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The Left's Guerilla War By: Henry Mark Holzer
HenryMarkHolzer.com | Tuesday, May 26, 2009


It is indisputable that since at least the beginning of the Twentieth Century the American Left has been engaged in a guerilla war against its own country, while having a love fest with their totalitarian idols who seek our destruction.

As Dr. Jamie Glazov explains in the Preface to his new book, United in Hate: The Left’s Romance with Tyranny and Terror (WND Books):

"Throughout the twentieth century, the Western Left supported one totalitarian killing machine after another. Prominent intellectuals from George Bernard Shaw to Bertolt Brecht to Susan Sontag venerated mass murderers such as Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Castro, and Ho Chi Minh, habitually excusing their atrocities while blaming America, and even the victims, for the crimes.

"After 9/11, when the Islamist death cult made itself the West’s new worst adversary, history repeated itself. The Left once again gave its affection to mass murderers and heaped its scorn on America and the West. The only difference this time around was that the Left’s favorite murderers were waving not the red flag of proletarian revolution, but the black flag of Islamic jihad. As they did in the twentieth century, members of the political faith, like Jimmy Carter, Noan Chomsky, Michael Moore, and Tom Hayden, once again reached out to bloodthirsty tyrants bent on human destruction."

That the American Left has been guilty of this moral treason to their birthright is by now a well known story. Too well known, in fact—as witnessed by Carter’s abandonment of the Shah of Iran, Chomsky’s gloating about 9/11, Moore’s paean to the Cuban dictator, and Hayden’s constitutional treason in North Vietnam. Other equally immoral conduct by prominent Americans abounds.

What is not as well known, however, is found in the promise of Dr. Glazov’s Preface’s last sentence: “This book,” he writes, “is dedicated to exploring the reasons why” (my emphasis). He wants to understand “the impulses that stimulate the radical mind and that have led to its love affair with radical Islam”—an assignment which, if accomplished successfully, will be of inestimable value.

The author’s exploration of this crucially important distinction—between the that of Americans repudiating individual rights and democracy, and the why of their aberrant, contra-intuitive behavior—can provide intellectuals and activists alike with a powerful weapon in the fight against America’s enemies.

Several themes which explain the why are developed at far greater length than can be explicated here. For example, in Chapter Two Dr. Glazov identifies that “the believer’s totalitarian journey begins with an acute sense of alienation from his own society.” He expands this identification with the realization that at bottom his “believers” are collectivists:

"In rejecting his own society, the believer spurns the values of democracy and individual freedom, which are anathema to him, since he has miserably failed to cope with both the challenges they pose and the possibilities they offer. Tortured by his personal alienation, which is accompanied by feelings of self-loathing, the believer craves a fairy-tale world where no individuality exists, and where human estrangement is thus impossible. The believer fantasizes about how his own individuality and self will be submerged within the collective whole."

A related theme is how personal alienation, and thus the need to belong to “something bigger than oneself,” ideally populated by co-victims, is related to guilt, the need for power, and its worship in the hands of a strongman: Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Castro, Ho, Pol Pot, Saddam, Arafat.

In his telling of the why, Dr. Glazov’s narrative covers vast territory: apologist pilgrims to the hellholes of the Soviet Union, Red China, North Vietnam and Communist Cuba; their reigning despots’ savage repression of individual rights and human dignity; the nature and goals of death-cult Islam; twenty-first century terrorism; and more.

And at the core of the alienation, self-hatred, envy, fear, and other-hatred are the warped psychologies of the supplicants who through the years have worshiped at the feet of the modern world’s most monstrous figures, while the streets are awash with blood and the lands fill with corpses. All, they say, in the name of peace, brotherhood and a promised utopia that is to be achieved by mass murder of innocent men, women and children.

Dr. Jamie Glazov has written a very important, impeccably sourced and beautifully written book. As promised, it explains the why which motivates some human beings to eschew life and instead worship death—all in the name of filling, through death and destruction, the self-caused void in their own souls.

United in Hate is a cautionary tale. Unless its message is heard, and acted upon, that death and destruction will continue to metastasize until freedom is dealt a blow from which it may not recover.

See Frontpage Editor Jamie Glazov's LA speech here.


Henry Mark Holzer, Professor Emeritus at Brooklyn Law School, is a constitutional lawyer and author most recently of The Supreme Court Opinions of Clarence Thomas, 1991-2006, A Conservative’s Perspective.



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