pot, he catalogues the adulation of their supporters in the free countries of the West.

This terrible history is not well understood by students of recent generations, and United in Hate would be invaluable for that reason alone. But it is much more, because Jamie spends considerable time on a subject that seems at first blush to be totally out of place in such a book: love. And why does he spend so much time on it? Because he understands that human love is the antithesis of the total control that the tyrants of the Left, and their newfound allies in the armies of militant Islam, strive to impose on the world. “The individual’s right to pursue happiness…interferes with the building of the perfect, unified social order; human joy and cheer are tacit endorsements of the present order that both leftist and Islamist utopians want to destroy.” And the most subversive of all human passions is love.

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